Lis Simpson

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Fusing Glass in a Kiln
This summer I visited my artist friend, Deb Kirk, [Deb was on our Tour for many years] who moved to Prince Edward County.  While there we went to several glass and pottery studios.  Of course, I had to buy some glass art for myself!  One of the pieces really intrigued me – it had bubbles created by adding a metallic oxide between the two clear glass pieces. 
So I wanted to do this technique for myself.  Here’s the process I go through in making a glass plate, first cutting the glass.  (This also gives you a small glance into my studio.)

After I’ve cut the various pieces, I added the powdered metallic oxides to two pieces of clear glass – in this case, both copper and cobalt.  Whenever handling powdered chemicals or glass, one needs to wear a respirator for safety.

Then the first firing.  WOW!  I love the bubbles it created!

For the second firing I put the clear glass piece onto a white glass base and put it into the kiln.

The final firing will be to slump the piece into a plate with the edges curled up.  

Come to the studio tour to see the final result!

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Lis Simpson's new work

Glass Mask Making – 3 kiln Firings
When you are combining glass components, such as in a mask, you have to take care that the glasses are compatible.  Otherwise they crack or explode when heated or cooled in the firing process!  The base of this mask is two layers of green and clear glass.  The eyes are layers of several other colours.  This got a full fuse firing in the kiln.

For accents I used glass rods, which I worked into different shapes on the torch.  I also created “strings” of glass for the hair.  Bits of rods were cut for the “teeth”.

After the base had cooled from the kiln, I arranged the rods to become eyebrows, nose and mouth.  I put in “teeth” bits between the lips.  Look he’s sticking out his tongue!  This design tack fused all the bits; tack fusing doesn’t melt the pieces totally down flat.

Finally the mask was slumped in the kiln to create the rounded shape.