Making The Glass

Most of the glass Rebecca make takes several firings as each piece is made up of several layers of clear and transparent glass.

Making the Glass

Fused Glass Alliums

Alliums before firing showing how glass frit and powder used

Fused Glass Alliums

The same Alliums after firing

Rebecca gradually build up the image using a variety of techniques. She will take a layer of glass and make up the design using enamels, glass shapes she has cut, glass frit (small chips of coloured glass), metals, and glass powder (coloured glass ground to a powder).

Each layer is fired in the kiln for a minimum of 10 hours – often longer. So one piece of glass normally takes several days to make. When the glass is fired in the kiln to around 800 degrees C it becomes viscous and fused together.

 

 

 

 


Firing the Glass

Glass in kiln ready to be fired

Glass in kiln ready to be fired

An example of tack fused glass

This is an example of ‘tack’ fused glass. This took several days to fire

The exact temperature is varied depending upon whether Rebecca wants the glass to fire fully or just ‘tack’ together.

Once a piece of glass is fired it is often then put in the kiln over a bisque ceramic mould to ‘slump’ to the desired shape.


What I Make

Rebecca makes art glass – fused glass pictures, wall art, dishes and jewellery.