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
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
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.