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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Glass and clay

One of the techniques we learned in Steven Forbes deSoule's workshop is glass application to clay. Steven made the platter above during our workshop. It looks much better in person, it was hard to photograph without proper lighting, it is so translucent.
Steven cuts the glass patterns with a glass cutter(wear your safety glasses) and places the pieces on top of the glazed ware. Glass rods are also cut in various sizes for use. The circles around the flower pattern are glass rods that were cut in very small pieces, as the clay melted it pushed out the glaze and made sort of a halo around the glass color.
When the piece is around 2000 degrees the kiln is opened and tongs are used to swirl the glass around. The results are sooooo wonderful!!

8 comments:

Laura said...

That is by far the most beautiful raku plate I have ever seen. What a cool process. You gonna try it at home? I have a lot of glass if you want to play.

Jerry said...

Totally awesome!! What a great technique. Are you going to try it?

jimgottuso said...

wow! i thought it was cool just looking at it but it kills me that he stirs the molten glass around while it's still hot.

cindy shake said...

My first thought was, wow, look how the glass pooled and swirled!!! Then I read that was purposeful -HOW COOL!

Judy Shreve said...

Very cool & wonderful plate. What a great technique. Are you going to try it -- can't wait to see your work.

Linda Starr said...

Oh, how beautiful and it also looks like a lot of fun. I have some vintage amber bubble glass I have been saving from our remodel. I guess I'll pack it and take it along with me when I move.

jbf said...

Wow! Adding another thing to the list of what I want to try.

createniks said...

Technical question. Do you need a kiln with lid elements to do that?

It's a very cool technique. We've been thinking of doing that and wondering if it was possible.

Thanks,
Scott