My glass art pieces are primarily fused, cast and slumped glass, formed in a kiln. The fused glass process, also called, warm glass, usually begins with sheets of flat glass. Carefully considering the final shape, vision, design elements and purpose, each piece is cut and assembled onto a glass kiln shelf. The glass is gradually heated through a series of stages to melt the pieces together, usually reaching a temperature of nearly 500 degrees. Once the pieces are melted together a gradual and calculated cooling process is begun to ensure the glass is cooled at a rate to remove any stress within the glass. Generally, most initial fusing cycles run about 20 hours. Thicker pieces can take days to heat and cool. After the initial fuse, any design elements which may be added to the glass surface are created, and added to the surface, and the entire piece is put back into the kiln for another approximately 17 hour fuse cycle, this time, reaching a lower temperature to seal the design elements to the surface, and once again carefully cooled. Finally, if the piece is to be formed into a shape, the glass is heated in a kiln to a molten temperature allowing the glass to flow into or over a ceramic or stainless steel mold, generally taking about 20 more hours to heat and cool slowly.
Glass casting utilizes the same kind of process, although it generally is working with much larger and thicker pieces of glass. Many times, glass-casting uses crushed glass or thicker, brick size pieces of glass broken into various sizes. The molds for casting generally are hand formed clay designs, from which cast molds are made from, prior to adding glass.
I frequently add texture to my glass and torched or melted glass elements, as well as hand-pulled cane and murrine pieces.
I use a wide array of techniques and process to create my unique and distinctive glass art pieces. I have an assortment of kilns in my studio to keep my visions of glass art pieces always in work.
Glass has tremendous versatility, and is liquid, even in its solid date. This enables me to capture the depth, reflective qualities, brilliance and texture into my pieces. I have found fused glass to be the perfect medium to combine color and texture into my fused glass art which represents the essence of Northwest glass art designs.