Monday, September 19, 2011
fused glass experiments
That class and a lot of cogitating produced these three pieces, each made from a 8" x 10" x 1/2" flat piece of fused glass that was rolled up into vase shapes by master glass blower Ryan Staub:
The first photo above shows one version of my current undertaking. Only the bottom piece of glass is opaque; those layered on top are transparent. On that white glass, I painted a mark that I hope references Japanese calligraphy. I found that it was almost impossible to get any texture or brush marks on the slick surface of glass. This mark was okay, so I decided to go forward and start layering transparent glass on top.
The design hearkens to patchwork quilt construction. Several pieces of glass have black paint "marks" I made, and those appear hither and yon. My goal was to have the "calligraphic" mark on white unify the piece, as it should be visible through the layers above.
I haven't finished yet. Here's another incarnation/possibility:
I have started a file on ideas of how to achieve the texture I want in the calligraphy marks, and even ordered some glass that might help me get that texture.
So far, I am leaning towards door number one. Your comments/critiques are appreciated!