My next firing layered this glass with an iridized glass overlaid with thin lines. Iridized glass has a rainbow-esque sheen:
I had created this piece in a size suitable for being rolled up into a vessel shape. In my glee to use this fab piece of iridized/lined glass, I forgot that iridized glass should not be on explosed plane -- that is, the rule is "irid down." The iridized coating would most likely burn off in the subsequent firing.
Of course, with irid down, that would have meant that I would lose the bas relief lines, as they melt, and would fire flat. But then, of course I would lose those lines anyway when the piece was put into the furnace and worked into a vessel shape....a plethora of serial mis-calculations on my part.
The next error I made was in design. When a piece is transformed into a vessel/vase, the top and bottom inch or so are lost. I am going to lose the lovely little curve of the pine needle image at the bottom.
So, I gave the piece to master glassblower Ryan Staub, who has been at Pacific Art Glass working with his gaffers Myles Freedman and Mike Aparecio while glass artist/teacher extraordinaire Patty Gray teaches her advanced fusing class. Tomorrow I will make the 80 mile drive there to pick up the finished piece -- yes, the anticipation mounts. Sleep tonight may be elusive.
I know I will be happy with any result, as Ryan is a magician. I also know that I will learn oodles from this process, and that's a good thing.