The Fused Glass Process
Fused Glass is glass that is fired in a kiln at various temperatures to create a variety of effects.
The higher the temperature, the softer the glass becomes - until it is possible to competely 'fuse' two or more separate pieces of glass together.
At lower temperatures, individual pieces of glass can be attached to each other, creating a unified piece of glass but retaining the texture of the individual pieces.
It can also be placed in moulds or over forms to create shapes for a variety of bowls and dishes or even shape petals for a flower.
Glass is not always predictable in the way it behaves. It reacts to sudden changes in temperatures which can cause a piece to crack in the kiln, whilst either heating or cooling. So times and temperatures at different stages in any of the processes have to be controlled in order to achieve the desired effects - and within this, there are many other variables to take into account, such as the size and thickness of the glass being fired or the number of pieces in the kiln at the same time.
Small bubbles can sometimes be seen in the finished pieces. These occur during the firing process and may appear to be random or uniform. They simply add to the beauty and individuality of each design.
Controlling these processes and reactions is an everyday part of working with glass - always a challenge - but definitely rewarding when I can see the completed item and relate it to my original concept or idea.