Blown Hybrid Glass
My work is comprised of two glass forming techniques. It encompasses fused glass which is the oldest glass forming technique (Egyptian and Greek 2000 BC) and blown glass developed around 50 BC. Hand cut stained glass is first fused into a bar in a kiln at 1500 degrees. Once the bar has cooled it is cut again against the grain and re-fused into a slab in the kiln. The slab once cooled is then re- heated again and picked up on the end of a blow pipe. Additional glass is gathered around the slab which has been formed into a bubble and the piece is then blown out into a variety of forms. The design which appears in the glass is the result of the initial fusing process. The form which is blown I regard as a canvas on which to exhibit my fused glass design. I seem to be in a constant search to find the best form to display the fused glass design in the most complementary light.
My blown work encompasses many realms:
- Murrine Series which is comprised of graduated squares of colored glass layered on top of each other and then fused together into a rectangular plate and picked up on a blow pipe and wrapped around it. Then additional clear glass is added to add volume and then blown out into a variety of forms.
- Barrine Series which consists of strips of glass layered and fused together and when cooled cut against the grain and set up on end and refused back together into a slab that is picked up on a blow pipe and wrapped around it. Then additional clear glass is added to add volume and then blown out into a variety of forms.
- Barmurrine Series which consists of a combination of the Murrine technique and the Barmurrine technique.
- Hotcake Series Process Under Development.