For a while now Ginger and TL had been telling us about their new fun hobby: making glass, or more accurately, making glass pieces by fusing glass. They have everything needed to do this at home, including the oven/kiln, and so one of our projects for our time in Texas was to each make a glass piece.
After some thinking and sketching I decided to make a quilt-inspired piece, while Travis went for a Tetris-inspired one. We then learned about different kinds of glass and how to cut, position, and layer the glass before its first go in the kiln to fuse it all together. Then, the piece goes in the kiln a second time in a mold to give it a shape, if so desired. We made ours into plates, and so the edges were more elevated in the final product (not pictured, for some reason!).
Things I have learned: Photographing glass is very tricky! Cutting glass accurately is harder than it looks. Glass takes forever to fuse and shape and time spent in the kiln seems to go. on. for. ever. Making glass is fun! I love shiny dichroic glass, which is why I ended up adding a few different kinds to my piece!
Thank you Ginger and TL for taking the time to show us how it’s done!