Colorful - yet transparent,
Smooth - yet sharp,
Hard and durable - yet fragile,
Solid - yet at times soft and liquid.
As a substance, glass has many advantages:
- Potential availability in a myriad of sizes, forms and colors
- Long term durability
- Non-toxic nature
- Potential synergy with other materials and elements
The most important advantage, of course, is the effect of light through the transparent medium that empathizes the overall beauty.
The technique I am using is called "kiln-formed glass", commonly known as "warm glass" or “glass fusing”, in which the glass is being melted in a special oven (kiln) at temperatures around 800 Celsius. By using the following main processes, depending on temperature and time, I can achieve merging special colors in combination with interesting textures and structures.
The main processes are:
- Glass Fusing:
A technique to join glass pieces together by melting the glass at high temperatures.
The glass retains its flat shape.
- Glass Slumping / Draping:
Heating glass and shaping it over or into a mold, or just letting if flow freely, forming interesting, and sometimes surprising, results.
- Glass Casting:
Creating glass sculptures by melting small pieces of glass placed in a mold (usually own creation from ceramic materials), and letting it take its shape.
- Pate de Verre: A form of kiln casting, the name translates into glass paste.
Crushed glass mixed with binding material and applied into a inner surface of a mold.
By creating a glass object, it is common to use more then one process; each process demands a different heating cycle.
I love the different diverse manipulation processes that can be done on glass. Since the heat of the oven changes the glass structure, the "surprise element" of seeing the end result when opening the oven, is one of the most exciting phases in the creation.