Glass


Colourful - yet transparent,

Smooth - yet sharp,

Hard and durable - yet fragile,

Solid - yet at times soft and liquid...

 

As a substance, glass has many advantages. For example, its availability in myriad of sizes, forms and colours;  long term durability (if you don't break it...); non-toxic and synergetic with other materials and elements, including of course, the effect of light through the transparent medium.

 

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 colours in combination with interesting textures and structures.

 

The main processes are: 

 - Glass Fusing:

  is the technique to join glass pieces together by melting the glass at high temperature.
  The glass retains its flat shape.

 - Glass slumping / draping:

  Heating Glass and shaping it over or into a mould. 

- Glass casting:

  Creating glass sculptures by melting small pieces of glass placed in a mould, and letting
  it take its shape.

 

By creating a glass object, it is common to use more then one process; each process demands a different heating cycle.