Every once in a while a project just doesn’t provide the ooh awe factor when pulled from the kiln and ends up on the back shelf. Or there is a project that had a blemish requiring a fix and it too went to the back shelf. Over the last couple of months those misfits have been selected for either two places: remain on the back shelf or go back on to the kiln shelf. Two questions that I ponder upon deciding where these misfits go: is there something aesthetically pleasing about the fired glass and could it be used as is or in another project? Or is the piece destined for a pot melt or continue to be on the shelf or ultimately the trash.
I know, I know the mantra for fused glass artists is “never refuse to refuse”! But at some point in time the glass just has to go!
Below are some pieces that made it back into the kiln. I will share some of the problems with the pieces.
While this photo makes the piece look flat, it is actually a bowl. During the first firing, a bubble formed within the red glass. Too pretty to waste or cut up, silver foil along with transparent turquoise blue frit were placed in the hole and a very interesting focal point now appears in this piece.
I like it so much, that I am considering adding more silver inclusions into other pieces using this same style of glass.
Powdered glass has a lot of applications in fusing – crackles, printing, stenciling, painting and the list goes on and on. In attempt to correct a concaved spot on this multi-fired stencil and crackle floral additional cut sheet glass petals were added.
This piece had a multitude of problems during it’s creation, but it is one of my favorites this year! During firing in a stainless steel ring, fiber paper that was being used to separate the glass from the steel, slipped under the glass creating a distorted edge. In addition, the glass was unevenly distributed causing high spots. And finally, kiln wash was aggressively stuck to the back of the piece. The back was sand blasted to remove the kiln wash, the piece was placed back into the kiln, without any damming and fired to 1480F to smooth out the unevenness. Placed onto an organic shaped bisque mold, the look of blown glass has been achieved.
And finally, when a back is ugly, through no fault of its own. There are many reasons a back can be ugly – it could have kiln wash or sheet separator marks that cannot be removed. Fiber paper marks that are inset or for some reason the glass is cloudy. In the case of the above bowl, the back glass was cloudy and had fiber paper marks that could not be fused out. Silver leafing was gilded over the entire back of the bowl. Now the back is beautiful and silver glints through the crackle.