I am often asked how I make my glass sculptures and more often than not, I refer to the process of making a pizza.
The ingredients of the pizza: cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms in reference to fused glass sculpture are various colors and/or shapes of glass. Each piece of glass having its own color, size, texture and thickness.
The ingredients of the sculpture are then layered, piece by piece, onto the foundation and baked in a high temperature oven known as a Kiln. The glass will all melt together at a temperature of 1400-1700 degrees over the course of 20 hours. During this time, the kiln is locked and I have no contact with the glass while it is melting. The melting portion of that time is relatively small, the rest of the time is slowly heating up and then slowly cooling down to room temperature. One of the most important lessons to learn about glass is that it does NOT like to be rushed. It is a long process of cutting, shaping, positioning, heating and cooling, along with the skilled experiences of the artist, that produces the beautiful results indicative of fused glass sculptures.
Many of the works shown here are for reference and currently reside in numerous private collections. If one of them particularly strikes your fancy, please do contact me for details.