These large free-standing waves are a substantial 25cm long, and 10cm tall with a raised textured design created from “blobs”, frit and sheet glass.
Some of the accent pieces are fired first (the large blobs) and then the designs are hand-assembled, so each one is unique. The glass then goes back into the kiln to be fused and fully annealed for strength and durability. This is done in one of my dedicated specialist glass kilns. Each firing can take anything from 12 to 24 hours depending on thickness, detail and more. As well as controlling the rate of heating, glass needs to be held at precise temperatures and cooled at steady rate to make sure there is no stress in the glass – annealing is part of this complex but important firing process
The finished flat piece then goes back into the kiln again for a firing cycle called slumping, which allows the glass to take on the wave form so it can be free standing.
This particular one is shades of green from spring to pine , from leaf to forest. Is it abstract textures or an impressionist landscape?