Printing & Firing Enamels: Video

Colorline Enamels also makes a glass paste for screen printing. Check out their tips/tricks for printing, firing, fusing and slumping.

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Chihuly’s Original Series

Dale Chihuly recounts how he discovered/developed his first breakthrough series, the Baskets. Inspired by Native American woven baskets, Dale set out to create the same feeling of organic movement—of weight, of gravity—in glass. His first really strong idea was to let the fire of the furnace deform the glass, but for this to work the material had to be pushed to the edge of thinness, to be right on the verge of collapsing under it’s own weight. He would then freeze that moment.

Much has been written, both negative and positive, about Chihuly’s work over the years. Young glassblowers in particular seem to have a disdain for his work, dismissing it because “he didn’t make it” or “it’s too decorative”. Ok, well, I issue a challenge to all you glassblowers out there: if you think Chihuly’s work is so easy, recreate his first series. It’s not as easy as it looks.

Kiln Forming: Working with Powders

Want to make a uniform gradient of color across a large flat surface (a fade)?

Want to make colored patterns on glass that can be displayed as a panel or rolled up in the Hot-Shop?

Check out Bullseye’s notes on working with powder on flat glass. I know it’s a bit dry, but trust me, there’s some really good stuff here!

 

*NOTE: Always wear a NIOSH approved P100 or N95 respirator filter when working with glass powders!