The process of forming my glass vessels requires several stages of making and requires multiple firings in the kiln. Each firing often takes in excess of 12 hours.
Utilising glass powders I layer, move, draw and compress the glass to form shapes and designs which are then fired in the kiln at a temperature to fuse the grains of powder together to make glass wafers.
After the first firing the glass wafer is removed from the kiln and worked by hand (cold worked) using diamond files and pads to refine the shape.
The wafers are then layered onto sheet glass to be re-fired to fuse them together. Depending on size this stage can take over 24 hours.
Once cooled the sheet of glass is then suspended over a handmade mould with an aperture. I then manipulate the temperature and time so the glass sheet slowly drops with gravity towards the kiln floor. At this stage, precision and a careful attention to the process is essential to ensure the intended shape and form of the vessel is achieved. This is monitored by eye and unique to each vessel. The placement in the kiln, type of glass used, aperture size, internal and ambient temperature all affect the rate of descent the vessel takes to complete.
After the drop through stage is completed, I leave the pieced for up to 2 days in the kiln to settle.
Next the excess glass has to be removed from the lip of the vessel to reveal the real identity of each sculptural piece. This stage leaves the vessel with sharp edges which need to be further cold worked using diamond pads, and files to elicit the final form of the rim. The vessel may be finished at this stage or may be sandblasted or engraved to complete.
The process is long and time consuming but each piece is unique and I love that about my Vessels.