Thursday, 5 September 2019
ALASKAN INSPIRATION BOWL
Some years ago I visited Alaska, and during a walk on a glacier, I marvelled at the sights...in particular the "caves" in the ice, with deep, dark turquoise centres, shading out to beautiful icy greens where the light was able to penetrate the ice. It was quite magical, and has stayed in my memory vividly.
Then, some years ago also, I discovered a glass artist working with a technique called Verre Eglomise...gilding on the surface of the glass. I had done a little gilding, on picture frames, but working on glass was something new to me. I would have liked to attend one of her workshops, but she was in the USA, too far for me to travel . So I had to teach myself how to gild onto glass. I made a number of mistakes along the way, but gradually learned what to do, and what not to do.
Then, I found a glass blog showing how to smash and then fuse TEMPERED GLASS. Tempered glass is specially toughened, for use with car windscreens, shower doors etc. When it is shattered, it shatters into tiny squares of glass like this:
Finally, these individual bits of learning came together in my mind and I had some ideas about how to create my vision in glass. I made several of these wonderful bowls which were snapped up by eager buyers. This latest one is about 30cm wide, and I may sell it eventually, if I can bring myself to part with it and if someone will pay for its fairly substantial price-tag of £100 for which I make no apologies as it is very labour-intensive to make. In the meantime, I have produced a tutorial on how to do this, which I am selling from my website. I have all ready sold quite a few of these tutorials, to people from various corners of the world, so I just might keep the bowl for myself..................
If you are a glass artist and want to make one of these, just CLICK THIS LINK to visit my tutorials pages, and scroll down to find the ALASKAN INSPIRATION BOWL