Fused Glass artwork is one of my passions. Opening the kiln after a full firing is like opening presents at Christmas. As with all my other art, I like to use dogs and animals as recurring themes. Check out the links above to see a variety of my glass work. 

What is fused glass? 

There are many forms of glass art. Fused glass is one of them. The basic idea behind fused glass is that art objects can be created by melting glass in a kiln. That simple idea is behind hundreds of techniques. Fused glass is simply the process of cutting pieces of glass into desired shapes, then layering two or more pieces of glass on top of each other and heating them in a kiln to a temperature where the layers ‘fuse' together. When the glass is heated it becomes fluid and has the consistency of taffy.  The right temperature results in a piece where the edges are fully rounded and there is no sign that the glass had ever been more than one piece.  The glass spends many hours in the kiln going through heating, cooling and annealing cycles. Bowls and plates need to return to the kiln for another 14 hours to slump into their desired shape.

What is dichroic glass?

Dichroic glass was developed over 100 years ago.  In recent years it was perfected by NASA for use as a filter on the windows of the space shuttles.  It has the unusual property of reflecting one color (when placed against a dark background), while transmitting another (when held up to the light).

Dichroic has a shimmering effect similar to the iridescence observed in an opal.  Quite simply, different colors can be viewed in dichroic glass by examining it at different angles.  The colors are brilliant, saturated wavelengths of light, making them exciting additions to jewelry and decorative houseware items.

© carol wolfram 2013