Can’t Bear to Cut a Beautiful Piece of Glass?

Here’s an idea from a friend who brought three gorgeous pieces of glass back from Germany: hang them as-is. Her husband built the light boxes to fit the glass and now they hang in their dining room, glowing beautifully from behind. It’s a great idea and something for all of us to consider the next time we see a piece of glass that’s too captivating to cut.

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Artist to Know: Michael Crowder

Glass artist Michael Crowder creates beautiful work, none more so than his Mariposa Mori butterfly collection. Made of  a variety of glass particles fused together in the pate de verre technique,  the butterflies are white, delicate, and very original. He displays them in traditional entomology boxes, which unifies their presence and enhances their beauty.

Crowder is originally from New Orleans but now resides in Houston, Texas. His work has an elegant cohesion that I can only dream of, and after seeing it on the internet, I couldn’t help but share it. To me it clearly represents the idea that exploring one technique thoughtfully and well is worth ten times more than jumping from one fancy technique to another. I love this work and hope that you do, too.

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Website You Must Know: www.fusedglass.org

From Paul Tarlow at Helios Glass Studio in Austin, Texas comes one of the internet’s most valuable resources for fused glass artists: http://www.fusedglass.org. If you’re a kiln former and have never gone to this website or joined its community, you can stop reading this post right now and redirect your browser. It’s that valuable! Filled with pictures and tips, the most useful feature for me has always been the suggested fusing schedules and and guidelines. Of course we all know every kiln is different, and because of that most mold and kiln manufacturers give NO guidelines or firing schedules, leaving us to waste a lot of glass trying to figure out things for ourselves. At fusedglass.org you can find, for example, sample schedules for slumping, tack fusing, and full fusing for one, two, three layers of glass or more. It’s an excellent place to start and I have bookmarked it for easy reference. I highly recommend that you do, too.

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The website description:

With over 7,000 registered members from around the world, FusedGlass.Org is the web’s most popular education and community web site for glass kilnforming (also known as fused glass and warm glass) artists.

Free (and instant) registration lets you post on the forum, add comments and rate content through the site, and create your own online photo album.

Again, take the time to sign up for the open forum on the website. It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s very informative. Many of the questions and queries are answered by Paul Tarlow himself. There’s nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain from this helpful site.

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