Jan 212013

I managed to make some jewellery and a few plates and dishes when I was doing the evening class at Helston but it was a pain having to carry all my supplies with me every time and as it was only a two hour class it seemed by the time I set up it was time to come home.  It was a beginners class and I was hungry to learn more.  Here are some of the things I made during that time.

green swirly glass round plateThis looks really good but I will let you into a secret – the pattern is already in the glass and all I had to do was cut it and put a layer of clear below and voila!  The patterned glass is called Decofloat and is compatible with float glass


 square dish made with cathedral and float glassThis one is made from clear float glass with cathedral glass, which is mainly used in stained glass work, the colours are not as good as Bullseye, but it is much cheaper.


square plate black-red-white-square made from Bullseye glass

Above is made from Bullseye Glass, wonderful to work with, always comes out with nicely rounded edges and comes in an amazing range of colours,  four times more expensive than float glass!


pink, black & white - broken Bullseye dishThere were a few things that didn’t come back from the firing as I wanted.  A very expensive Bullseye dish that got dropped and I tried to re-fire but it did not work



These were supposed to be cufflinks like the Cornish Flag!


square float and desag glass plate with blue bandsIf you look closely  on the plate to the right you can see the blue band of glass at the top should be on the edge more.




selection of glass pendants gone wrongYou may not see anything wrong with these pendants but some I have cut the top glass too big and some have shifted in transporting to the kiln.  It is crucial to place items carefully in the kiln and make sure they are all lined up.  Or glue them before.  This was another problem in a two hour class, as there was not always the time for the glue to dry and as the kiln was in Frank`s garage, he had the problem of items moving in transit.


circular plate in spectrum glass with big hole in middle

This would have been a fantastic plate in Spectrum 96 glass – Frank was not sure what went wrong, but knowing more about it now I think that if it was fired on the correct programme for this type of glass, maybe the kiln wash on the shelf was still damp and created a big bubble that burst.  The bubble is too large for it to be trapped air.

Jan 212013

I do love talking :-),  I do love creating, and I love sharing – so yes it makes sense to create a news page to talk to you all about fused glass and share all my pictures.

Glass Fusing has been part of a journey for me and therefore I would like to start at the beginning.  During my first year at college (at the age of 52!) a little seed had been sown when I happened to be walking past the ceramics department during a workshop on fused glass and I suppose this is where my Glass Adventure started……..

Jan 212013

After my initial discovery of Fused Glass I spent many a happy hour exploring the Internet, Galleries and Exhibitions to seek out more – I could not get enough of it!  But looking was not enough, I needed to have a go myself.

This proved more difficult than I expected as there were no classes in my immediate area, but I found a teacher in Helston, called Frank, so took myself along on a Monday evening and the fun began!

These classes were Adult Education, held in a Community Hall rather than a fully equipped studio and we had to supply all the glass, tools and materials ourselves.  This involved quite a lot of initial cost, so it was a good job that I liked doing it and wanted to continue!