This shallow dish is composed of two 25cm circles of clear Bullseye glass. The top circle is cut to allow for a centre section, which I filled with one large piece of gold and purple iridescent glass, two smaller pieces of silver iridescent glass, and a small strip of brown ground glass bits (frit). The initial fusing cycle, which goes up to 795 degrees centigrade, takes around 232hours, so next day the fused piece is placed over a mould, and goes back into the kiln, where it slowly slumps into the form. It looks great on a table as a decorative object, but can also be used as a serving piece.
25 x 25 x 3 cm
Hand wash. Food safe.
This season, I decided to work with some of Bullseye’s gold and silver iridised glass, and this piece is one of a small collection. It is a very good example of the kind of colour variation one gets with their iridescent glass, with the amount of gold, purple or silver varying tremendously, depending on where in the large sheet the pieces are cut from. I started with a piece featuring a lot of purply/brown tones, added a bit of silver as a contrast, and then finished it off with some brown frit to complement the shape of the centre pieces.
Bullseye Glass is an art glass imported from Portland, Oregon. It is designed specifically for kiln fusing, offering glass artists around the world an incredibly array of colours and textures to work with. Each sheet is hand rolled, giving rise to the small bubbles you can see in the clear glass. When clear glass forms the bottom layer of a piece, with coloured glass on top, the bubbles often give a slightly pebbly finish to the surface – making it clear that this is an individually designed, hand crafted piece and not something mass produced.
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