I love the reflective quality of glass which combined with the range of colours Bullseye offers makes the whole creative and making process really exciting. I love how colour intensity varies according to the power of light shining through the glass. For that reason, I started exploring the idea of making glass sculptures which would stand on a base and could be placed in front of a source of light. Birds and fish seemed appropriate as they can display bright colours and always look cute in a home.
To make the mummy and baby birds above, I first designed the patterned blank -see left picture-which I then fused and cut into the shape of the bird bodies. I added red tails, wings and beaks. I then sandwiched 2 pieces of copper wire for the legs between the body and another layer of clear glass. Mummy and baby returned to the kiln where they were re-fused.
I then inserted the legs into a block of solid oak base which I had previously drilled... et voilà !
It took a little white before I was satisfied with the size and solidity of the copper wire which had to carry the weight of the birds made of 3 layers of glass.
Sourcing solid oak bases for the sculptures has not been an easy task either, but I am pleased with the rustic waxed look which contrasts with the glossy appearance of the glass.
Click here to view more fish and bird sculptures in my gallery.
This Blog aims to share my passion for kiln formed glass as I explore the limitless possibilities of design and technique the medium offers.