Designing and making a drop out vessel is a labour intensive but exciting process from beginning to end.
First, I designed the blank before fully fusing it at 795 degrees C.
Then I cut the fully fused piece into a disk of the same diameter as the ring mould -here, 17cm.
The cut piece is then placed on the ring elevated on kiln posts. The piece of glass is then fired to 680 degrees C and drops through the hole as it melts. Careful monitoring of the drop is essential in order to achieve the desired height and shape.
e rim of the gravity bowl is then cut with a special diamond saw before a flat bottom is created and the edges are coldworked on a glass grinder.
Although they can be functional, drop out vessels make striking decorative objects due to their finely crafted nature.
This piece was selected by the CGS -Contemporary Glass Society- for their online gallery exhibition 'Something Yellow' in February.
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This Blog aims to share my passion for kiln formed glass as I explore the limitless possibilities of design and technique the medium offers.