Saturday, April 6, 2013

"Purified by Fire"

($200.00.....5" x 12".....Kiln Formed Glass......Presented in Limestone)

This is a piece of kiln formed glass presented in limestone. The verse inscribed on the glass is Psalm 12: 7 (NIV). "And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times."

My interest and passion for kiln formed glass is in one direction only. That direction is either two or three layers of glass collage. My primary instructor has been Kari Minnick from Maryland. She has been a guest instructor at Helios Glass Fusing in the past several years. I have taken two week long classes from her and am scheduled to take my third week in one week from tomorrow. She has a fabulous website if you care to google her name. My reason for taking from her in particular is that her background in art began with oil painting and then moved to glass. And even though she is not a lettering person per se....much of her work does have actual lettering done with glass powders or a semblance thereof. 

In this piece, the lettering was written after the glass collage went through a full fuse. It was done with Tracing Black Powder + Clove Oil and I used the same pointed pen (Leonardt Principal Nib) that I use for lettering on paper or other mixed media surfaces. The only difference is the speed. It is impossible to make the letters using the same rhythm one would use for writing on papers. Glass is a very different surface, but the results are always fantastic. This piece will need to be fired one more time at a much lower temperature so that the hairlines will not spread and dissipate. 

I am also enjoying seeing the different combinations with glass.  In most of the exhibits at The Open Doors Gallery, there is an array of  glass and and mixed and wood...and above and limestone. It is an unbeatable combination and adds a dynamic to any setting. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about. 

Please contact me personally to inquire about this piece.

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