Isle of Bute Fused Glass Art
Glass with a past. Up-cycled abstract glass art.
In my kiln-forming studio I mainly create abstract fully fused glass art using up-cycled and repurposed glass. By fusing glass in both large and small kilns, unique and beautiful contemporary designs are produced for framed or freestanding art, and one-off jewellery.
What is Fused Glass?
Glass fusing is a process of melting and shaping pieces of glass into a desired form by heating them in a kiln. This technique is used to create decorative items, functional objects, and artistic pieces.
The process starts with selecting pieces of glass of various colors and textures, which are then cut and arranged on a flat surface. They are then placed in a kiln, where they are slowly heated to a temperature high enough to cause the glass to fuse together. The temperature and time the glass is kept in the kiln will depend on the type of glass used and the desired outcome.
Once the glass has been heated to the proper temperature, it is slowly cooled down, also known as annealing, to reduce stress and ensure that the finished piece is strong and durable. After annealing, the fused glass can be shaped further by using tools, coldworking techniques, or additional heating.
Glass fusing is a versatile and creative technique that allows for a wide range of possibilities in terms of color, texture, and form. From small jewelry pieces to large-scale installations, glass fusing has become a popular art form, enjoyed by artists and hobbyists alike.