Raise a glass! Let’s celebrate all that we have to be thankful for. I enjoy drinking wine and the warm, relaxed atmosphere it creates. Therefore, it was natural to include a wine glass in my collection of designs in my new video, Simple Pleasures.
My design process.
Once I decide on the subject matter for a specific project, in this case a simple wine glass, I then consider the background space. I say to myself, “What can I do in the background to enhance my focal point?” Then I take it step farther and ask. “How can I create a setting that reflects the mood I want to portray?” Wine makes me think of rolling green hills and booming vineyards. I’ve only been to a vineyard once. So, I researched winery images online where I found a lot of inspiration. I wanted the background to add to, but not overpower the wine glass. I decided to create a sense of place with a rural landscape complete with distant hills and the illusion of rows of grape vines.
I then decided that frit would give me the stylized feel I wanted for the background. With frit I had control and the flexibility to create a setting that’s both easily recognizable and impressionistic at the same time. I selected high contrast frit colors. I used fine size frit to give me soft lines that would be consistent with a distant view.
As you can see, a lot of planning and forethought goes into my designs. All of my decisions are intentional. Working this way takes time, but the increase in visual potency is always worth the effort. When you start a project, give it your full attention. Think beyond cutting the glass and stacking it in the kiln. Consider ways you can create a greater visual impact by adding detail.
How to make the Wine Glass.
This 8 inch x 8 inch project is made with 2 layers of glass. The base layer is white glass. The design layer is made up of cut glass and frit.
Cut a ½ inch wide border out of purple glass. Cut the wine glass out of dichroic or iridized glass. Glue the border and wine glass pieces to the base layer. Let the glue dry so the pieces don’t move when you apply the frit.
Apply a thick layer of medium green, fine size frit to the bottom of the space. Use a small paint brush to shape the green into a nice, graceful curve. Use a spoon to apply dark green, fine size frit on top of the medium frit to represent the grape vine rows.
Tip: Pile the frit up to the thickness of the cut glass around it for strong color saturation and even coverage.
Moving up apply light green, fine size frit to create a distant hill. Detail the hill with medium green, fine size frit for the distant grape vine rows. Continue building the landscape with a brown hill followed by a tan hill.
I used fine size, sky blue frit for the upper portion of the background. I then blended fine size, medium blue into the sky blue to create movement in the sky.
Tip: Be meticulous about your clean up. Carefully brush any excess frit off the wine glass and border. The more time and effort you put into every step, the higher the quality of your finished artwork. Always do your best work.
Fire the assembled project to a full fuse temperature using the firing guide below.
My wine glass panel measures 8 inch x 8 inch. You can make it in a different size and get the same beautiful results.
Wine Glass as seen in my new, Simple Pleasures video. This is only one of 12 fun projects in my full length video. Download it now at http://www.LisaJVogt.com
Watch the, Wine Glass, YouTube video here:
Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1300 and hold 30 min.
Segment 2: Ramp 500 F/hr to 1465 and hold 10 min.
Segment 3: Ramp 9999(AFAP*) to 960 and hold 40 min.
Segment 4: Cool to room temperature.
*As fast as possible
NOTE: Kilns fire differently. Test fire these guides in your kiln and then make adjustments as needed.
Raise a glass. Let’s celebrate our blessings.
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It’s hard to describe what it’s like when I’m feeling the creative flow. Time flies. Hours pass in what I thought were minutes. My naturally distracted mind is focused on what my hands are doing, and nothing else. I get lost in my own world. When I return to reality, I feel rejuvenated and spiritually uplifted. That’s why I like sharing my studio space with others. I try to give them that experience and hope they feel the same inspiration and fulfillment I do. -Lisa
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