Impact is an excellent example of how combining a variety of different, simple concepts can lead to a very exciting piece of fused glass art.
I love this piece because it fuses a strong linear design, an irregular shape, and a cool color palate. Together the mix of ideas result in a strikingly unique finished piece of art. Another plus is this dramatic design is easy to construct. Let me show you how.
Selecting a pleasing color palate is key to making simple designs more appealing. I selected a specific range of colors and then repeated those colors in different shades. I used light gray and dark grey. To that I added tropical shades of blue and airy greens. I used clear glass to separate the colors so they would show brightly. The clear also enhances the visual depth that makes this type of fabrication so attractive.
Tip: When assembling glass on the edge I purposely select some opal glass colors and compliment them with light, transparent colors. The light transparent color allow light to pass through and therefore, you see a tint of color. If you use medium or dark transparent colors instead, you risk the strips looking black. That can be really disappointing if your intention was velvety, rich color.
Impact is made with strips of glass arranged on edge in the kiln. This project measures 14 inch x 11 inch. I cut a bunch of ¼ inch wide and 12 inch long strips of glass from my selected color palate. I then cut the strips and arranged the colors to make a feathered pattern. Clear glass strips are tucked between the colors to ensure the colors are bright. As I assembled the project, I staggered the strips to create a soft, irregular edge on two sides.
The project is fired to a full fuse temperature using the guide below. I was pleased with way the glass looked after fusing. I considered slumping it over a barrel shaped mold but then decided that wouldn’t add pizazz to the piece. After cutting all those strips and carefully planning the graduated color arrangement the piece deserved a more interesting finish.
I laid the fused glass on my wave mold parallel to her outside edges. That was better, but a spark was still missing. Then, I tired arranging the fused glass diagonally on the mold. I hoped, in this position the waves would compliment the soft edges and draw attention to the pattern and glass colors. I wasn’t completely sure I’d like the results. I did know I had to try something unconventional to bring out the special characteristic of the design.
The glass was slumped over the stainless steel mold using the guide below.
The results were better than expected. The wavy shape added to the beauty of the glass. It accentuated the irregular edge and gave the overall design continuity. Plus, the stylized profile inspired me to hang the art diagonally on the wall where it would be enjoyed from a perspective that further flattered the finished artwork.
A little ingenuity goes a long way. I didn’t do anything I haven’t done 1000 times before. What made this project different and therefore fresh was the pairing of old techniques in new ways. Give it a try. You might just make a dramatic Impact of your own.
This project is 14 inch x 11 inch. I’m confident it can be made smaller and still deliver the same exciting results.
I want to thank my awesome daughter, Niki for helping select the colors and assembling this project.
Wherever you are in your artistic journey you’re doing great! We’re all learning new things every day. Keep going. Enjoy the journey.
Impact as seen in my new, Creative Shapes video. This is only one of 8 fun projects in my full length video. Download it now at www.LisaJVogt.com
Watch the, Impact YouTube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lvM4m8mnho
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
Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1265 and hold 10 min.
Segment 2: Ramp 9999(AFAP*) to 960 and hold 40 min.
Segment 3: 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.
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Beginner and advanced fusers alike will find inspiration, motivation and renewed artistic freedom from the combination of techniques shown. In addition, you’ll receive a detailed outline with project specific guidelines and my custom firing guides.
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September 22-25, 2020
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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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“Instruction was clear, help was always available, and Lisa’s explanation of the equipment was great.” -Sherry
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“I enjoyed making all the projects, especially the flow piece and the freedom to be creative with our work.” -Joy
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Things that surprised the students about the class.
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