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Relax! It’s Five O’clock Somewhere!

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 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 Simple Pleasures video. This is only one of 12 fun projects in my full length video. Download it now at

Simple Pleasures with Lisa Vogt Video

Watch the, Wine Glass, YouTube video here:

Fusing Guide
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!


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Radiant Ribbons by Lisa Vogt

Fusing for the Adventurous Webinar with Lisa Vogt June 29, 2021
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Get ready to push boundaries, challenge old ideas and enjoy the thrill of limitless possibilities. Join glass artist Lisa Vogt in this comprehensive hands-on webinar, and learn how easy it is to use tried and true methods in unlikely, innovative ways!

With 4 major projects and a few bonus pieces, you’ll get more than you bargained for!

Radiant Ribbons combines dichroic glass and patterned rods into three wavy sections that create beautiful wall art, a dazzling focal point for any living space.

Leaves involves cutting and layering glass surrounded by bits of dichro. Depth is produced by having all of the component parts “floating” in frit and edged in solid color to construct a scene reminiscent of a shadow box.

Fun with Rods gives you the opportunity to fabricate a light and airy project with curvy slumped colored rods.

Plus, you’ll have the fun of kiln casting with murrini creating Hearts on Fire.

All of these techniques will produce dramatic results in your art, and take your work to an exciting new level of sophistication. Beginning and advanced fusers alike will find inspiration, motivation, and a renewed sense of artistic freedom by combining the ideas presented in this webinar.

And of course you’ll receive my custom firing guides.

Armed with your newfound skills, you’ll be incorporating these techniques into your work in no time, while expanding your creative visions. You’ll gain the cool confidence to turn your glass visions into reality. Don’t miss this great opportunity to take your work and inspiration to greater heights!

Currents as seen In Sculptural Fused Glass with Lisa Vogt

Sculptural Fused Glass, 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop
October 19-22, 2021
Register today! 3 seats available. Register here:
Wesley Chapel, Florida, 4-Day, Hands-on, Class size is limited.

This is the turning-point workshop you’ve been waiting for.
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

This class is for you! Any skill level can attend. Beginner, intermediate and advanced students alike will learn how to advance their glass fusing skills and expand their artistic style.

 Join me and I’ll show you all the pro tips and tricks I use to make stunning 3-dimnesional art. You’ll learn how to combine advanced techniques in new ways to create extraordinary sculptural pieces of art.

You’ll leave class with several completed glass sculptures, my custom firing guides and a deeper understanding of sculptural fused glass fabrication. You’ll have the knowledge, confidence, and inspiration you’ve been craving to take your artwork to the next level.

Materials are included, that’s a $150.00 value!

May 2021 Student Testimonials  

“My favorite thing about the class was the creative freedom – we were not required to make the same thing the same way. I was surprised by the variety and number items we made and the flexibility we had to go our own way with our projects. The glass studio was very comfortable and very clean with plenty of room.” -Ron

 “My favorite thing about the class was the projects were tailored to our interests with user specific glass choices and design options. This makes the best type of learning environment. I loved the continued technical information that was used in daily discussions. Loved the amount of space we had for working and the use of top-quality tools and the hands-on assistance Lisa gave each one of us. You will hear and see me again. Thank you for your time and talent.” – Donna 

 “My favorite thing about the class was the creativity – putting things together in new ways – using different materials – and how welcome I felt. I was surprised how much we were able to get done and by Lisa’s ability to coach those of us on different levels. My least favorite part was that the class ended. The classroom setup was excellent – well organized. I really feel like Lisa gave me the tools to advance to a new level. It was worth the cost of the workshop, airfare, B&B, animal care and house sitting! Can’t wait to put what I leaned into practice and return for another workshop.” -Sue

Read more student testimonials on my website.

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