This 16.5″ fused glass art bowl is still a work in progress, but I wanted to share it with you anyway. This piece of glass art is another of my raindrop bowls, only this time in stripes of color instead of having all the colors mixed together. I was going for a river scene with reflections in the water and grass along the river banks. I’m titling it “Cry Me a River.”
In the photo to the left above, you can see the steel dam holding the frit balls in shape, as well as strips of aluminum flashing that I used to separate the large areas of color into the river area, the river banks and the grass around the river, giving the piece it’s name “Cry Me a River.” If you click on the photo, you can also see little tiny cookie cutter shapes holding some of the color highlights in place.
Actually, I found that the flashing didn’t really work so well at holding the various colors separate. It was too flimsy, and allowed the colors to move under the flashing into the next color strip in several places. I need to find something a little thicker for the next large bowl I create.
In the photo to the right, you can see what it looked like after I removed all of the strips of flashing and got it ready to go into the kiln for the tack fuse firing that will attach all of the frit balls together. The steel dam has 1/8″ fiber paper glued to its inner surface, keeping the glass away from the steel. In this shot, you can very clearly see the blue river, the tan and brown river banks, and the green grass surrounding the river. When the firing is complete in a few more hours, I’ll be able to take the steel rim away from the glass and then slump it into the large bowl mold that I have ready for it.
After the slump firing finishes tomorrow, it should be ready to go! I can’t wait to see how “Cry Me a River” looks when in its final form!
Where color and texture come alive through the magical alchemy of fused glass. Do your home and work spaces feel beautiful and inspiring? Are you looking for a splash of creative color to spark your own creative energy? We create beautiful and functional pieces of art glass in unique handmade designs for your home or work space.