For this bowl, I chose a combination of clear, blue, yellow, and green glass in transparent, opaque, and iridescent glass. I mostly used scraps that I had cut for ordinary round bowls, so they were oddly shaped and didn’t want to fit easily into the melt pot.
I wound up cutting those scraps into even smaller pieces so they fit better. The rest were odds and ends from glass I had cut for the recent plates I made and those were very regular and easy to stack in the melt pot. The black squiggles are from the glass I use for the top layer of my plates, with the black stringers on it.
After all of the scraps – 3 and a quarter pounds worth – were cut and placed in the bowl, I set up the melt and fired up the kiln. I thought I had set up the program properly, but when I opened the kiln the next day it turned out that I just had a solid mass in the melt pot. When I checked the program, I had used the slumping program instead of the pot melt program. Hmm, very odd…
So, I closed the door and programmed it again, and viola! A very cool disk that would be perfect in the wavy bowl mold. The disk went back in for the slumping while I was down in Phoenix for a class this past weekend. When I got back a little while ago, I found the bowl ready and waiting for its debut!
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