Althea Braithwaite - Impact
• 13" Wide
• Kiln Formed Fused Glass
Fused glass or kiln formed glass, is glass which has been heated in a kiln to join a number of pieces together. The glasses have to be compatible with each other, which means they have to heat and cool at the same rate, otherwise stresses in the glass will cause the fused panel to crack.
When creating a new piece, it first has to be designed, begining with a rough pencil sketch. Often though, the design is already formed in Althea's mind, then develops further as she works.
She cuts strips and shapes, laying two or three layers on or overlapping one another. Once she is satisfied, the glass is washed and arranged on the kiln shelf.
After loading the kiln, Althea brings the temperature slowly up to between 780 and 840˚C. The precise temperature depends on the result she wants to achieve.
The glass has to be cooled slowly too, so each kiln cycle takes about 36 hours. Some pieces may be fused a number of times to achieve the precise result Althea desires
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