Meanwhile, back at camp, my experiments with fusing glass and clay continues.
This was the start of the project;
black clay and blue mosaic glass tiles
Which I fired at 1020 C with a 30 minute soak
the glass didn’t fill the whole intended lake area; besides air bubbles were formed
So I added more glass tessarae and I painted the bowl with a blue Botz glaze.
The kiln was fired at 1050 C with an hour’s soak. The clay has now turned proper black…I didn’t glaze the outside of the bowl, it is still matte and rough to the touch. I think it gives a nice contrast to the shiny and smooth inside.
…and there is a proper little lake at the bottom of the bowl, as intended. But. I wonder.
The search for perfection may carry on for a little while, yet. The glass still looks lumpy.
I’m sorry about the quality of the photos; it is quite a dark day so I had to use a flash.
I am a ceramic sculptor living on the South coast near London, England. My work is influenced by my experience of the earth as a living being and seeing how we are all connected with eachother and with the things that surround us.
I create ceramic torsos using molochite clay which I often smokefire in galvanised dustbins. I also make House Gods to protect and amuse, and Fat Birds - little smokefired sculptures that tell the story about what it is like to be a fat bird at peace with its surroundings.
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Isn’t it frustrating trying to get something to work… looking promising, though 🙂 I’ve never used these glass tiles – just wine and sherry bottles and random bits from jumble sales. They melt all right at stoneware temperatures, but they craze like mad as they cool.
yes, the cooling should take place as slowly as possible! The crazing isn’t too bad with my tiles; but with your bottles does it reach a point where the glass creates sharp edges that cut your fingers as you touch? I might try the wine bottle trick; got plenty! Hic!