PROCESS (and Opinion!)
In the case of fused glass, the word process can be a catch phrase for some secretive formula that makes your work unique. There is some science to how and when the glass will melt and can be manipulated. The operations of your kiln, programs to compute, variables in design and the important annealing stage, are to be carefully considered. Powders, inclusions and tools that contain some dangers are also part of the equation. Nothing, however, compares to the fun of opening a kiln, with the anticipation of a coveted gift, and the alchemy of those additional “happy accidents”.
In the painterly images that I currently create, the use of glass powders and frits is unlike any other medium I’ve used. A base piece of fusible glass (has it’s own Coefficient of Expansion to match other glass used in a single art work) is cut to shape. A sketched image is used as reference and sometimes traced on a light table with a fine sharpie. Copper wire is cut and bent to represent line and will fire to a black or sometimes blue-green or reddish patina. Glass powders and frits (crushed glass in varying sizes) are then layered in a manner similar to painting. Colors can be mixed pre-firing or layered to blend when melted in the kiln. I enjoy the depth that multiple firings will give as well as the simplicity and flow of light through a single layer of powders on the base glass.