Fused glass is said to have been discovered about 4,000 years ago by Phoenician sailors
who cooked a meal on a beach under the stars. When they moved their pots the next morning,
the sand beneath had turned to glass. Art glass fusing virtually disappeared when the
Romans developed glass blowing, resurfacing in the 1940s.
While there are many different kinds of glass, the essential elements are still sand
and intense heat.
My Glass lights, shelves and vessels are made by layering glass and combining it with
a variety of minerals, powdered glass and precious metals. These materials are known
as "inclusions" and create the colours and patterns you see in my glass. Once the
glass has been heated to fusing temperature (about 800°C) the colours of the inclusions
are manipulated by changing the atmosphere within the kiln. The pieces then undergo
a very slow cooling known as "annealing" after which the glass for jewellery is cut,
ground and polished to reveal the colours and patterns within.
Glass fusing is not an exact science there are so many variables ranging from
atmospheric conditions to the different melting temperatures of glass batches,
this means that the unexpected often happens, and so often, the beautiful accident
is impossible to replicate!
The commissioning process is approached as collaboration between the
client and myself. Initial discussions establish the scope and budget
for a project as well as define the functional and aesthetic
requirements of the space. A site review is conducted whenever feasible
or studies through site plans, sketches or photos. Special
considerations such as structural requirements, lighting features,
co-ordination and scheduling are also discussed at this time.
Proposal and conceptual design
Once an understanding of the project aims is reached, I will furnish a
written proposal for conceptual design development. The conceptual
design may include models, sketches, digital renderings and prototypes
as the project demands. Continued discussions allow for further
refinement of the work.
Fabrication and installation
Upon approval of the final design, an agreement is executed for the
fabrication and installation of the work. In new construction or in
cases where extensive site preparation is required, I will work closely
with the architect and general contractor to ensure an orderly and
timely installation. If the client is providing for installation, I will
provide on-site supervision of required.