|her booth at the 2012 Fishkill show|
|Fish (SOLD) by GetGlassy|
Fused glass itself is an interesting and relatively new practice especially when compared to the long histories of blown glass, lamp work, and stained glass. It involves cutting different types of sheet glass, then layering and fusing them together inside a kiln to create the desired effect. Glass kilns run a bit cooler than ceramics kilns, going from 1,300-1,500 degrees Fahrenheit depending on how melted you would like the glass to become. When preparing the glass to be fused, you have to be careful what types of glass you use. If you mix the wrong types of glass, cracking and other disasters could ensue. You also have to run the kiln for approximately 24 hours without peaking, as glass needs slow temperature changes to prevent cracking.
|getting ready to fuse!|
Once the fused glass is done and out of the kiln, cold work must be done, like grinding, molding, and placing it in jewelry settings. Also, on occasion when the kiln is done, you open is up and everything has gone wrong. Patti compares opening the kiln to Christmas morning, the excitement she gets to see all the glittering colors she may have created but sometimes she ends up with coal. When that happens, she has to repair the pieces and then put them back in the kiln. I was intrigued to hear that glass work has such incredibly low waste; every little piece can be used for something. There are even frit artists who use the tiniest shards of glass to create their works.
|Blue Green Link Bracelet by GetGlassy|
Filigree Ring with Dichroic Fused Glass Stone by GetGlassy - Looks like space to me
Patti loves creating pieces with nature themes, inventing new designs, and finding ways to work the glass that no one has tried yet. She even does lamp work beading for accents for her fused glass pieces, so, if the unthinkable happened and she lost her kilns, she wouldn't have to stop working in glass. She also keeps up her knitting and crocheting, as you can see in her other shop GetTangled, which she creates on the train as one drawback of glass work is you can’t really work on it outside of the studio!
So I hope you enjoyed learning about Patti and her fused glass! I know I did. Keep an eye out for her at local craft fairs for goodies you can’t find in her etsy shop, including large fused glass pieces on canvas. She’ll be at the Hudson Valley etsy team Fishkill show on June 2nd (and so will I, so don’t miss out!). And don’t forget to check out her creations at her shops GetGlassy, GetTangled, and GetGlassySupplies, like her on Facebook, and stop by her website. I’m sure you know someone who needs a little glitter in their life!