Three Things; Works in Progress – Fused Glass Fragile Flora
Wednesday is Works in Progress on the Three Things blog. Today we are looking at some of Laura’s latest fused glass works.
Last time we saw fused glass from Laura it was these treasure like miniature seascapes made to look like sea glass nuggets. Today Laura is experimenting with an altogether more fragile technique of glass fusing. This is a shape inspired by the verdant fern fronds on Thurstaston Common which Laura passes every day in the spring and summer.
Here is a fern frond in winter as we see them now on the common, a rusty brown but still curled beautifully.
Here is a sweet pea just blooming, one of the few things still in bloom in the Shore Cottage garden.
Laura makes these very delicate pieces by fusing coloured glass frit (finely ground glass dust) sandwiched between coverslips (for microscope slides). Laura uses her forensic trace evidence collection tool kit (from when she was a forensic scientist) to manipulate the frit into the shapes she likes using mounted needles and so on.
Here is a picture of the sweet pea before it was kiln fired