There are many forms of glass art. Fused glass is one of them. The basic idea behind fused glass is that art objects are created by melting glass in a kiln. Unlike stained glass, fused glass has no “lead lines”. Unlike blown glass, the learning curve is relatively short and projects are easier to make. The precise origins of glass fusing techniques are not known, but there is archaeological evidence that the Egyptians were familiar with these techniques. While other glass techniques enjoyed a revival during the Renaissance, fusing was largely ignored during this period. Fusing began to regain popularity in the U.S. during the 1960s.
A few years ago, I took a class to learn about fused glass techniques. It was a really fun class that made me want to be able to make more things. Months later, when a glass supply company had their kilns on sale, I decided to invest in getting one. Fused glass has since become another hobby that I like to pursue. I have enjoyed creating many nice pieces of fused glass art over the past couple of years. I will, over time, try to post some of these previously made items.
Recently, I tried a new glass idea. The birthday of my sister-in-law, Ruth, gave me an excuse to make something kinda fun. Ruth likes cats. But, unfortunately she is allergic to them and can’t have any cats of her own. So, I decided to make her an allergen-free cat. I selected blue glass to match the colors in her home.
This cat turned out so cute, that I decided to make some more.
I next tried some burgundy colored glass. These almost look like foxes.
After that, I decided to try to make some cats that looked like some of our pets.
After making these, I realized that I wanted to make some more pets. A little bit of time on-line and I found some clipart images that I want to try.
The kiln will be busy again!