So lately I've been working on what I like to refer to as Flat Glass. Instead of hunching over the torch making mostly round three dimensional beads, I've been looking over my inventory of sheet glass, to make some small free-hanging glass windows. I thought it might be a good time to take some photographs and let you see how it comes together.The photos are not the best as the Fluorescent light is great for me to see, but not so much for taking pictures. A couple things happen first.....I get out my supply of stones, glass cabs, roundels, sun/moon faces, glass nuggets, and basically anything that can lay flat and be wrapped with copper foiling tape. Then it's off to the Drawing Table, where I take a good look at all my treasures and decide which one or combination of items will go into this design. For this window, I chose two Agates which had some beautiful designs within them. (You'll get to see better views with light coming through, later on in the project.)Sketching out a design also needs some thought as to what kind of glass you will use. I've chosen some streaky versions where more than one color and clear are used in one piece of glass, as well as some mottled Chicago Art glass in some beautiful tones of amber, and some clear and smokey Baroque glass. The Baroques have a wonderful wavy texture in them, and I enjoy using them frequently. So once the pattern is complete I need to make 3 copies with carbon paper. One is used as a master drawing with the glass choice written on each piece. Another is used to as the guide for placing the glass pieces, and the third is used to actually cut the pattern pieces apart. Once cut, I attach the pattern piece to the glass with spray adhesive. Stay tuned, next up cutting and grinding.
My interest in glass art stems
from the freedom of expression
and creativity that this medium
allows. From a beginners class
at a local college, to an
advanced class in bead making,
I have continued to express my artistic
tendencies in my own way. I am largely
self taught, relying on books, trial and error, and hours
My work includes flat glass; stained glass projects that
range from cabinet doors, free hanging windows and
sidelights, to full size door panels. These projects utilize
copper foil and lead came methods, sometimes
utilizing both methods in the same project.
Designs are my own and have been drawn from a
variety of places, but probably mostly from nature.
Building on the colors of the natural world and finding
them again in the colors of glass or their combinations
is an excitement all it’s own. And the challenge of
trying to place spacially pleasing forms in the confines
of glass is most satisfying.
I became interested in Lampworked Beads in 1994
and have attended classes in New York and Arizona.
Lampworked beading is actually an ancient art that has enjoyed a revival in recent
years. The work is accomplished over a torch and involves melting glass rods over a
metal rod then reworking the glass into art forms. The range of color, style, glass,
precious metals or inorganic materials than can be utilized is unlimited and therefore
very exciting as a creative medium.
Glass beads and flat glass allow a new adventure in combination of both styles, a
particular favorite and unique segment of my work. This union results in small free
hanging windows with open spaces somewhere near the center, where specially
created beads appear and meld with the overall concept of the piece.
Kathy L. Furda