In my basement studio, I clean, cut, grind, and then assemble glass pieces in various arrangements and layers. Once I have a piece exactly how I want, I do a final cleaning, then I put the glass in the kiln to fuse it. Each piece then has to be fired in the kiln a second time to “slump” it or “drop” it into a mold, in the desired shape of a plate or bowl, etc. Often there is grinding to be done after a slump-fire, and so I fire many pieces a 3rd time for a “fire-polish” which makes the ground edges smooth and shiny.
I have made some of my slumping molds. This enables me to infuse my pieces with designs and patterns. I also use some standard slump molds purchased from local glass supply stores.
On my journey as a glass-worker/artist I expect my art and craft to change, improve–to evolve. Every piece I make, while similar to the others, is unique.
"Pieces" Plate (~8"square)