Glass Objects

During one of my solo batik exhibitions a couple came to me and asked if I was willing to exchange one of my batiks for an old, but perfectly working pottery kiln which might also be used for fusing glass. This opened up a totally new field of interest. The deal was made and the pottery kiln duly arrived.

Some time later the artist group of which I am a member was offered a new studio complex. It was a former school building and the Dutch equivalent of the National Trust offered to renovate it for us, to make it suitable for use by artists. During the renovation a lot of the old glass doors were replaced and the old glass was taken away for recycling. I asked if I might keep some of the glass for use in art projects, and when permission was granted I enrolled in a course for beginning glass workers. It was there that I made my first glass bowls and other objects. (Click on the photographs to enlarge.) 

In search of colour, I started using 'bullseye glass'.

I also tried to use glass paints, furnished by the glass studio, but found that they lacked the intensity of the enamelling powders I used on metal.

painted glass

So I wrote to the Thompson Enamel factory to ask if they knew an address where I could buy enalling powders for use on glass. I was delighted when it turned out that the Thompson factory had a large selection of glass enamels as well as special glass paints. I immediately placed an order for a number of 60 mesh enamels for float glass and within a sgort time I started my experiments with the help of Brad Walker's well-known book Contemporary Warm Glass. Soon after I made my first enamelled glass bowls.

I had found what I was looking for.

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