When inspiration strikes
Lately, I’ve been using up a lot of my small scrap glass to make small glass dots. I cut the scraps into tiny pieces and then place them on a kiln shelf to be heated until the pieces form dots. I use these dots as design elements in my plates etc – sometimes as the centre of a flower or just a dot decoration.
Here’s all the scrap glass laid out on the kiln shelf. I left it overnight as I usually start my kiln in the morning in order to take advantage of my solar panels. As I walked into my studio the next morning, I couldn’t help admiring the layout and was inspired to use the nice pattern (when the dots were properly formed) for a plate design. So I took a photo as a reminder. When the dots came out of my kiln, I had to thoroughly wash them as opaque glass tends to pick up kiln wash on the underside. Kiln wash is used on a kiln shelf to prevent the glass sticking to the shelf but if the glass is not properly cleaned between kiln firings then the residual kiln wash can become trapped, leaving a scummy look on the piece.
This photo shows the finished dots laid on a piece of clear glass ready for tack fusing (heating the glass until the pieces are hot enough to stick together but not flatten). Whilst the design isn’t the same as my original photo, I like the way the different coloured dots flow.