Monday, October 27, 2008

Kiln Carving

The images of these butterflies were carved out of this smokey gray transparent glass not with a chisel but using the aid of a kiln to control the time and temperature the glass was exposed to. As the glass softens it can pick up the shapes which I have carved from fiber paper/board and transfer those impressions into the glass. A technique often referred to as kiln carving. This skill enables all kinds of design possibilities. I used this technique to create the items I referred to in my posting back in September of 2007.
Although not an overly complex technique there are some important factors to consider in order to be successful. For this reason I teach a 1-day workshop on kiln carving at Wire Designs Studio. The next class is scheduled for November 2nd and there are still a few spots available. If this is something that interests you, please contact Wired Designs Studio at (210) 495-4495 to reserve your spot.


Tammie Lee said...

Nicole, this piece is wonderful!

Deb G said...

This is really nice. Looks like it would be a lot of fun too.