Portfolio



This portfolio page is dedicated my work in general . I have a hard time keeping up with everything I do. Still don't have good pics of garden ornaments, Christmas balls, or any notion of the different designs of switch plates on hand. For current work, go to the Purchase Page.


Lamps Fused Work Ceiling Lamps Pulls




Lamps


Process

The lamps started from a clissic Italianate design, using murrini and cane as decorations. What I mean to say here is that all that stuff on there is applied as bits of glass that are prepared ahead of time and are then stuck to the piece in the middle of the blowing process, then melted in to become one with the piece. I spend a bunch of time playing around with decorations, making the little complex dots and the twisty designs. I typically spend three or four full days a year just making the twisted canes you see in these and other work. Many, many more days are consumed with making the plain canes and the fancy dots I use. The curlicues and zigzags are made by heating the cane up with a a torch and bending them, all prior to picking up the blowpipe and starting the lamp itself. Once I start the lamp, I am ready with all the decorations laid out for pickup. Occasionally, you will see odd decorations, like stars, moons, peppers and faces (which elicit love/hate reactions). These are usually made in the ffusing oven. I arrange sheet glass, powdered glass and hand pulled cane on a kiln shelf, then heat them to 1300 degrees to fuse them all together, these I then cool and take out to the blowing studio where I warm them back up and apply them to the piece along with the other decorations.


Application

On the practical side, all the hanging lamps come with the sockets and cords needed to hang them. Most people can wire them directly in the ceiling, so all that hardware comes with the lamps. If you prefer to plug the lamp into the wall, and hang it from a hook, I have power cords, which have a 15 ft. cord, as well as a plug and switch. The swag cordsets cost an extra $20, to cover my costs.

The maximum wattage for large lamps is 75, while the small ones will only take 40. The limit is due to the plastic components in the socket, too high a wattage will bake them. If you desire more light, I first recommend compact florescent bulbs, which are energy efficient and put out more light for less.


           

           

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Platters, Plates & Bowls


I began developing these fused plates and bowls in the fall and winter of 2004 and 2005. I spent a lot of time making the larger plates to be stunning wall pieces, though most of them are perfect as serving platters as well. A few of them have a great deal of texture which make make cleaning the plate off the day after a party something to avoid.


The smaller bowls, on the other hand, I wanted to make affordable and fun. In contrast to the larger plates, which I would make in one day, I made several of these in a day playing wiht colors and decoration, thinking more of affordability. All of these are food and dishwasher safe, but I'd keep them out of the microwave. The thing to avoid is thermal shock, either changing the temperature too quickly, or having extreme temperature variations on various places on the piece. One way of putting it is, I wouldn't worry aboout filling the bowl with warm bean dip, but I wouldn't put cold bean dip in it and then heat it in the microwave. It could be a tough time cleaning it out of the microwave.


           

           

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Ceiling Lights


Fused glass ceiling lamps are an easy answer to the room where you need lots of light and may not want the light to hang down too far from the ceiling. I almost always make them with a white background as this allows for the cleanest light. Once I made one with a pale pink background but the glass turned a deep pink, almost magenta, on firing. It left the room wiht a deep pink cast which wasn't unbearable, as that light is suspended about a foot from the ceiling. I am starting to make these lamps with the white glass as a background, but with a thin layer of colored enamel glass sprayed over it. This gives a glow of color without washing the room in color. I am really happy with the results I have been getting and hope you find them exciting. The ceiling lamps are typically 19" across and 3-4" deep. They have a 3/8" hole in the center to mount to a standard ceiling fixture. Unlike the hanging lamps, these do not come with the fixture, as it is readily available at the hardware store, and allows you to choose whether to use 2, 3 or 4 bulbs. One further option is a stem, which makes the lamp look somewhat like an upside down mushroom. I blow the stems in the hot shop and provide the hardware, which is unique to the lamps.


           

           

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Pulls


Door pulls are small decorative pieces of glass that attach to your cabinets as handles.

They come in a few basic designs:


Balls:

These are handmade on the blowpipe (that's what I'm making on the home page). I typically gather enough glass to make ten to forty pulls at once, then shape and remove them one at a time. The designs of the balls are as follows:


Solid core swirls have a large core of color in the center and a number of contrasting stripes swirling around that.


Open core swirls usually have five stripes of color twisted through the ball and a lot of clear.


Noodles have a solid core of color and a patch of twisted and straight canes on the end, all running parallel.


Textures: as the name implies, these are not smooth. They are either ribbed or knobby. many are sprayed while hot with a metal compound to make them iridescent. Many of the knobby ones have a solid core and contrasting texture. The knobby texture is made by rolling the hot glass in crushed glass which is melted partly in, just enough to make it stick.


Flat pulls

These pulls are made in the fusing studio, where I cut squares or circles of glass and add the decorations. This is all done cold. I then fire the glass in an oven to melt the designs together. I can't say that I have the designs as standardized for the flat pull, in part because the possibilities are so great for a variety of designs. Still, you can see some of my favorite designs recurring.



           

   

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