Layer upon layer the images are embedded within the clear glass. The size of the piece determines what tools I need to create it.
Most of the marbles I can make in my studio with my equipment. My torch flame, and kiln. Each marble requires at least 4 firings, and sometimes 5 or six. I can envision future works having 10 or 15 kiln firing sessions.
Anything larger than about 2″, I need to rent a shop for. And, I need an Assistant in order to complete the piece. Something I like to call, “An investment”.
Renting the hot shop is very exciting. There is a sense of urgency and immediacy that I have not experienced before. My art has always had a little bit of chance art attitude. Wait and see what happens, see how things evolve. In the hot shop, you want to know what your making before you make it. Time is money. The more I work there, the more I come up with ways to improvise and take chances. I am really stoked about how things are coming out.
You can purchase New works created with these techniques at the website.