New technique for glassblowing fused glass - WarmGlass.com

New technique for glassblowing fused glass

This is the main board for discussing general techniques, tools, and processes for fusing, slumping, and related kiln-forming activities.

Moderators: Tony Smith, Brad Walker

Post Reply
Mark Hall
Posts: 59
Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2003 11:11 pm
Location: Kasota, MN
Contact:

New technique for glassblowing fused glass

Postby Mark Hall » Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:43 am

Warm pickups out of the kiln. Glassblowing in my fusing studio, with the simple addition of a glory hole, glassblower's bench, and a few hand tools. I'm focusing on making drinking glasses (until I develop skill levels further) using slices of color bars and clear studio nuggets from System 96. I'd like to share with others if interested in doing this yourself - because it's so much fun! It's the closest thing to magic that's real.

Brad Walker
Site Admin
Posts: 1349
Joined: Fri Mar 07, 2003 9:33 pm
Location: North Carolina, USA
Contact:

Re: New technique for glassblowing fused glass

Postby Brad Walker » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:22 pm

Not really new, Mark, but it can be a lot of fun. We've been doing similar kinds of things for several years now, just picking up out of a kiln and working in the glory hole. We actually taught several classes on the technique in the past.

Mark Hall
Posts: 59
Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2003 11:11 pm
Location: Kasota, MN
Contact:

Re: New technique for glassblowing fused glass

Postby Mark Hall » Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:42 am

There we go! Although it's tough to find something new under the sun, teaching classes on this topic is always welcomed by those interested in taking their work to the next level. It appears new, when little information or activity is found discussing this approach, and my activity came from actively pursuing this on my own initiative. Glad to hear about what you're doing Brad - I'd love to get together and compare notes. Let's get more people's eyes wide open blowing glass!

Brad Walker
Site Admin
Posts: 1349
Joined: Fri Mar 07, 2003 9:33 pm
Location: North Carolina, USA
Contact:

Re: New technique for glassblowing fused glass

Postby Brad Walker » Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:05 pm

Johnathon Taylor Schmuck taught the classes at our place. I think the first was in around 2010. But the technique has been around much longer than that, I remember Sara Creekmore talking about it over a decade ago and I'm sure there are many others. You're right, there's nothing new under the sun, only variations on the old.

Mark Hall
Posts: 59
Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2003 11:11 pm
Location: Kasota, MN
Contact:

Re: New technique for glassblowing fused glass

Postby Mark Hall » Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:21 am

Another pickup idea I'm pioneering is using kiln formed cylinders. These thick-walled fused cylinders are fun to make and easy to pick up and blow out. A little different from the typical roll-up, here we start the hot shop process with a cylinder right out of the kiln. If you want to know more about this, I'll share the details if you message me.


Post Reply

Return to “Techniques and Tools”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 48 guests

Warm Glass

2575 Old Glory Road, Suite 700
Suite 700
Clemmons, NC 27012
Phone: (336) 712 8003
Email: wg@warmglass.com