Fused Glass from Tropics of Costa Rica

Guest Artist at Casa Gecko Glass

Deanne Sabeck, artist based in Encinitas, California, stopped by the studio on Wednesday to give us a lesson in using frit – Roy says it should just be called “crushed glass” but we like to elevate the discourse by using fancy names for materials and techniques in glass fusing.

glass fusing toolsThe frit we used was made from scraps of System 96 sheet glass, using the frit crusher that Trevor fabricated for me from an old tank-less water heater and some scrap metal he had.  We graded the crushed glass into different sizes using a range of screens.  Then we painted designs with white glue onto clear base glass, sifted the frit to stick to the glue, and shook off the excess.

fused glass samara costa rica

The tac fuse program took the kiln to 1350F so that the finished pieces still had a lot of texture, from “raw sugar” to “crumbled cheese”.

glass fusing Samara Costa RicaI’m working with another technique that Deanne introduced to me: frit casting into paper dams.  Here, I’m experimenting with Bombay Sapphire (Gin) bottle glass, which Bonnie saves for me from her bar Lo Que Hay, here in Samara.

glass fusing in samara costa rica

Please, friends and neighbors, drink more gin!

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