Fused Glass from Tropics of Costa Rica

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What the ?

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Since my Seattle workshop in June, I have been working every day in the studio and loving it. What have I been doing?

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I’ve been “painting” pictures with powdered and crushed glass (frit). I’m enjoying the process immensely, but I’m less than satisfied with the results.

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Is it technique or technical? I don’t know and I’ve asked for professional advice.

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It would be easy if I would stick to using the tested compatible COE96 art glass – I can knock those babies out – but I am really committed to using recycled “float” and bottle glass.

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And it just isn’t going well.   I am really proud of this “save”.  But why do my pieces spontaneously crack down the middle?  Like I said, I’ve asked for professional advice.

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Recycling the Chorotega

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gecko glass

With the new skills I learned recently from Michael Dupille, I am reinterpreting the local Chorotega pottery, made by the people indigenous to this part of Costa Rica.

chorotega pottery

The families are still working at Guaitil and San Vicente to create traditional designs which are highly patterned and usually symmetrical.  Often they have iconic animal figures in the center.

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I start by making new sheets of glass, using broken wine and beer bottles.  I’m still working out the firing schedule, hoping to get the glass more transparent.

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Then I add my interpretations of the Chorotega designs, using Michael’s “Scratch and Frit” method with glass paste and frit.

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It’s time consuming and labor intensive.  It gets fired several times.  But the glass is free and I have the gift of time.

I’m thinking of slumping these into shallow plates, which will help the light pass through. What do you think?