Glass coloured by fusing metallic oxides used to form decorative or pictorial designs typically set in a lead framework.
In the arts, this coloured glass is used for making decorative windows and other objects through which light passes. Strictly speaking, all coloured glass is “stained”, or coloured by the addition of various metallic oxides while it is in a molten state; nevertheless, the term stained glass has come to refer primarily to the glass employed in making ornamental or pictorial windows.
Glass Fusing is the process of using a kiln to join together pieces of glass. If you apply heat to glass, it will soften. If you continue to apply heat, the layers of glass will become more fluid and flow together. Two or more pieces of glass will stick (or “fuse”) to each other. When the right kind of glass is heated and then cooled properly, the resulting fused glass piece will be solid and unbroken.
Many people also use the word “fusing” to describe the bending and shaping of glass using the heat of a kiln.
This manipulation can take many forms, but the most common is “slumping”. A mould is used to cause already fused glass to take on the shape of a bowl, a plate, or similar object.
Clive uses the skills of fusing and slumping to create beautiful and functional works of art.