Photo Credit ~ Daniel Krucoff
Red glass has always been one of my favorites. I like the depth of it, the various shades, and the richness. This is one of my Sky-Scape bowls and I wanted it to convey those first red hues as the sun rises in the morning. That is my reason for calling this one Breaking Dawn.
I used Bullseye glass in this strip construction, combining the transparent glass with opals. Creating any of these Sky-Scape bowls takes more time because I'm trying to get the right balance of glass colors to create the affect I want. Of course, the way the strips look, prior to their first firing in the kiln for the full fuse, doesn't always provide an accurate view of how the piece will look after being fused. There can be color shifts in some of the glass after fusing. In this case, some of the reds turned out darker after being fused. However, I'm still happy with the end result as I think it is dramatic.
Here's an interesting tidbit of information about red glass. Gold is used in its manufacture. I have an inventory of red glass that I purchased about 2 years ago which was before gold prices exceeded $1000 an ounce. I haven't checked the price of red glass since gold prices went up. Right now I'm happy that I have a supply.
Breaking Dawn is currently available at Boulder Arts and Crafts through September 5, 2010.
Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.