Fused glass is glass that has been fired in a kiln at a range of high temperatures from 593 °C (1,099 °F) to 816 °C (1,501 °F). There are 3 main distinctions for temperature application and the resulting effect on the glass. Slumping, tack fusing and full fuse. These pieces of glass are designed in a layered manner in a kiln. Through one or several firings a new piece of glass is created, formed and shaped.
When you visit DIMENSIONS 2017 next week make sure to check out Miriam Silburt’s work. She specializes in landscapes, functional items and sculptural pieces, both abstract and representative. Whether it’s a forest interior or a microscopic image of cellular life, she finds endless inspiration in the colour and shapes that she sees and brings to life through glass.
Then there is France Grice and her beautiful glass trees. France created the Sesquincentennial Maple Forest featured on the DIMENSIONS 2017 posters. Inspired by Canada’s 150, this 10 month project includes 150 glass trees on 150 maple bases. Each tree represents a year from 1867 to 2017. Make sure you hang around on opening night at DIMENSIONS 2017, France will be giving a short presentation on the inspiration and process of creating this masterpiece. That’s Thursday, October 19th from 6:00p to 9:00pm, in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park.