Learn About Glass

Below are the different techniques I work while designing glass pieces.  Click on the learn more links or join us at a class!

stamped salad bowl setFused Glass Art: Glass fusing is a process of putting glass into a kiln at temperatures around 1500 degrees Fahrenheit (°F). Each piece of glass has a different COE or Coefficient of Expansion which is the rate of expansion and contraction as it heats and cools in a kiln. Thus, when desiging a glass object, it is important to use glass of the same COE. Learn more…

Fused Glass Jewelry: Each custom fused glass jewelry piece that Erica designs has at least 2 layers of glass. Projects are assembled by stacking at least two layers on top of each other. The piece on the bottom is sometimes called a “blank.” The piece on top is sometimes the design layer or it can be done the other way around, where the blank is on the top and the design layer is on the bottom. Learn more…

Dichroic Glass Jewelry: No two dichroic pendants are exactly the same in color or the arrangement of colors within the piece. Any color combination can be created using the several transparent and opalescent pieces carefully cut out and laid together in the kiln. A piece of dichroic glass can be fused with other glass in multiple firings. Learn more…

Grey Goose cheese boardRecycled Bottle Art: Erica takes recycled bottles and turns them into recycled art! The most popular bottles are Grey Goose, Belvedere, and Absolut which are carefully put in a kiln, slowly heated to temperatures around 1400 degrees, cooled, and turned into functional cheese boards, spoon rests, or ash trays! Learn more…

Mosaics: A mosaic is a picture or design constructed from smaller separate pieces, in this case, glass. Each piece of glass is affixed onto a surface (wood, concrete, etc.) and then grouting is applied to seal the layer. Different varieties of glass can be incorporated together to create the design. Learn more…

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