Mainly Dichroic glass jewellery including Pendants, Earrings, Cuff links, Brooches, Tie pins and much more
Process: Layers of hand cut coloured glass are heated in a kiln from 750-800 degrees centigrade.
The higher the temperature the more glossy and rounded the finish. Those fired at the lower temperature result in more sculptured pieces. Most of my work contains dichroic glass, which is wonderful to work with but very difficult to photograph as its look and effect changes with light and movement.
I enjoy working with glass; it’s always a thrill to open the kiln and inspect any new work.
What is dichrior glass? Very thin layers of quartz crystal and metal oxides are vaporized on to the surface of clear or black glass. This is done in a highly technical vacuum deposition process, which was originally developed for the space industry.
The characteristics of this glass are that it has a transmitted colour (the colour you see through the glass if the coating is on clear glass), that is different from the reflected colour (the colour you see when light is bounced off the glass).
These colours then shift depending on the angle at which it is viewed. There are over 70 different coloured coatings available on both clear and black glass, including some patterned and some textured glass.
By combining different finishes the end result is a unique piece of work.
Education:I have been lucky to have been tutored by some leading national and international glass workers.
Amanda Moriarty first sparked my interest. Sue Shaw and Erna Piechna-Sowersby added to my knowledge.
I recently managed to secure a grant from the Milton Keynes Arts Association to complete a week’s residential course working with one of Americas finest Judith Conway. She uses powdered glass to paint images on her work. I am working on these techniques at present to produce new and exciting items.
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Email: Lizzie Coulter