I'm getting ready to teach a "Working With Frits & Powders" workshop on April 28-30.
The last workshop was so much fun, I thought I'd post a few images.
It's amazing how many things you can do with a little scrap glass, frit and powder. Once you understand the principles behind the glass volume/heat equation, you are queen of the studio.
There is so much to know about glass. To operate with any control at all, you have to embrace your inner glass geek and learn a little about the technical side.
This workshop explores one really interesting aspect of fused glass work - the control of glass movement - in particular, the equation between particle size, weight, volume and heat.
We explore several techniques with a variety of glass sizes from cullet to powders.
Large cullet produces large, irregular holes that look eroded and echo the patterns of water puddles or lakes from the air. As you use smaller and smaller particles, the patterns change.
There are some fantastic techniques to use with finer particles - you start to get more and more control, until you can sculpt the frit into curvy patterns and sea shapes.
If you're interested, check out the workshop page on my site. I'd love to have you here with me in the studio!
Steph Mader is a full-time glass artist living on Whidbey Island in Washington State.