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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Phil Phixes Phear of Phiring, or How to Make Friends with Your Electric Kiln

A 14th century kiln

A 21st century electric kiln

And these are beautiful examples of glass art created by Dreamweavers using temperature and time to fuse different glass elements together.

Last Saturday, Phil Materio, owner of McMow Art Glass and resident specialist in fusing techniques offered a special class to students and artists of the glass arts who choose fusing as their medium of expression. Specialty glass has different co-efficients of expansion and knowing how much and how long to fire the piece is critical to the process of fusing. More than 25 fusing artists came to learn the intricacies and subtleties of this fascinating process. Come by the McMow studio galleries for an up close look at some of these marvelous pieces.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That Phil really is a fusing master! I want to take this class - where can I sign up?