Mask
The decade of the 90's and into the new century was a period of transition from the Vitrolite constructions into a greater emphasis on painting on the surface of the glass. I had experimented intermittently with glass enamels, but never found the glass painting process beneficial to my work. As time progressed, I found myself drawn back to the enameling process and, after some months of experimentation, began to find my voice with the process. Eventually my bright 2 dimensional color surfaces gave way to a textured painterly format. To achieve the effects I desired the pieces were fired 4 and 5 times. Each firing built up layers of color, texture and line. I produced many pieces using the enameling process. Some of the works included 3 dimensional blown elements which were then enameled and affixed to the flat glass surface. As time progressed through the 90's, I abandoned the enameling process and began to use acrylic inks and thin acrylic paints on the glass surface. Prior to applying the acrylic medium, I acid treated the glass surface. This treatment gave the glass "tooth" which facilitated the permanence of the inks. The works below are a few examples of the works produced using the enamel and acrylic process.
Glass Enameled Wall Panels
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Cup - Vitreous Enamels on glass
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House - Vitreous enamels on glass
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House 2 - Vitreous enamels on glass
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Formal Profile - precious leaf on glass, vitreous enamels on glass
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2 Dancers - Vitreous enamels on glass
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3 Dancers - Vitreous enamels on glass
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African Mask - oil stick on wood, vitreous enamels on glass
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Mask - Blown and enameled mask, vitreous enamels on glass
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12 Easy Pieces - Vitreous enamels on glass
Assorted Painted Wall Panels
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Roman Fish - Blown fish, acid treatment, blown vessel, plate glass, acrylic ink on glass, precious leaf
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Roman Fish 2 - Blown fish, shards of blown vessels, plate glass, acrylic ink on glass
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Dale's Shards - Shards from vessel, plate glass, acrylic ink on glass
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Shards of Relic - Shards from broken vessel, plate glass
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Pieces of Life - Shards, plate glass, acrylic ink on glass
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Ritual - Broken shards from vessel, acrylic ink on glass, plate glass
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High House - Bees wax, acid treated black glass, precious leaf
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Formal House - Bees wax, black vitreous enamel, acid treated black glass
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Kings Ritual Glass - Goblet coated in bees wax, vitreous enamel, acid treatment, acrylic paint