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Artist in Studio

Crystal Loke, Glass Artist
Crystal Loke, Glass Artist

Glass Fusing found me quite by accident! In December 2013, at a crossroad in my life, I felt a desire to add creativity to my more technical abilities. I have always dabbled in the arts – photography, painting, etc and I loved the technical aspects of those mediums.  I chose to open myself up to the possibilities of Glass fusion and I couldn’t be happier!

“Glass fusing offers limitless opportunities to create something new, something unique, something that can be looked at in so many different ways by different people.”

It has become a passion that allows me to intentionally combine the creative and technical aspects to fulfil a vision. Every day life, nature, science, photography and the world around me act as my inspiration!  When I start a new project, sometimes it is how the light hits the glass or the colour of the glass that fascinates me and provides the inspiration! The possibilities are endless….

The Process

Glass is a versatile material that can be made into a variety of items for different purposes, from decorative use to industrial applications. Layers of glass are melted together becoming one piece, using a kiln. Based on size and thickness a specific firing schedule is prepared and programmed into the kiln at temperatures ranging between 1200-1700 deg F.

This is actually one of the oldest methods of working with glass, as some historians say it goes back to the time of the Ancient Egyptians. However, the first definitive evidence of glass fusing can be traced back to the Romans, who used this technique before the discovery of glass blowing.

Many techniques can be used to alter the glass and can last anywhere from 6 to 24 hours in one firing schedule. Many times pieces are fired, two three or even four times, carefully controlling the process through varying the temperature in the kiln resulting in getting the desired effect.