Glass Dish #191
This glass dish measures 9.5 x 9.5 x 1.9 inches.
Each dish is fired in a kiln 3-4 times in order to get the effect of woven glass. Most woven glass dishes online are not a tight weave as mine, Also theirs are generally quite fragile because they are one layer thick.
I designed a jig for the kiln that enables me to make tightly woven glass strings. My dishes have an additional solid glass piece fused to the bottom for extra added stability. This bottom fused piece also makes the dish watertight.
Making this Dish: (1) I cut and melt the glass noodles on my custom-designed kiln jig. (2) I then remove them from the kiln and weave the pieces together by hand on a table. At this point, I also trim any excess pieces. (3) The woven piece is then placed back into the kiln on its bottom solid piece and heated to a tacking temperature (just fusing the pieces together, not to a melting point). (4) When cooled down a mold is placed into the kiln and the dish is heated just enough to slump into the mold. (Because of the thickness of the double layers of glass, this slumping process has to be done in two stages. (Slump firing... cool down, then re-fired again to complete the slump shaping).