Fusion project: new clay and glass art

We’ve been working for several months on a technique to combine several of our interests into a single product.  We believe our efforts have paid off and we can now offer these tiles made of porcelain clay and glass.  The process that finally worked for us is:

  1. Roll out slabs of porcelain.
  2. Cut out the tiles and let them dry between two sheets of drywall  This helps keep the tiles flat.
  3. Cut or carve out the designs and let the clay dry.
  4. Underglaze if desired.
  5. Bisque fire to cone 04.
  6. Glaze the tiles.
  7. This is where the process gets bifurcated.  Apply cut glass or frit to tiles before firing.  Skip this step if dichroic glass is planned for the tile.
  8. Fire to cone 05.
  9. Cross fingers.  This has proven to be one of the most important steps.
  10. If more glass is needed or dichroic glass is being used, apply glass and do a deep fuse firing.
  11. Cross fingers.  While this is a repeat step, again, it’s a very, very important step.

Hope you enjoy.

 

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