Kilnformers are always looking for ways to create new and exciting design
elements to incorporate in their pieces. One of the most commonly used
design elements is a section of glass with an embedded pattern – created
with a pattern bar. This article will discuss ways to make and use pattern
bars in kilnformed glass work.
In order to create a pattern bar you will need a kiln, dams, fiber paper, and fusible glass. In order to use the pattern bar you will need a tile saw with a lapidary blade...
#1. Stringer glass and sliced strips of glass are chosen for the colour palette.
#2. I have chosen to use Zircar Refractory comp. containment molds for my dams or walls of the cast pieces I
will create. I kiln wash with Bullseye kiln wash and dry before placing on a clean newly primed kiln shelf that has also been dried in kiln.
#3. Here the molds are placed side by side ready to load with glass
#4. Cut the strips of glass in any colour configuration of your choosing. I like to pile c...
Master Class 6: Kiln Formed Glass with Rudi Gritsch
Rudy Gritsch, the Austrian kiln forming artist and instructor takes viewers through many of his processes involving the kiln. We follow Gritsch as he takes his work from the initial phases of design through the detailed setups, firings, and finishing processes, to completed works of art.