Notes on tutorial given by world famous Japanese pate de verre artists Kimiake & Shin-ichi Higuchi at the Corning 2009.
This tutorial on Pate de Verre gives a complete breakdown on their method of creating this beautiful glass art, from making of sample pallets to the finished pate de verre piece.
Includes full firing schedules for pate de verre samples as well as full
Lesson contains full details of list of materials and method of creating molds...
Pâte de Verre is an ancient glass casting technique used to create solid objects that are very luminous due to the way they reflect light. This technique was practiced by the ancient Egyptians to produce beautiful amulets and gems. It was rediscovered and went through a revival period during the 1800's. Beautiful examples of that period are seen throughout the world.
"Pate de Verre" which literally means "Glass Paste" was made using fine particles of glass in a paste form to produce the cas...
Birds in Flight was made with a pate de verre process
using fine glass frit to make cast glass pieces. I learned this
process from Alicia Lomne. Visit her website to see some amazing
work using this process:
This bowl is inspired by coiled native american baskets.
Birds In Flight is a native american pattern that I adapted to
this glass casting process. The alternation of the orientation of a
triangle seemed like such a simple pattern but I needed to dust off my
geometry to ge...
Pate de verre, the technique of pressing glass powders or frits into a mold, is a detailed and
difficult form of kiln casting. However, it is the use of these fine frits that give pate de verre
its distinctive luster and allows for specific placement of colors in the mold.
Pate de verre utilizes the 'lost wax' casting method that other art objects are made of,
from bronze sculpture to gold and silver jewelry.
Each piece starts with a wax model. The model can be an original
In a clean container, pour some distilled water and ADD the powder to the
water. This way, bubbles are released as the dry powder hits the surface
of the water. DO NOT start by adding the water to the powder. The
amount of water will depend on how much volume of wet powder you
need. I find using a spoon to put the powder in the water works
better than dumping it in from the bottle, which creates extra glass
dust. You want the powder to be soaked but not liquid.
Eggshell Thin Pâte de Verre with Shin-ichi Higuchi
Shin-ichi Higuchi takes us through the process of his creation of eggshell thin pate de verre.
A clay model is made over which plaster is placed.
The clay is then removed from the mold and this becomes the mold into
which fine glass frit is pressed before firing in a kiln.
The mold is a one use only as it is destroyed to
reveal the finished pate de verre art work.
Master Class 4: Pâte de verre with Shin-ichi and Kimiake Higuchi
Kimaiake creates a mold by investing a cabbage leaf in plaster to create a mold and from there adds fine frit to create a pate de verre reproduction of the leaf....