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Yes, these are photographs. Photographs of glass pieces I create in my studio. It all begins with some small pieces of glass and clay pots with holes in the bottom. Not just any glass, but specialty fusible glass that is made so that the different colors are compatible with each other when heated and cooled. While the final patterns cannot be determined, the way the glass is stacked in the pots does have an effect on the finished melt. Different sizes and shapes of holes also have an effect. The pot of glass is placed in the kiln suspended over a kiln shelf with a barrier to keep the molten glass contained. The kiln is heated slowly to just under 1700 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature at which the glass has melted and is flowing through the holes in the pot creating the final patterns. Once the glass has emptied from the pot it is allowed to cool and anneal. Using a Nikon D3200 DSLR camera with a macro lens, the search for the most interesting places to photograph begins. And the details of new worlds, hidden to the naked eye, make their existence known. The areas I photograph are about 1 1/2 inch by 1 inch at the largest, and the final images may be cropped to a section as small as 1/4 by 3/8 inch.
September 6th, 2013
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