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Fuse Clay

      The fusion of clay and glass brings out the best qualities of each material and allows them to balance and accent each other. The glass is transparent and appears to be fluid where as the clay offers sculptural and structural qualities to a finished piece. The fusion of the two creates surfaces and textures within the composite that were never before possible. Thick layers of glass add an intensity and color depth that cannot be achieved by clay and glaze alone. The juxtaposition of clay elements, within or projecting through the glass, show off the ability of the clay to hold its shape, texture, and form. The glass flows over, through, and around the clay. A barrier has been hurdled with his discovery that will provide wonderful new possibilities to the world of glass and ceramic art.

The Road To Discovery

      My understanding of the medium meant thousands of tests and volumes of documentation. The clues to my discoveries have been scattered throughout my career. My early testing on glazes and clays held the foundation to my understanding of the physical problems of fusing clay and glass together. It was my continuous testing of materials that has filled in and completed the puzzle.

      What makes fusible clay so great is the glass is transparent and fluid where as the clay offers sculptural and structural qualities. The juxtaposition of clay elements, within or projecting through the glass, show off the ability of the clay to hold its shape, texture, and form. The glass flows over, through, and around the clay. The fusion of the two creates structure, surfaces, and textures within the composite that were never before possible. Every type of media speaks to its own true properties. What I am excited about is that the fusion of clay and glass brings out the best qualities of each material and allows them to balance and accent each other. Thick layers of glass add an intensity and color depth that cannot be achieved by clay and glaze alone. The two together is something completely new.