“Keep it simple,” is my mantra at this busy time of year. But simple doesn’t necessarily have to mean humdrum. In fact, simple quite often is very elegant. Take this cheery bowl for example. It’s super easy to create and still makes a flashy, festive holiday decoration. In the interest of getting you out and into your studio where all the fun happens, I’m going to keep this post simple, too. So, let’s get to it.
This bowl is made with two layers of glass plus accent pieces on the top layer. Cut a 10-inch circle out of white glass for the base. Cut a second 10-inch circle out of the pattern glass. Stack the pattern on the white base. Cut 9 holly leaf shapes out of green glass. Grind them if needed to smooth out the shapes. Position the leaf shapes and fusible pebbles on the pattern layer. Fire the glass using the full fuse guide below. Slump into a fluted mold using the slumping guide below.
Ta-Da! You have a beautiful seasonal treasure that is sure to bring cheer to your home for years to come.
Note: The finished size of this delightful bowl is 10 inches. The fused glass is slumped into a fluted 11-inch ceramic mold. You can make the bowl larger or smaller to fit any size or shape mold you have.
For this project, I used System 96 glass but any fusible glass will work equally as well.
Spectrum Glass, 200, white, for the base, 1 SF
Uroboros Glass, 11-29-96, Clear, Greens, Pink, Fracture, Green Streamers, for the top layer, 1 SF
Spectrum Glass, 128AVSF, Dark Green Aventurine, for the holly leaves, ¼ SF
Spectrum Glass, Red Pebbles, for the holly berries, 9 pebbles
Fluted Ceramic Mold, 11-inch wide
Check out the Holiday Holly Bowl Video!
Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1300 and hold 30 min.
Segment 2: Ramp 500F/hr to 1465 and hold 10 min.
Segment 3: Ramp 9999(AFAP*) to 960 and hold 40 min.
Segment 4: Cool to room temperature.
*As fast as possible
Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1265 and hold 10 min.
Segment 2: Ramp 9999(AFAP*) to 960 and hold 40 min.
Segment 3: Cool to room temperature.
*As fast as possible
NOTE: Kilns fire diffidently. Test fire these guides in your kiln and then adjust as needed.
Advanced Glass Fusing with Lisa Vogt
February 21-24, 2017
Personalized Instruction, 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop
Lisa’s Private Studio, Wesley Chapel, FL
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Here’s what students are saying about the class.
We got right to work within the first 10 minutes. It was 4 very intense days of working on advanced techniques and fusing. The best part was we chose what we wanted to learn and Lisa taught us how to make it. -Beth
In the recent 4-day workshop Lisa shared her space, methods, approaches to work, advanced tools in such a welcoming way along with the limit of 3-4 students. This gives you so much one-on-one time with an expert of glass fusion which makes it easy to absorb info, ask questions and work to have successful projects that you love. -Regina
Having a small number of students in the class allowed us to each pursue different projects and therefore, see a variety of processes rather than if we all had to make the same pieces. As Lisa, would talk with a classmate we would continue to work on our pieces but at the same time, listen, take notes or watch what she was showing someone else. The ease of learning in this fashion was remarkable. -Ginger
5 Reasons Why You’ll Love this Class
You’ll unlock your own design style with expert guidance.
You’ll dive right in and complete unique advanced techniques on the first day.
You’ll work at your own pace making projects of your choosing.
You’ll design and build large multi-step projects.
You’ll love the small class size and one-on-one, personalized instruction.
Check out my Advanced Class video!