Techniques

There are literally hundreds of ways of working with glass since the ancient Egyptians discovered that the action of sun burning onto sand created a liquid which we now call glass.

Equally, there are many ways of using photography to create images on diverse surfaces, since the Frenchman Niepce found he could fix an image back in the 1830s. The soul of photography may lie within the silver grains of the traditional process but newer digital image capture offers more flexibility when connecting images to glass.

So when creating pure photos I prefer the silver bromide darkroom print, but when forming an imprint onto glass I start with a digital image and manipulate it according to the job in hand. So you could say my photography is more Fox Talbot, while my glass is more Louis Daguerre (one involving multilple prints, the other creating one-off artefacts).

There are four main areas of glass working that I make use of:

1. Tiffany-style copper foil work – for smaller work with intricate pieces

2. Leaded light work – for larger panels, windows, doors etc

3. Painted glass – either hand-painted or screen-printed directly onto glass

4. Fused glass – kiln fired glass pieces which fuse into one layer

MAKING A COPPER FOIL AND LEADED PANEL

 

PHOTOGRAPHIC SCREEN PRINTING ONTO GLASS

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