Art Glass Perfect Lime Bowl
This bowl is part of our Serendipity Collection of art glass home decor. It is 10″ long and 3.5″ wide.
This bowl looks like a summer day, and that was intentional. The green and yellow color palette reminds us of the season: the trees and plants that show off infinite shades of green, and the golden sun which lights the long days of summer and radiates warmth. That the bowl is perfect for holding limes, which are part of many a summertime beverage, is a bonus but was not planned. What a wonderful piece to add to your collection of serving pieces — it can do more than simply serving limes — or to give to someone special who appreciates fine craftsmanship.
Creating it was a 5-step process.
Selecting the Glass: Two pieces of glass were cut onto ovals to form the bowl, one celadon green and the other clear.
Creating the Surace Decoration: The narrow stripes of color were made using “stringers”, glass rods 1mm or 2mm in diameter. Two shades of green and 2 shades of yellow were used. Once placement was decided, they were held in place using glue. Next, sunflower-yellow and spring-green powder frit (very finely ground glass) were sifted onto the piece in diagonal bands, reminiscent of shafts of sunlight coming through leaves. FInally, chunky, clear glass (coarse frit) was sprinkled randomly over the assemblage, to give the bowl texture and to make the colors pop, when all this was completed, the green glass oval, with stringers and frit, was carefully placed on top of the clear piece in preaparation for firing.
Fusing in the Kiln: The two layers were placed in a kiln and heated to 1375 degrees, the temperature at which glass begins to melt and the elements stick togetherwhile retaining their original shapes. This is known as a tack fuse.
Shaping the Bowl: At this point the piece was still flat. To create a bowl it was fired one more time. It was placed on a mold and heated to 1250 degrees (a process known as slumping). At this temperature the glass softens and gravity causes it to sink into the mold and assume its final shape.
|10 × 10 × 4 in