Rhubarb Art Glass Serving Dish
This stylish serving dish is part of our Serendipity Collection of art glass home decor. It measures 14.5″ x 9.75″
You will love seeing how this modern serving dish changes color with the light. It’s made from rhubarb colored glass, which has the curious quality of transitioning between shades of pink and green reminiscent of a stalk of rhubarb. Around the wide border and in the bottom of the dish are floating squares and rectangles that echo these colors. We don’t blame you for thinking it’s too pretty to serve food in, but it is food safe if you choose to do so. Offering a perfect blend of aesthetic appeal and practicality, it will brighten your home or make a cherished gift for someone special.
Creating it was a 5-step process.
Selecting the Glass: Two layers of 3mm thick rhubarb glass were cut to the finished dimensions of the dish. (To learn more about the 6 Millimeter Rule of Fused Glass, read on.)
Creating the Floating Shapes: A piece of transparent chartreuse glass was chosen to create the squares and rectangles that decorate the wide rim and bottom of the dish. It was hand painted using green enamel paint and iridescent red and gold mica paints. When the paint was dry, it was fired at 1375 degrees to permanently bond the paint to the glass. After cooling, it was cut into lozenge shaped tiles to adorn the dish.
Assembling the Design: The tiles were placed on the rhubarb glass and glued to keep them in place.
Fusing in the Kiln: The assembly was carefully placed in a kiln and heated to 1475 degrees, the temperature at which the glass melts and pieces fuse together. It was held at this temperature long enough for the painted tiles to sink into the rhubarb glass so they are completely flush with the surface.
Shaping the Dish: At this point the piece was still flat. To create a dish it was fired one more time. This time it was placed on a mold and heated to 1250 degrees, the temperature at which glass softens, and gravity caused it to sink into the mold and assume its final shape.
|18 × 18 × 4 in