Birch Tree Grove on Stand


Fused glass Birch Tree Grove on stand.  Handcrafted in Maine.


Birch Tree Grove on Stand

Love Birch Trees?  Then this Birch Tree Grove is for you!  The glass piece and stand is approximately 12″ x 17.5″.  Place it on a windowsill or on a bookcase – wherever you put it, it is sure to please.

The birch tree grove you order will be very similar to the one pictured, but slightly different as they are handcrafted.

Creation process:

The trees are cut by hand from white glass and placed on the base.  I use black confetti, stringers and frit, which are all made from glass, for the black markings on the trees.  The leaf canopy is formed by using different shades of glass frit.  All of the glass needs to be washed, rinsed and dried before assembly. When the glass is clean, I begin by creating the black markings typically found on Birch trees and then use frit to form the leaf canopy.  The ferns at the base of the trees are snipped from green glass and the ground is created by using frit.  Once complete, it goes into the kiln to be fused into one piece.

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Polly & Dan have been working with glass since 2005 in their home studio in Dayton, Maine. While they both do traditional stained glass work, Polly is passionate about fusing glass.

What is fused glass?

The process begins with fusible stained glass, which is basically a special type of stained glass that can withstand the high temperatures of a kiln.  The design elements are cut by hand from the various colors of glass, cleaned, and then assembled.  The piece then goes into the kiln and the intense heat fuses the individual pieces of glass into one.  If the fused piece is going to be shaped (like the curved Birch panels) it goes into the kiln a second time at a lower temperature and is placed on a mold.  As the temperature in the kiln slowly rises the glass slumps into (or over) the mold, taking on its shape.

Designed and handcrafted in Maine by Polly and Dan Plourde

Product photo by Thomas-John Veilleux