Fused Glass Pot Melt Bowl
Creating a pot melt bowl starts with a ceramic “pot”, which has one or more holes in the bottom. You begin by placing the pot in a kiln on a bridge or other riser which supports the pot, leaving the holes exposed. Next, you fill the pot with a variety of colored and clear fusible glass. As the temperature in the kiln reaches 1,600 plus degrees, the glass begins to flow through the holes in the pot onto the kiln shelf below. That is what creates the unique shape.
Unlike paint that flows together, glass colors do not mix. As an example, if you had orange and yellow glass in the pot, when they flow out together they do not become yellow. They continue to be two distinct colors which swirl around each other, creating unique patterns. That is why every pot melt bowl is a one-of-a-kind creation! You never quite know how it will turn out. The end result is driven by the placement of the various colors next to each other and the shape and number of holes in the pot. It is an absolute blast to open the kiln when a pot melt firing is complete to see the surprise that awaits you!
The final step is to take the glass disk you created through the pot melt process and place it on a ceramic mold. You run the kiln at a lower temperature and the glass slumps down into the mold, taking on its shape. That is called glass slumping.
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Polly & Dan have been working with glass since 2005 and have a studio in their home in Scarborough, Maine. They both do traditional stained glass work, but Polly’s real passion is fusing glass.