When I did my first glass fusing course I was blown away when I realised the possibilities of combining fusing and glass painting, the new possibilities that I didn’t have painting with porcelain especially the 3 dimensional qualities of working with glass, in the form of layering, and the play of light on the glass, cast shadows etc.
I’ve had an idea in my head for a long time to paint one of my hares on glass, I’ve gone over the making/painting of it in my head so many times, using inclusions to add textural detail to the foreground and painting the hare as I would on porcelain, then finally painting on the back side of the piece which would be seen through the glass giving depth to the piece.
So I set to work, I did my fusing with inclusions, my painting, then slumping. On the morning I took the piece out of the kiln I put it on the kitchen window sill to observe it while I made breakfast. The rain was lashing down outside and the wind blowing a hooly and the bush behind the piece was swaying about like crazy. I soon realised that this painting needed nothing more, the fact that the outside world could be seen through my painting actually animated the piece, so it was time to just leave it alone, it didn’t need anything more.
I’ve had a bit of fun photographing it in different positions around the house, and even caught the sunset last evening. If you follow me on Facebook you will have seen these already.