I am making large well really large cheese boards – they are 88cms long – I can make them longer but I will need you to come and collect it from my studio.
I start by creating the shape and size I want in newspaper then I cut the basic shape out of 6mm clear glass
I use old fashioned tools to cut the glass, an oil filled cutter, running pliers and grozing pliers… because leaves are subject to bugs and the extremes of weather, no leaf can be without little cut out bits around its edge….so here is a close up of the sort of cut outs I create. So after I have worked on getting the glass to exactly the shape I want I start to prepare my kiln and fill it with casting plasterwhich I purchase in very big bags. which I carefully level out and create the “mold” I need for my glass piece When the mold is ready I will grind all of the edges of the glass piece including the “cut outs”. My glass grinder “bits” look like this. In another post I’ll explain how they are made and how they work.
of course I have experimented dozens of times to achieve the exact outcome I want for my glass pieces and so I programme my kiln accordingly….then pray to the kiln Gods that it works. Here are the customers with the first platter I made, you can see how big it is here….
Thank you for taking the time to read this post, feel free to share it if you’d like. JY.