I never would have thought that my crunch of mass production in preparation for Tucson would have yielded a creative surprise, but it has. Long a fan of the raku glass, I've lately been fascinated with Gaffer's new colors Chalcedony and Blue Chalcedony (G-109, G-1095). Inspired by artists like Deb Batten of Firebird Flamework and Mike Hengler who have been doing some heavy duty experimentation with this glass, I feel determined to learn for myself what makes this glass tick. Specifically, what makes it do it's fantastical color popping thing for me, the way I work.Certainly, it's lots of intense heating and cooling, but more specifically, I think it likes to move. Seriously, the most intense and breathtaking color I've gotten seems to be from letting the glass flow. Deb touched on this in her tutorial last year, but what I'm seeing is that it likes to flow around the mandrel. A lot. The color in these comes almost entirely from intense heating and movement, not from rapidly cooling with tools, but obviously that's the next thing I'll try.
These babies will be coming with me to Tucson, and I might even pry them out of my hot little hand to sell. Maybe.