Australian Grass Tree by Alison Mortiss

This unusual picture of a grass tree (or Black Boy) is crafted by Alison Mortiss of Creative Moods Stained Glass Studio.  Formed by fusing layers of glass with chips, stringers and frits of varying grades assembled to create the design and then fired.  This type of work is called warm glass as it uses a kiln and cold glass pieces arranged rather than a furnace which uses molten glass to produce the items.  Alison uses Spectrum System 96 glass for her artworks so that the coefficient is compatible (which means that  the shrinkage rate of the glass pieces is similar to prevent cracking). In certain lights with the iridising to the surface this piece looks like a grass tree in the desert at sunset.

Australian Grass Tree by Alison Mortiss
Australian Grass Tree by Alison Mortiss

 

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