Pot-melts with Tracy

In December Tracy came over and we created pot-melts. I have been trying to decide how to use mine, which is one of the reasons for the delay in writing this post. I love creating fused glass pot-melts because you never really know what you are going to get. Here are some pictures of use setting up the pots. It’s 96 coe, I used opalescent, transparent, and clear glass. The last picture is how we set up the pots. The bottom 3 photos are pictures of Tracy loading the pots into the kiln.

The photos below are the pots all set up in the kiln before firing. some of the pots I created, and a few are store bought and a couple are from Laurie Spray (as are all the stainless-steel rims and fiber). As a side note, Laurie has the best stainless-steel rims.

The pictures below show how the glass melts through each of the pots. You can see different pots have different designs. You can see we also tried to do different colors. If you look closely, you can see I didn’t have enough glass to fill my stainless-steel molds.

The top two pictures show what the pieces look like right after firing. Again, you can see all but 2 didn’t fill the stainless-steal mold. They also have rough edges, so you have to either cut them up or at least grind the edges to make them smooth.

I cleaned them all up, they are all so pretty. The top four are Tracy’s and the bottom four are mine.

Now comes the difficult part, deciding what to do with them. The blue one I decided to make into a sculpture, I like the stand I have it in, but I have others as well. I cut off the bottom so it will stand then I ground the edges to make it smooth and then fire polished. It’s so pretty, it reminds me of the ocean.

The blue, purple, and pink one I cut and then fire-polished then slumped. A truly one-of-a-kind piece. You can also see how the glass changed colors with every firing.

As far as the green, I can’t decide what to do – slump it or leave it flat as a sculpture. I think for now I’ll leave it flat because I can’t unslump it so to speak without messing up the design. I like the dear display, or it could go into another stand like I have it here. Either way it’s a beautiful piece.

The red one, I’m trying something new. I cut it up and made pendants. I’m also going to make some bowls. I’ll write a post about them when I finish them.

So which color is your favorite? What style is your favorite? I love making pot-melts, they are one of a kind.

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Keeping my kilns warm,


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