Art School: Glass, Mosaics & Collage
These two ancient media of fine craft have a home in the contemporary art world in classes at the Evanston Art Center.
The art of mosaics dates back to the third millennium BC in Mesopotamia and remains essentially the same today: creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. It can be a decorative art or you can imbue your work with spiritual significance. Using small pieces of stone or glass of different colors, create a pattern or picture, a personal work of art.
Fusing and slumping glass also are ages-old techniques.
Glass fusing is the process of using a kiln to join together pieces of glass. If you apply heat to glass, it will soften. If you continue to apply heat, the glass will become more fluid and flow together. Two or more pieces of glass will stick (fuse) together. When the right kind of glass is heated and then cooled properly, the resulting fused glass piece will be solid and unbroken.
Bending and shaping glass using the heat of a kiln is a manipulation also known as slumping, where a mold is used to cause already fused glass to take on the shape of a bowl, a plate, or similar object—even a piece of jewelry.
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