Fractured light - Purple moon



Colours for just their inherent beauty. They don't necessarily have to be in any particular form or arranged into a recognizable image. Shine sunlight through multiple hues and it is breathtaking and blissful. 

On one recent day, my kiln began malfunctioning. 

Kilns are programmed to follow a precise schedule of heating, processing and cooling to outcome one wants without shocking the glass and causing it to break.  Programs vary according to what we are trying to accomplish. Precise programming, learned through trial and error, is important.

What I wrote in my blog about this piece:

My kiln began ignoring my instructions. It would begin the fusing program I laid out, but at some unpredictable point, it would stop. The glass would be shocked and break. But then the kiln would restart, complete the entire schedule I had programmed, and my broken glass would fuse together again. 

That is how my “Purple moon” fractured-light window glass came to be. 

“Purple moon” reminds me that most of us have suffered some sort of physical or emotional shock or injury that has left us feeling broken.

In time, though we may heal, we will likely always carry a scar. 

So are we broken or beautiful? 

I say “both.” 

"Purple moon's" scar is halfway up the glass in a jagged line from one side to the other.

The texture of the "Fractured light" sun catchers make them glow and sparkle when bathed in light.

They come wired and ready to hang.

I suggest that you wash all Glass by Charis by hand. 

Putting it in the microwave is not recommended.

Size: 12"

How it was created: The V-shaped glass hanging loops are made and fused separately first. The multi-coloured bubbles have also been fired separately and then added to the circle. All the glass pieces have been cut by hand using tile nippers. The fractured glass pieces are created by laying a piece of clear glass on the kiln shelf and topping it with varied colours of the transparent glass pieces. The glass hanging loops are positioned at the top, under the clear sheet and everything is fused together into one magnificent piece.  

My process often adds bubbles in the glass and no piece is perfectly round or square, adding to its appeal.

Fusing glass, often in several layers, results in items that may seem surprisingly heavy when first unpacked.

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