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New Work – Experimental Panel

Koi Carp wall installation.  Panel measures 24″ wide by 18 tall.  Cast glass, finished in a modified verre eglomise.  Many of the bubbles in the piece are silver leafed leaving clear spots to give the illusion of a watery atmosphere.

I’ve been working for some time testing various clay bodies for use as a refractory.  The idea is to identify a refractory recipe that can be sculpted, dried, and go straight to kiln.  Ideally, it would be re-usable, allowing for limited edition runs.

I’m on my way.  This latest test answered a lot of questions and also identified new questions to answer. Here’s how it went:


First I sculpted the koi model.  This koi is 18.5″ long from nose to tip of tail. Over the course of several days, I made adjustments to several of the details and then allowed it to dry over several weeks.


Next, I placed the koi sculpture into the kiln in a bed of dry plaster.  The plaster was arranged to create a fluid environment.  Also, the plaster was used along the edges of the koi to defeat any undercuts.


A clean piece of art glass was placed over the top of the entire setup.  In this case, it was Spectrum 96, since that’s what I happen to have lying around.  Then, after a 12 hour drying cycle, it was fired to 1450F and annealed.


This is how it looked when the kiln was opened.  If you’re a fellow koi lover, you know this is a Magoi.


The glass took the shape nicely without cracking.  It separated cleanly and easily.



The model was badly damaged during the firing process and cannot be used again.  However, I have some ideas on how to fix this on the next go-around, so fingers crossed!


Koi 2 Detail

Finally, the piece was finished using a modified verre eglomise technique.  The Koi is finished as a Kohaku – the copper representing its markings.  The water is finished with pigment and areas of silver, but much of the glass was left clear to create a dynamic water scene.

Koi 1



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Mira Woodworth is an award-winning artist whose works span from large installations in public spaces to small collectible works. Her innovative designs have been published in Art Jewelry Magazine, “Sculpture and Design With Recycled Glass” by Cindy Coldiron and “Cast” by Jen Townsend and Rene Zettle-Sterling. Mira’s installations can be found in public spaces such as the Milford Regional Medical Center, the Pechanga Casino and Resort, The Ritz Carlton, and the China World Trade Center. She also writes - a website about helping artists sell their art online.

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