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