do I make this?
Each is made piece
entirely by hand, by me, from glass and precious materials
which are fused together in the intense heat of a kiln. I
begin with a variety of different types of glass ranging from
exotic dichroic (with it’s fantastic light reflecting qualities)
to sheets of plain clear or black glass. Further steps include
cutting, grinding, etching, layering colors, inlay of precious
metals (14K gold, nichrome, sterling, copper, 24K gold), application
of pure precious metal over glazes, painting on an exclusive
(my invention) mineral based colors which are reverse fired
inside the glass, engraving and finally, many pieces are multi-fired
at different temperatures. Followed by further cleaning, and
wire work using anodized colored wires or precious metals
to finish. Overall each piece goes through approximately 12-20
steps. Each piece is unique. All work and designs are
strictly my own!
is Dichroic Glass?
Dichroic glass is
the most precious of all glass and the most contemporary.
It was predominately invented and used by NASA with applications
to the space program. Eventually, artists began to discover
it’s phenomenal luminance and color properties.
To appreciate the qualities of Dichroic glass it is important
to know that within one piece of glass there are three completely
different colors. First, the reflected color or, as it looks
on black. Second, the transmitted color that is
viewed by holding the piece up to the light and looking through
it and the third termed the off axis color is viewed by holding
the glass at a 45 degree angle.
The process for making Dichroic glass is very extensive and
expensive. It involves depositing multiple micro-thin layers
of vaporized precious and exotic materials via electron beam
in a pure environment (vacuum chamber) onto glass. The result
is Dichroic filtration which produces pure saturated color
from the visible spectrum.
As an artist I am completely intrigued and challenged by the
medium. It is wonderful with it’s pure brilliant colors and
a bit unpredictable when exposed to high heat, every each
has it’s own unique qualities and personality to be utilized
After firing inside the Kiln..
Serena (I. T.)
Take a tour!
Coatings By Sanberg
see how the dichroic coating process is done
by the BEST dichroic coaters in the world!
(I think anyway!)
Hit the link below
Studio support crew!
Milo - Supervisor
Serena - Quality control