Welcombe Glass Art - Handmade by Sue Martin

plates and dishes

The dishes and plates generally involve a two stage process in the kiln. Once the glass is cut and stacked in over 2 layers it is placed in the kiln overnight for the FUSING process. Over a period of many hours and once cooled the product is removed from the kiln and is flat. In order to obtain its shape the flat dish is either draped over or in a mould and placed back in the kiln for another session overnight. This can be called the SLUMPING process.
The basic fusing and slumping processes involve about 5 main stages:
1. Heating phase
2. Soaking
3. Rapid cooling
4. Annealing
5. Cool to room temperature

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