Art in the Village
The glass blowing studio at Village Glass Works is a complete small project glass blowing facility. The glory hole, 16-pound Evenheat crucible kiln, annealer, and the punte/blowpipe preheating chamber are energized by electricity and propane. The glory hole's size allows a paperweight, ornament, drinking glass, and other items of similar size to be created using the existing equipment.
VGW Glass Blowing Studio uses 90 COE clear glass in a 16-pound electric Evenheat crucible kiln. Carefully chosen colors from Bullseye and Uroborus fine, medium, and coarse frit combined with confetti create the colored design elements within the blown glass creations.
VGW has been glass fusing since 1982 and now with excellence and knowledge continues to grow with the second generation. Debra was one of the first in the state of Michigan that learned the art of glass fusing from Don Ainsworth of Roseville, Michigan. Ainsworth had just returned from Portland where the first class was offered to small studio artists and craftsmen.
Classes, reading, and experiential learning have proven to be a good teacher to the VGW VanTol glass fusing artists. Debra taught for Gil Reynolds at Hot Glass Horizons in Portland, Oregon and Corning New York for nearly a decade. VGW fuses with Bullseye and Uroborus 90COE.
Stained glass is the process of creating a picture of glass pieces that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Each piece has a metal matrix that holds it in place.
First, a pattern is drawn to scale and two copies are made. One pattern is used to work over and the other is cut apart used as a pattern for cutting the glass with triple bladed pattern shears. Colors of glass are then selected.
The next step is to cut the glass the exact same size as the pattern pieces. Are you human? Yes... the exact same size is nearly impossible to do accurately, especially as a beginner. The use of grinder helps to trim the glass to closer accuracy.
Once all the glass pieces are cut, they are either copper foiled or put into an "I" shaped lead channel. Either way, the metal is soldered to hold all the glass together. Then the piece is cleaned thoroughly and ready to be installed.