In the Mix: Glass and Ceramics: Technical Issues

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As an undergraduate student, I was always told that glass and ceramics could not
be combined in a hot state and that I should not waste my time trying to make
them mix; it just would not work. Many glass students have received this same
message at some point in their education. At the time I did not like hearing this
information, but relented and decided that perhaps gluing them together was a good option. This got me an effective quick fix, but a few years later I decided I wanted more. I applied some perseverance to this challenging question: how do I mix these two difficult materials in a hot state? My doctoral research managed to answer this question and turn the first statement on its head - glass and ceramics can indeed be combined in a hot state. I completed my practice-based PhD at the University of Sunderland in 2009. Through my research I successfully
combined glass and ceramics in a hot state, resulting in the creation of a unique
series of blown and cast artworks that fused the two mediums into one. The
opportunity to re-write glass and ceramics history was quite a coup – although if
anyone had seen my earlier testing they would have thought I was quite mad, and
indeed possibly wasting my time, as most of the samples cracked at the beginning. Until I found my secret ingredient – quartz added to bone china. In this article, I will talk about my research, my search for materials that would aid my testing and the artworks that were created. I will also talk about the scientific, historical and contemporary context that inspired and guided me through this process.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationGlass Art Society Newsletter
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2013

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • glass
  • ceramics
  • combination
  • hot state
  • studio
  • design
  • compatibility
  • material science


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