The hot state combination of glass and ceramics in artistic studio practice

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In 2009, Jessamy Kelly completed her practice-led PhD at the University of Sunderland which investigated the feasibility of combining glass and ceramics in a hot state in studio practice. She will present the results of her research at the GLASSAC 2011 Conference.

The starting point for this research project was to develop a model for others in the field that would expand the creative potential of combining glass and ceramics in studio practice. Glass and ceramics are generally viewed by craft practitioners as two separate disciplines, which are rarely combined in studio practice as most practitioners prefer to focus on just one discipline. A small number of artists have been found that work in both glass and ceramics, however, it became apparent that their results were not always successful as incompatibility in the materials surfaces were visible in the form of stresses and cracks. The majority of artists who combine glass and ceramics do so in a cold state to avoid these compatibility issues. It was also evident that glass and ceramics were not often combined in studio practice, which was indicated by the scarcity of artworks that combine glass and ceramics, only forty-three artists were found that work or have worked in both materials. Before this research project was carried out, there were significant gaps in the existing knowledge, understanding and practice of combining glass and ceramics in a hot state within studio practice. It was also evident that there was little literature directly related to the hot state combination of glass and ceramics. Problems relating to definition and theory, as well as practical processing techniques; demonstrated a need to enhance studio practice within this specialist field. The main practical disadvantages associated with the combined processing of glass and ceramics in a hot state, are:
• The structural differences of glass and ceramics related to their varying rates of expansion which creates incompatibility, in the form of excessive cracks/stresses in the combined body.
• The difficulty of controlling the process of partial conversion of either material into the other which would involve high refractory temperatures and specialised equipment.

It was established that many artists avoid these issues by combining the two materials in a cold state by gluing or juxtaposing them to create a perceived fit. It was the goal of this research project to address and challenge this way of working by purposefully combining the two materials in a hot state and by making technical and visual improvements, in order to aid new insights into this artistic approach.

In summary, this paper will introduce the creative possibilities of the hot state combination of glass and ceramics in studio practice. It will discuss the research that has been carried out as well as future research, which has since developed from this project. This paper will show that the hot state combination of glass and ceramics is an active subject of interest within the field of studio glass and ceramics with further research possibilities to be studied. The future of combining glass and ceramics in studio practice can be further advanced and made accessible to wider audiences, thus improving creativity and promoting knowledge transfer within and beyond the field. Additionally, the wide reaching range of benefits that others in the field may find interesting and of benefit to their practice will be set out, which could be extended to wider audiences such as designers, architects and suppliers who may be interested in this new material that combines both glass and ceramics in a hot state to create unique visual qualities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages27-31
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2011
EventGLASSAC11: Glass Science in Art and Conservation - Wuerzburg Germany, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 May 201112 May 2011

Conference

ConferenceGLASSAC11: Glass Science in Art and Conservation
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityWuerzburg Germany
Period10/05/1112/05/11

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • glass
  • art & science
  • design
  • conservation
  • technooloies

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