Where it all begins…

The “Cliff Notes” version of creating the platter shown at right:

Individual elements are created from transparent and opalescent sheet glass, stringer glass and glass rods. Individually cut by hand and arranged precisely on a clear round of glass; the composition is carefully moved to the kiln. The work is fired for about 20 hours and all the individual pieces fuse into one solid piece of glass.

At this point, the platter is a big flat disc. To give it form, it goes back in the kiln, this time balanced on a clay mold. Firing at a lower temperature, but for a still lengthy time, it sags into the mold.