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Leaf Bowl

Art Glass Bowl

Created by Rick Melby
The individual leaves are cut from 1/4 inch plate glass using a water-jet cutting machine. This machine can cut glass in shapes unobtainable through standard methods. The leaves are arranged on a kiln shelf and fired to 1500 degrees to fuse the components. After cooling, the entire fused glass blank is sandblasted. After this, the glass is placed in a steel mold in the kiln, and fired very slowly to 1285 degrees. At this point, the glass has completely softened and has slumped into the steel mold. After an long annealing cycle, the bowl is cool enough to come out of the kiln and become yours! Each piece is unique and may vary slightly from that shown.

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