My friend rebuilt her entire kitchen….starting by pushing down the interior walls.  It was a HUMUNGOUS JOB.  Regardless of the mess, the inconvenience and the cost, down came the walls, out went the stove and everything.  The entire plan was to keep it elegant and simple with an enormous shiny redgum bench as the feature.

 This is where I came in and made a woven fruit platter to match.  This is the ruby and cherry red art glass, (must make sure that I used the Cherry red and not the ruby – the cherry is a gorgeous colour)!

The first thing was to purchase the colours that she ordered.  Cherry Red and Grape and loads of clear which I cut into strips the old fashioned way. 

 Here is the almost finished stack of glass used in this 40cm x 40cm platter.  We fused some samplers to ascertain which firing schedule was best for the result we wanted…….

The strips were carefully lined up in the kiln.

Here it is before the kiln is turned on.  It goes into the kiln for a full fuse, but a soft full fuse so that we could see the dimensions between the layers.

Close up then wide shot between the full fuse and the slump.

Then, I prepared the mold after carefully washing and drying the work.  Here’s the mold.

Gently taking the kiln only up to 677 degrees the glass was placed on top of the mold and here is the final result. 

I’m trying to take a new style of picture of my glass art….here are a couple of examples.  We had such fun taking these. 

I think showing people in pictures like this shows you more realistically the size, shape and colour of the work.  I’m now working on one that features two transparent mid blue stripes and one almond strip. 

And my favourite.

that’s the story of our new cherry red and grape woven fruit bowl…I do hope you like it.

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