Carole's glass "Tapestries" are free-formed glass sculptures that capture the look of textiles, complete with delicate fringe-like edges; they are created with cane (glass threads), cut, and then "woven" on the kiln shelf. At least nine layers deep, each sculpture requires a careful arrangement of more than 5,000 threads. Next, the piece is heated slowly to nearly 1500 degrees. In the final phase, when the piece has "struck" and reached the proper color, opacity, and viscosity, it is briefly removed from the kiln and worked into its ultimate shape. The absence of a mold and the very limited time available for shaping (15 seconds or less) ensures that each piece is unique.
Colors: Sonoran red mix, chartreuse, Kelly green, violet purple, amber gold, and clear with clear crush