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Photographing the glass turned out to be one of the more difficult things to do.

I wanted to show off the subtleties of each piece of glass without the distracting reflections (usually of me and the camera!).

These are some of my early attempts...

After a bit of rooting around on the internet I came up with this set up - effectively a backlit light box - a piece of white fabric stretched over a window surrounded by matt cream card. The gentle backlight from the window works brilliantly, but I found I needed a little extra flash from the front (softened through another piece of fabric) to bring out the detail in the wire.

So, what am I trying to show?

Apart from depicting the pure colours of the glass, which perhaps you could imagine, I want to give a sense of how smooth and tactile the glass is and how it has a wonderful undulating surface where the coloured pieces of glass have melted on top.

The back surface is flat and slightly textured because of the flat base that it sits on when fusing.

The bright copper wire reacts in the heat of the kiln - producing trapped bubbles and turning shades of deep red.

Fused Glass Details

*Edit 20th August 2016 - I have just made a video of a piece of fused glass to see if this better illustrates what it really looks like. I'd love to know what you think... This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.