One of the challenges when working with glass fused in the kiln is to give the glass a three dimensional shape. This can be achieved using bisque moulds, but I prefer to use other methods to give my sculptured pieces a more unique and organic look. I also use casting techniques, building my sculptures in clay or with a 3-D printer, then making a plaster mould, fusing glass billets on to it. A long process, but a rewarding one.
I also love sculpting glass, building three dimensional pieces that have an organic feel. I have been building a collection of insect inspired pieces. My pieces do not necessarily aim at representing insects in detail, but they capture what for me is the essence of a particular species. Therefore, the pieces are often abstract, but an entomologist should be able to guess the name of the species or group of insects that is represented.
My pieces are made with different forms of glass (sheet, powder and frits), some are fused several times to achieve depth and texture, others use 3-D printing and casting techniques. Lately I have been making nudibranchs (sea slugs). When I used to dive in the mediterranean, I used to love finding these small and graceful creatures. The glass sea slugs require manipulation of the glass at high temperature to achieve three dimensional shapes, an exciting and rewarding technique.
The price of my pieces vary depending on size, materials, numbers of firings and complexity.