Three Dimensional Visions | GlassBlowingHouston

Unique Glass Art, Wall Installations, and Lighting

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  • Create your special space with our glass art
  • Unique glass art, lighting, wall installations, and handcrafted giftware are available
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  • Purchase from our Studio Showroom during business hours
  • Shop in our Glass Art Gallery by appointment

HOST DISTINCTIVE EVENTS

Our Glass Art Gallery offers another unique venue for small to medium gatherings.  Please contact us if you are interested in hosting your special occasion with us.

OUTDOOR ART MARKETS

We will be holding a series of Outdoor Markets during 2021.  If you are an artist please see our Book Now page to reserve your space.  If you are a collector or glass enthusiast please add our market dates to your calendar.

Glass is such a wonderful material to work with to make art.  There is nothing else like it! You can create glass art by blowing, kiln-casting, fusing, slumping pate-de-verre, flame-working, hot sculpting and cold-working.  In doing that you can change how it looks, the colors, patterns, textures, and reflective properties.  Let me explain, on a high level, what that really means.

There are three main categories of glass art called cold, warm, and hot glass. Every piece of glass art made falls into one of these three categories. 

Cold glass techniques include cutting, grinding, polishing, engraving, sandblasting, and etching.  Etching can involve applying acid or blasting abrasive material on the surface of the glass to change its texture and appearance.  Cold working glass techniques involve no real heat.  A cold glass artist might construct sculptural pieces by laminating (with high technology glues) or soldering multiple pieces of glass together.  The shapes of the glass can then be changed by cutting, grinding, and polishing using cold working machinery made for just this purpose. Some of this work can be done by hand but typically it is more effective to use cold working machinery such as diamond saws, flat lap wheels, vertical belt sanders, engravers, and lathes.  Stain glass is made by taking mostly sheet glass cutting it (perhaps also grinding and polishing it) into the appropriate shape for your pattern and then joining it together with soldering techniques. All of these cold glass techniques are done at room temperature.  

Warm glass techniques includes fusing, slumping, kiln-casting, and pate-de-verre. Fusing is about taking two or more pieces of glass and heating them until they join together making a single piece.  Slumping involves manipulating the shape of the glass so that it takes on the shape of the object on which it sits.  Kiln-casting is the process of creating a glass form by heating glass and allowing it to vertically flow into the void of a refractory mold located below the flow.  Pate-de-verre is a kiln-casting method that uses glass granules (frit) and makes them into a paste using a binder and then applying that paste to an inner surface of a mold.  Warm glass techniques require a kiln, these come in various sizes and prices depending on the needs of the artist.

Lampworking is a hot glass technique that involves a torch to melt the glass which can then be shaped or formed into different forms.  Beads, goblets, pipes, complicated and delicate figures, and ornaments are typically pieces that can be made using this technique.

Hot glass work involves molten glass with a temperature above 2000 degrees contained in a furnace.  This hot viscous glass can be blown, sculpted, and cast into various forms creating sculptureshand blown bowlsvases, goblets and ornaments.  Hot glass requires the most costly setup which includes furnaces, pipe warmers, glory holes, garages, annealers and the electronics to control them.

So you can work with glass in the solid state to make cold worked pieces, fused pieces, stained glass, slumped pieces, pate-de-verre, and lamp worked pieces.  In the hot state when it is liquid you can lead it into a dance to form the shapes and forms that you desire, based on your proficiency.  Why is this possible?  Because glass is a rigid liquid.  A different state of matter than any other material.