White Pate de Verre Vessel
White pate de verre vessel with incised geometric decoration.
Materials and techniques
White pate de verre crushed lead crystal with incised decoration.The original form was modelled in clay, the decoration was incised at this stage. The glass paste consisted of fine granules of 23% lead crystal mixed with gum arabic. Once dry the remaining space in the mould was filled up with refractory mould mixture as dry powder. The mould was fired in an electric top loader kiln to about 800 degrees. Once totally cooled the mould was carefully chipped, scraped and soaked away from the fragile eused glass form. There followed a succession of finishing, refilling and refiring. Finished by hand using diamond files, diamond drills and diapads which I use not only for abrasing the surface but also for polishing it.
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