Anne Cotton’s fused glass Art
I live in a small village outside of Milton Keynes, with my husband and 3 sons. I started my adventure into glass by accident, my husband brought me a pottery course, which I couldn’t attend, so I swapped it for a full day course making fused glass…… and that was it!! I was hooked and couldn’t wait to do another course. I still go to classes, there is always something new to learn about or try.
I was given a mini microwave kiln for Christmas 2018 and started making glass art and jewellery at home. I did my first Christmas craft fair in 2019 and was delighted when people brought my art! In Christmas 2020 I started my facebook page, which proved to be popular, which is why this website has come about.
I love glass, the massive array of colours and effects that you can achieve, the way it sparkles in the light and the way the colours come to life when the light shines through it! I love the thrill of opening the kiln to see what magic has taken place inside. It is not unusual to see me running down the garden in my PJ’s because I can’t wait to see whether things have come out how I expect them to. I love being outside and seeing the changing seasons, flowers and nature. This is often my inspiration for the things I make.
About fused glass
Fused glass art (or kiln formed glass) is an amazing mix of science and art. Glass can be cut to shape, broken into grains of frit or powder or made into paint, these can then be layered together then heated in a kiln to form beautiful pictures or sculptural shapes. The temperature that you heat the glass to, will dictate the effect that you get. The hotter you go, the smoother the texture, ranging from flat and glossy to textured and sparkly, different micas and inclusions can be added for extra interest. Once the glass has been fused together it can be slumped or draped into shape.
Not only can you make beautiful, stand alone art, but you can also make jewellery and practical items like bowls and coasters into works of art too.
I normally use a specialist fusing glass, bullseye. The glass is heated and cooled at specific rates to make it strong and stable, which can sometimes take more than 24 hours. Many of my pieces will go in the kiln several times.