|Elizabeth hand-painting a piece for firing. Minerals and metals ground together with clear glass create the richly detailed colors when fired. For example, painting with gold produces a rich rose red color, while silver salts produce golden yellow.|
Most of the stained glass seen today is made very simply by soldering together pieces of colored glass to make patterns. The methods used by Elizabeth allows her to create pieces with fine detail and textures.
Elizabeth specializes in a method of glass painting dating back to the heyday of stained glass in the Middle Ages. She uses only the finest quality blown and antique glass, and hand paints layers of powdered glass ground with minerals and metals such as gold and silver to produce highly detailed figures. It is this dimension that elevates stained glass work from the domain of craft to level of fine art. Unfortunately, only a handful of artists around the world practice this method today. Elizabeth is a well-respected practitioner of this treasured art form.
|Each color layer must be fired seperately at a precise temperature. Some pieces can require up to 40 firings to achieve the desired result. Elizabeth uses a computer-controlled kiln specially designed for this purpose.|
Glass painting produces outstanding results in the hands of a skilled artist, but is painstakingly difficult and time-consuming. Each color must be painted on and fired seperately in a kiln . Each color must be fired within a very narrow temperature range, so specialized equipment is also required.
Elizabeth has mastered the intricacies of glass painting methods, and is an innovator in this area. Her knowledge of minerology and glass making has enabled her to reproduce colors and textures that have been lost to artists for hundreds of years.