Recently Portland has been enjoying some remarkably foggy days (well, until the insufferable bout of sunshine this week). Personally, I love what mist does to the landscape.
The trees from our deck become altogether different souls than the crisp, mossy green beings they are on most days.
In the years when I had my own studio and actually did a lot of kilnforming myself, I longed for this kind of glass. I’d occasionally find it in a Fischer opal or opak – those mouth-blown sheets of exquisite German glass in which a thin layer of white was flashed over a rich colorful base to give a muted hint of color from one side.
Sadly when kiln-fired, the incompatible layers would crackle and craze apart.
Well, gee. While I wasn’t looking Bullseye’s master magician (aka Sam) was brewing up a new glass called Opaline (aka 000403) that – among various uses – can be fired over other opals to mute their coloration.
Excuse the quickie photo: these are a few sample bowls I spotted at the RC last weekend: Opaline layer fused over solid opal blank, then slumped in an 8 in. Cone Bowl mold. Simple. Elegant. Like Sam.
Of course, Opaline can also be used on its own. The 1-1/4″ thick block below was made by stacking and firing (dammed, of course) 3mm strips of Opaline in decreasing proportions to strips of Clear. The right side of the block is thus made up of ten layers of Opaline and the far left end made of ten layers of Clear.
Or vice versa. No matter how you look at it, it’s a glass just made for those of us who love a little mist-ery in our lives (sorry, dreadful, I know). Almost makes me want to quit whining about the economy and head back to the studio….or to the Highlands…