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Fused & Slumped Bowl
March 2003
Sculpture & Kiln Glass, Sean Mercer
Kent State University

This Klaus Moje inspired bowl is a product of fusing and slumping. Pieces of sheet glass are first fused to create one sheet of glass. The newly formed sheet of glass is then placed on a bowl shaped mold and fired at a low temperature. In the oven, the glass "slumps" into the mod, creating a shallow bowl form.
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Kiln Cast Sculpture
March 2002
Glass 1, Sean Mercer
Kent State University

Inspired by a fallen seed pod, the final sculpture design was first modeled in clay. Next, the clay sculpture was invested in a plaster/silica mold and the clay was removed. The plaster mold was then filled with small particles of glass, called frit, and placed in the oven for firing. While firing, the frit melted, becoming fluid enough to fill the curves and crevices of the mold. After firing, the mold was removed and wire pods were added to reflect the inspiration behind the piece.
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Pate de Verre Bowl
March 2003
Pate de Verre Workshop, Sean Mercer
Kent State University

This bowl was designed to appear as though a pair of hands is holding it. First, the bowl was modeled in clay; a plaster mold was then created by investing the clay bowl in plaster. The Pate de Verre process involves mixing small pieces of glass, called frit, with pigment and glue to create a paste. This paste is then pressed into the plaster mold, the glass and mold are then fired, and the glass particles are then fused together.
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Kiln Cast Sculpture

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