FUSED ART GLASS BY BERNARD WEITZ
Using the techniques of fused glass and lamp working, Bernard Weitz creates colorful, unique wearable art and home decor designs. Bernard dabbled in stained glass. After receiving a kiln for his 40th birthday, he mastered the craft of fused glass.
Fused glass is the art and technique of manipulating pieces of glass to bend and form into shapes inside of a kiln. If you apply heat to glass, it will soften. If you continue to apply heat, the glass will beome more fluid and flow together. Two or more pieces of glass will stick (or fuse) to each other. When the right kind of glass is heated and then cooled properly, the resulting fused glass peice will be solid and unbroken. Starting with the designing of decorative fish and earrings created out of fused glass, he then began experimenting further with lamp working.
Lamp working is a type of glasswork that heats the glass to over 1,500 degrees fahrenheit, melting different textures of glass and tubes of clear and colored glass. Once in a melted state, the glass slumps into a mold. Bernard began making beads and pendants with the process of lamp working. He purchased a larger kiln so he could begin creating bigger pieces including bowls, lampshades, sconces and wall mountings. His skill and creativity have developed through experimentation, intense independent study and various art glass workshops including Snow Mountain craft school.
Bernard's newest creations include detailed mosaic glass lamp shades. He has found that fused and hot glass processes inspire his artistic passion and expression.
The Bernard Weitz art glass gallery includes earrings, bracelets, barrettes, pendants, decorative fish, bowls, lampshades and wall mountings.