Here is a piece I have been working on for a while:
The wood came first. It was a great chunk of driftwood, but pretty flat on the back surface. I decided to put it upright and place glass behind it. I really didn’t want to use a bottom base of glass; that has never really worked out looking as good as I envision.
I found another chunk of wood to suit the back and support the piece to stand up. The back of a fused piece turns out a with more of a matte finish. Some glassworkers cold work their pieces, meaning using tools to further shape a piece after it comes out of the kiln. I don’t have equipment for cold work polishing (yet). So back to the kiln. I fused pieces of frothy sea foam.
Some bits of sparkly water on the wood, and the piece is finished. I am considering putting this piece in the show in September, “Art of the Land”, at the Starline Gallery. I’ll keep you posted.