Design to End Product Fused Glass Owl Bowl

1 of 2 owl bowls, after first firing

How does a piece of fused glass take on life?  For me, there are times when I just want to “play” with the materials, and see where it takes me, however, in general I find that if I formulate an image to work toward, the end product is much more satisfying.  There is always a bit of room left over for going with the flow, adding some whimsical embellishments, and letting the piece just speak to me.

Here is an example of a start to finish piece using frits and powders as my design elements.  First, I find an image that inspires me, either a photo or conglomeration of photos or drawings that speak to me.  Then I make a little watercolor image.

Owl Watercolor, 1 of 2

This breaks the image down into some limited colors and values for me to work from.

Next, I choose my glass base colors, in this case an opaline white with a second layer of clear, then use a combination of transparent and opaque frits (ground up fusing glass in a range of sizes, from powders to chunks) to “paint” my design. Here are 2 different owl dishes at different stages of frit application

Owl 1
Owl 2 Frit application, pre fire


I do literally use a paintbrush, but just as a dry brush to move the frit around and push it into place. You can see that one must use one’s imagination to some extent, so having experience with how the glass behaves informs me as to how it will look after firing.

1 of 2 owl bowls, after first firing

Here is how the piece looks a first firing. It is now a 5 inch flat round piece.

The final step is to shape the flat piece of glass into the bowl.  I use a ceramic mold that I set the glass into, then fire it a third time, at a lower temperature, just enough to allow the glass to “relax” into the mold.

Final Firing

I use this 5 inch round dish as a background for both simple designs and frit animal paintings, as pictured here with  more basic design, and my other backyard friends, the flickers.

5 inch bowls
5 inch bowls

Fused and Lampworked Art by Janie Yakovlevitch

I love the relationship of fused and lampworked glass. Lampworked glass, also referred to as flameworked glass, is

Flameworked Bead
Flameworked Bead

created tabletop in a torch, then stabilized, (annealed) in the kiln.

Fused Glass Plate
Fused Glass Plate

Fused glass is created primarily outside the kiln, then worked into its final rendition through single or multiple firings within the kiln, where the artist must understand the science, but leave open to chance, a final outcome.

My work is heavily influenced by the experiential encounters of what is happening around me.  I love my garden! It is an ongoing source of wonder in its constant evolution.  The plants, the birds, the bees, and my darling hens offer a world of inspiration.

I also love the sea, and spend as much time snorkeling and scuba

diving as vacation allows, so sometimes just it is simply the colors I see in the coral that rock

Reef Inspired Bead
My Reef

my world, and sometimes it is the actual animal that dictates the outcome of my work.

Anenome Sconce
Anenome Sconce