I seem to be obsessed these days with combining different materials with glass as I try to learn how to work with mixing materials. One surprising but very exciting combination was ceramics. Recently I started a ceramics class at Alissa Clark’s Clayworks and one day had this gestalt about what might look cool.
My next visit to her studio, I made a ceramics plate leaving the center unglazed where I would later add the glass. For some reason I had thought that the glass would stick to the ceramics if I left the ceramics unglazed. Why did I think this? For kiln shelves and ceramic molds, if you don’t prime them, your glass will stick. Right? After getting back the fired and glazed ceramics plate, I added my inset of glass and fired the piece to 1200 degrees F. It didn’t stick. Hmm.
My husband likes it better this way as it is easier to clean the glass. Positive thinking! I had posted a question to a glass group on Facebook asking about combining glass and ceramics and several responded that it would work but would probably not be food safe as the glass would potentially crack. In hindsight, perhaps they were thinking I would fire this hotter.
I guess this experiment needs more testing. Alissa has offered to fire a piece in one of her ceramics kilns and take the combo of ceramics and glass up to a higher temperature than my glass kiln will fire. I will let you know how this experiment turns out.
For now, I will just enjoy this piece I made as I really like the black and white combo of glass and ceramics!