Ernest Porcelli has been working with glass for over 30 years which is clear from the intricacy of his pieces and the skill it takes to work with glass. Ernest makes a range of things with his glass knowledge, everything from doors to windows to plates and platters! His range of knowledge is impressive.
Much of his works consists of fusing glass, like the plate seen below. Fusing glass is done by taking small square rods or thin strips of glass and arranging them into
the eye-catching patterns and colors of his choosing.
The piece is then put in the kiln where it is fused during a process called ramping, in which the artist rapidly raises the temperature in the kiln. Then he "soaks" the piece, which is when the artist allows the glass to stay at a consistent temperature within the kiln. To finish it is allowed to slowly cool, a process called annealing. This last process reduces the chance of the piece breaking.
Stop by Harvest Gold Gallery to see Ernest's work in person, or visit our online store and check it out!