Ruzsa, Alison "Scottish Steps"
"Scottish Steps" by Alison Ruzsa (approx 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"), with signature and year.
Alison Ruzsa began working in glass in 1991. Each of her pieces begins with a small gather of hot glass drawn from the furnace, which is then shaped and cooled down to room temperature in an annealing oven. When the glass has cooled, it’s ready to be painted. Using paints that have been specially formulated to withstand the intense heat of the glass furnace, color is applied to the glass in layers. The glass is also applied in layers.
After the first set of images has been painted, the glass is returned to the annealing oven and slowly brought back up to a working temperature. It is then picked up on the end of a blowpipe, and a fresh gather of hot glass is applied, and carefully shaped so as not to distort the images. The piece is then cooled again in the oven, and is ready for another layer of images. This process is repeated up to five times to create an environment where the clear glass becomes the “space” in the painting. Once the final cooling has been completed, the piece is then often cold worked for weeks; sawing, grinding, sandblasting and engraving are just a few of the things that may eventually be incorporated into the final form of the glass.
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