From left to right: hollow vessel, beaded necklace made from recycled wine bottles, sculpted rose.
Lampworking and glassblowing are two popular hot glass techniques involving melting and manipulating hot glass in a torch flame. Non-traditional enamellers (like me) use a torch to enamel metal, too. Hot glass work is also called flamework and torchwork.
Torch-fired enamels over copper, lampwork beads, and silver wire and findings.
with dichroic inclusions.
Used in jewelry, mosaics, and
Warm glass work is generally considered to mean "anything done with glass in a kiln." This can be fusing, slumping, raking, glass casting, or a combination of several techniques. Since enamels are made from ground glass and minerals, you could even consider traditional enameling on metal to be a warm glass technique. While the maker handles the glass, it's usually cold. The glass is later heated to high temperatures in a kiln to manipulate it. Cold glass + hot glass = warm glass; basic bathtub science!
Glass art is a general term for a variety of amazing techniques. These can be sorted into three groups - cold, warm, and hot. This list is meant to introduce you to some common glass art styles; it's definitely not all-inclusive. If you think I've made a mistake, or you'd like more information, please use the contact form on this website to zip me a note: I'd like to hear from you!
Glass mosaics and stained glass are both considered cold techniques.