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Tabitha Tansey

I use an unusual technique called pâté de verre (literally, glass paste) to produce exquisite pieces which have texture, form and multiple hues.  Rock formations, minerals and naturally eroded forms form the inspiration behind my work

Pâté de verre is an ancient process using small pieces of glass called frit. These range in size from small lumps to powder. I mix the frit into a paste with a binding agent and then carefully and slowly pack it into a plaster mould. Once it has been heated in my kiln using precise firing temperatures, the glass pieces become fused together.
I enjoy combining turned fine wood with my Pate de Verre glass.  I use a variety of wood including Black American Walnut, Spalted Beech and Rosewood, which I turn and polish on a lathe until a fine surface finish is achieved.  The wood and glass is combined using chemical bonding methods to create individual unique pieces.

My work can be found in several galleries throughout the country, for more information about these galleries and any future events or exhibitions please look at my website or contact me directly.

 
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