This week I had a little lull that is typical of commission work. I have an installation scheduled for this afternoon and was waiting for final approval on the details of a new commission. So I started working on an idea that has been bouncing around in my head. I've been wanting to create some different fused art glass pieces and also weld some steel stands to hold them. I found a process that creates a really lovely glass flow by working with fused elements that are built in a separate firing. Because I don't have a tile saw (yet! Christmas is coming!), I had to do some clever cutting and arranging to create little layered blocks. Those got fired again at 1500 degrees where they smoothed down into a funky little rectangle. Yesterday I got to work creating the stand. In the photo above, everything is still clamped in place as I finished welding the stand onto a base. (I put my welding shield in the photo just because it matched!) This piece is still a work in progress; in addition to not having a tile saw, I don't have a belt sander and I need to do some "cold working" of the glass to finish it. But all in all, I'm happy with the way it's coming out. In the mean time, if any of you have a belt sander, give me a holler!