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Pâte de verre

Pâte de verre is a technique in which a form is fashioned with clay, which is used as the basis for a plaster mold. Glass powder is mixed with a special kind of paste, and the mixture put into this plaster mold and fired. The heat causes the glass to melt and take on the form of the mold. Then it is slowly cooled and removed from the mold, and it’s finished.

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Fine bubbles penetrate the entirety of the glass so that it becomes translucent and produces a unique pale glow.

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How to make parte de verre glass

  1. (1) Shape clay into the form you want
  2. (2) Make a plaster mold around this shape
  3. (3) Remove the clay from the mold and put in grains of glass in its place, then heat it in an electric furnace
  4. (4) After it cools, remove the mold, and it's finished!
  • "What Are Traditional Crafts? -A Guidebook to Seeing, Learning, and Enjoying-" Edited by the Japan Kogei Association Eastern Branch. Published by Unsodo / List of works English translation: Kazuko Todate (Art critic / Art historian)

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