How What Why

We love the glitchy, the skewed, the fuddled, the precarious.
In the age of factory-manufactured perfectness,
we celebrate the odd fish;
the curious and funny, the peculiar and queer.
Our war against the mundane and routine has led us to form
WonkyWorks,
created to fight organised sameness.

WonkyWorks is a small independent GlassArt Studio,
having an eclectic collection of Awesomely Handmade Glass Art

including blown glass, kiln-formed glass, etched and engraved glass.
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About Glass and Glass Techniques

The history of creating glass can be traced back to 3500BCE in Mesopotamia. From the 19th century, various types of fancy glass started to become significant branches of the decorative arts. Some of the techniques are blowing, casting, kiln-forming, lamp-working, and cold-working. Objects made out of glass include vessels (bowls, vases, bottles), paperweights, marbles, beads, sculptures, objects, installations, home accessories, and furniture.

Details about various techniques (only for the geeky people, hungry for trivial bits of knowledge) :

Lamp-working is a type of glasswork that uses a gas fuelled torch to melt rods and tubes of clear and coloured glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. Glass is manipulated either by the use of tools, gravity, or by blowing directly into the end of a glass tube. Lamp-working is used to create artwork, including figurines, trinkets, curios, beads scientific instruments, glass animal and botanical models.

In Kiln-forming techniques glass is manipulated, shaped, decorated or formed in a kiln at a range of high temperatures from 593°C to 816°C. Included in this broad category are a variety of techniques such as fusing, slumping, combing, fire polishing and lamination. Paints, wherever used are special glass enamels or gold, platinum stains which are permanently fused into the glass at these temperatures. This is glass painting at its original best. And is fade-proof, wash-proof and wear-resist.

Cold work includes traditional stained glass work & other methods of shaping and designing glass at room temperature. Glass can be cut with diamond or stone wheels, and polished to give gleaming facets; sometimes the design is etched onto glass via the use of acid or abrasives.

Glass casting is the process in which glass objects are cast by directing molten glass into a mold where it solidifies. The technique has been used since Egyptian times. Modern cast glass is formed by a variety of processes such as kiln casting, or casting into sand, graphite or metal molds.

Glassblowing involves inflating the molten glass into a bubble, with a blowpipe. As a technique created in the middle of the last century BCE, glassblowing exploited a working property of glass, inflation, which refers to the expansion of a molten blob of glass by introducing a small amount of air to it. This property is based on the liquid structure of glass where molten glass is viscous enough to be blown and gradually hardens as it loses heat.

Thank you for your patience. We hope to make a glass addict out of you yet :)

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