We often get asked about the bubbles that appear in our fused glass art, popping up around details and scattering across the surface. Are they meant to be there? Do they happen in the kiln intentionally, or are they a fault in the process? Well, bubbles form naturally as a part of the process of fusing two panels of glass together, which is how every one of our bespoke glass pieces is created, no matter how big or small. The air that doesn’t get squeezed out by the heat is pushed inwards, and gets trapped between the layers as the glass is fused together. The result is of course as you see in all of our pieces; bubbles of varying shapes and sizes.
They’re certainly not a fault, nor are they a problem. In fact, we’d argue that the bubbles are just one of many things that help fused glass art stand out as a truly unique medium. The glass often takes on a three dimensional quality when bubbles are involved, with a real tactile texture that you can reach out and touch, and they sit within the layers to add a depth to the glass you wouldn’t get with any other art form. What’s more, since bubbles always form differently every time, they help make your own personal piece truly one-of-a-kind.
We embrace the bubbles here at The House of Ugly Fish, and there are actually a few specialised enamels and materials that we put in the glass to create bubbles intentionally. After all, what would look better for an aquatic sea-themed piece than a handful of bubbles swirling around a school of fish shimmering from the rays of sunlight above?
If you’ve got a design in mind where bubbles would look perfect, or even if you’re just curious about the work that we do, why not get in touch? We’d love to create the perfect piece of fused glass art for you, and our full contact details can be found right here on our website. We’re always looking forward to hearing from you.