Charlotte Verity
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My work combines precious metals, silver and gold, handmade glass components, faceted stones and recently, vitreous enamels. I blow miniature hollow components; spherical bubbles or straight drops, often from colourless glass tube, and combine these with handmade precious metal elements. More recently I have been using opalescent and transparent coloured glass, and combining multiple colours within the flame to blow miniature glass spheres with a swirling pattern. I also combine kiln fused coloured glass with silver to create solid components. Working with transparent glass allows for the transmission of light, an aesthetic quality that enables objects behind the glass to remain visible, even though sometimes distorted or magnified. I often fill the transparent bubbles or drops with tiny, round, faceted laboratory grown stones, or fuse these stones within the glass. The stones are created under intense heat and can therefore withstand the conditions as the component is returned to the flame or kiln for the subsequent process. I also use mica mineral flakes with fused glass and the vitreous enamels, which gives a scintillating effect to the colours chosen.

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