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project: Mirror in Fused Glass

art glass mosaic by Tuck Contreras (e-copyright 2010)

Mirror in Fused Glass. Hand-cut and fused art glass set in adhesive caulk; 5 x 4 ft. (mirror dimensions).

In past centuries, decorative frames for glass mirrors were made of silver, ivory, tortoise-shell, elaborately-carved wood, and majolica (popular in the 19th century), while inexpensive or worn frames were sometimes veneered with expensive woods, or covered in needlework or beeds.

Tuck’s modern frame for a large wall mirror (built in to the woodwork mantelpiece and fireplace façade in the living-room of Sandy MacNab’s home in Oregon’s The Dalles) plays glass off of glass for a dramatic three-dimensional effect.

This is Tuck’s first artwork to use fused glass (created when two or more pieces of glass are placed in a kiln and heated until they fuse together into a single piece). Unlike stained glass, fused glass has no “lead lines” to design around, and dimension can be added to flat glass without having to cut and assemble hundreds of smaller pieces.

Tuck created the fusions for this decorative mirror frame using hand-cut pieces of specialty iridescent glass, and since she didn’t at the time own her own glass kiln, had the pieces fired by a “really good” local glass blower, Andy Nichols of Nichols Art Glass (The Dalles, OR). Tuck credits Andy with inspiring her first experiments with fused glass.

detail from an art glass mosaic by Tuck Contreras (e-copyright 2010)

Close-up view of the lower-left corner of the mirror frame. The glass was glued on to the mirror with clear adhesive caulk and grouted with black adhesive caulk.

detail from an art glass mosaic by Tuck Contreras (e-copyright 2010)

Close-up view of the lower-right corner of the mirror frame.

Mirror in Fused Glass was commissioned, along with Tuck’s Sunflower in Glass, by interior designer Cheryl Rivera, and was completed in March 2010.

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