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Larry Zgoda's Opus Vitri Fusium

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by Eric last modified Sep 05, 2012

Larry Zgoda, who worked with legendary Modernist Edgar Miller, has created a work of art that combines stained glass, fused glass and mosaic. The composition draws inspiration from Van Gogh’s Starry Night and invites the question: “Is this an original technique?” More after the jump... The technique works like this: tesserae of fusible glasses are initially glued onto a piece of clear base glass and fired to affix them permanently. After the piece has cooled,...




 

 

LZ SG 2012 001aLarry Zgoda, who worked with legendary Modernist Edgar Miller, has created a work of art that combines stained glass, fused glass and mosaic. The composition draws inspiration from Van Gogh’s Starry Night and invites the question: “Is this an original technique?” More after the jump...

The technique works like this: tesserae of fusible glasses are initially glued onto a piece of clear base glass and fired to affix them permanently.  After the piece has cooled, Zgoda “grouts” the mosaic with black glass, powdered frit and fires the piece a second time.  The second firing melts the tesserae, base glass and “grout” into one piece of glass which is permanent and forever impervious to water and weather, unlike the usual glass on glass mosaic technique. The firing leaves each tiny piece of tessera slightly rounded with a lens-like quality. The fused glass pieces are then leaded together into a stained glass panel with confetti, jeweled and other unique glasses Zgoda is known for. The mosaic is manifest in the “witches worm” pattern in the lower two thirds of the work.
  LZ SG 2012 001b

In the tradition of prefixing mosaic techniques with the word, opus; Latin for work (opus tessellatum, opus vermiculatum, opus sectile), Zgoda calls this technique Opus Vitri Fusium.  He invites responses about the novelty and legitimacy of this original mosaic technique.
 
The attached photos illustrate the finished work and a detail of the mosaic. To find out more call Larry Zgoda at 773-463-3970, or to see a selection of Zgoda’s original compositions, visit his website here.

Images via Larry Zgoda Studios



 

 

 
 
 

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