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Sunset Perch by lisaluera Sunset Perch by lisaluera
November 2007

This is fused glass. I call this technique glass carving. It's not really carved but it ends up getting that look to it. The piece has been slumped over layers of fiber paper to make the image of the bird.

This glass has an iridized surface, so when the light hits it from the front it actually reflects several colors which look like a sunset. This picture is backlit so it is showing the actual color of the transparent glass, which also shows the detail of the bird a little better.

Glass is so incredibly hard to photograph. My normal background was too dark and you couldn't see the detail so I had to make do with white sheets. This picture does not do the piece justice. It's so much better in person

19 inch circle

Alternate view of the iridized surface: [link]
Detail view of the body: [link]
Detail view of the head: [link]
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GrayFoxGreen Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your artwork is wonderful!
Do U have any pieces like this for sale?
Send me a note of U have a catalog..
LTR,
GFG
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
Sorry I took so long to reply. I've been busy with a new baby and a new job. This piece is for sale in a gallery in south Texas.

If you are still interested, here is their contact information. Tell them the name of the piece and the artist and they can give you more details (I don't remember off the top of my head how much it costs.) They have shipped some of my work in the past.

Latitude 2802 Restaurant & Art Gallery
105 N. Austin St.
Rockport, Texas
Phone:361-727-9009
E-mail: latitudehost@gmail.com

Here's another view of it sitting in the gallery in the stand I had made for it. [link]
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic - reminds me of Art Nouveau glass-work.
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Thanks. I haven't seen a lot of Art Nouveau work, but people keep telling me that my newer pieces remind them of it. I think I need to do some research to further my inspiration! :)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you'd love it. Especially the French designer Lalique I think would be right down to your taste.
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Oh even better! Someone specific to go check out. Thank you!
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willofthewisp Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
Grand what one can do with a kiln isn't it.
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is a fascinating piece. I've been very curious about glasswork recently, and reading your description has pointed me in a whole new research direction. The detail on the bird is exquisite, and the colors make for a beautiful compliment. It's got a great Everglades feel to it. Well done.
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Thank you! This is a really fun technique and produces some pretty dramatic results. It's quickly becoming one of my favorites. So have you done any glass fusing before?
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! I haven't done any glass fusing yet, so I've been reading like mad and planning to take a class next month. This technique is something I had never seen before, and it's just too cool.
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
You will love glass fusing. A class is the way to go... that way you can try it out and see if you like it without the up front expense of the kiln and a bunch of glass.
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No doubt! I'm very excited about it.
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jakepog Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
I've just brieflychecked out the stands folks,thanks for the link,pretty competent joint,obviously specializing in accomodating seramics and glass workers.They're a slightly different species from my craft,the fabricators-they primarily add and subtract given stock,wether i deform it plastically,changing the shape and volume(and leaving ghastly hammered and oxidised texture,that i love so...).Each has their strong and week points.Theirs definitely are the speed and efficiency,as well as the very smooth finish,and also the plain,simple lines,that are so much less likely to detract from the piece they're supporting.But if you ever are working on something that may benefit from lumpy and irregular forged iron texture,you might consider looking up a blacksmith in your neighborhood-i think there's a tremendous potential there.Thanks again,Jake.
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
Yes, the stand place is definitely a nice set of people. They are located just a couple of hours from where I live so shipping is very fast. The business started because a glass artist was frustrated that there were really not any decent ways to display her fused glass. She started designing her own stands and I think the business took off from there. I would definitely not put them in the league of craftsmen like yourself. They are just filling a very much needed niche out there. I do know that they powder coat all of their stands once they finish making them, so they have a very matte surface to them. They are very willing to work with customers and create custom stands.

For now, the clean lines are what I have been looking for because like you said, I didn't want to detract from the glass, but I think that talking with a blacksmith and making some collaborations could be a really cool endeavor!
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jakepog Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
Great,sounds like a neat success story.Very glad that you have an access to a resourse so appropriate.For a blacksmith,beside the aesthetic challenges,the technicalities of mounting alone would pose a serious issue,especially with work as fine and unique as yours.I am immensely impressed with your skill,amazing ,the fire-trades are just something else...
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
I think the right peice would be really cool with an hand made piece from a blacksmith. If it was easier... I could let them do their part first and then make the glass once I knew exact dimensions for fit.

Fire trades... I hadn't heard that term before - I like it! :)
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jakepog Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
Hey,just start forging iron,and you'll have all 3 of the fire trades down-imagine the versatility of your shop!But short of that,texas has many very talented blacksmiths working,more,for some reason,than many other places.If you could find an excuse to journey to some of the shops,to see an amazing variety of textures and finishes,i think you'd find it very productive,in many respects.
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
I actually would LOVE to learn! I'm a pyro at heart. I have seen blacksmiths several times through the years at the state fair, etc. I love watching them. It's typically my friends/husband/parents pulling me away because they've gotten bored with the demo and are ready to move on. I want to go pick up some tools and play! :)
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jakepog Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
Wonderfull work,thanks for a glimpse into such an iteresting craft.I was also intrigued by your mention of a wrought iron stand-do you work iron yourself,or collaborate with someone else?And if so,on what basis,do you just commission the work done to your design?Hope i'm not being indiscreet,and also please feel free to disregard,if your time does not allow for basicly frivolous questions like these.Frankly,i'm interested in all this because i've worked with a glassworker once before,and really enjoyed not only the result,but,to be honest,a freedom from torchure not only by design,but also by the nessecity of dealing with a client or a gallery.Respectfully,Jake.
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
Thank you for the compliment!

I love for people to stop and ask questions. That's part of the reason why I'm here on DA - to have conversations about art. Conversations that the normal world just isn't interested in.

So... the stand is a very basic stand. It's definitely not up to your standards, but it sets off the glass really well. Instead of a decorative piece that people ask, "What is it for?" it seems to give it a purpose when it is displayed in it's own stand (and not just an easel or plate stand). I found them from a website online. [link] This is a link to what the stand will look like. They are making me one that is custom to the size of my glass.

That's cool that you worked with a glass worker... was it a glass blower or did they do kiln formed glass like this? Did you do collaboration type work or was it more working with them to make stands? Do you have any pictures of the work? I would love to see it.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, I really appreciate it!
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jakepog Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
Lisa,i'm sorry,but at the moment i don't have access to the photos of that job,will soon,and make sure to holler when i do.(By the way i can really relate to your plight as to the difficulty of photographing work-iron is also hopelessly tricky,that's why i have someone else do it,and don't have it now).The job involved a round stainedglass window,in a custom sauna door,and my part was to make long,nearly full width strap hinges,to kind of envelop it,without competing with it visually,or making the whole too busy.I only aspire to be as good a craftsman as i can,and gladly take a back seat in artistic direction.Apparently,there's some amazing potential in slumping glass directly within an iron grill-work ,i've never seen myself.As well,i'm sure,as a million different ways that glass and iron can work together.14-15th century French exterior doors were neat-colored glass backed by an iron grill,light and security,were very neat,but the sky's the limit...
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
That's ok... I will love to see it if you ever gert a chance to photograph it. Your stained glass window sounds like it was really cool!

The possibilities with glass are almost endless! I'm sure slumping directly on iron grill work would be beautiful. Too bad you don't live closer, or we could just throw one in the kiln and try it out! :)
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jakepog Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
You know,it was-a simple celtic knot design,looked neat on the stout little timber-frame sauna.
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:iconlisaluera:
lisaluera Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
Ohh, now it sounds even cooler. I love carving celtic knots in my pumpkins: [link]
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suedollin Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glass and colour were just meant for each other.
Wow.
So so clever!
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
Thank you. :)
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:iconduckofdeath:
DuckOfDeath Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007
Beautiful piece :)

Do you sell your work?
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
Thank you. I do sell my work. Some pieces I sell myself, but this piece actually just went to a gallery down in Rockport, TX. So I couldn't actually sell this one to you, you would have to buy it through the gallery. This is their website if you are interested. [link] You will have to click on List of Artists in the nav bar, and then go to the third page of artists and look for Lisa Luera. They mostly have my glass posted online. They have about 25 of my pots though, too.
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DuckOfDeath Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
Hmm. Their site needs some work. It only found six of your pieces, all glass. No pottery, at all. And it has no dimensions for the Sunset Perch piece. I also got a much better look at it here than I did there. Their "enlarged view" isn't enlarged by much. Maybe you could get them to include a link to your gallery here? Just some feedback you can use if you're going to be talking to them.
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
They are mostly a local gallery. She just posts a few of each artist's pieces online. I doubt many of her sales are from the website... they are mainly a way of giving an idea what is in the gallery so they will come visit. She just got my stuff for the first time this weekend, so she is still working out the kinks of getting everything online. she has one of my pots online... It's actually the tall one shown on the nav bar. I think she keeps her enlarged views small because she doesn't have as much web space.

Sunset Perch is a 19 inch circle. What you don't see in the pictures is that it has a custom stand made for it that will display it about 3 or 4 inches above the table. It's wrought iron and is in a half circle holding the glass with 2 "legs" and a flat rectangle base.
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
Thank you! I actually fired it twice because I wasn't happy with the level of detail on the first firing.
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kmaier99 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
This is beautiful...it should be widely recognized. I love it...
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
Thank you for the wonderful comment and thank you for faving it.
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mikewilsonuk Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
Stunning! The colours are fantastic and the image is an excellent for the medium.
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
Thank you!
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Radical-Manzanas Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007   Interface Designer
Damn. What kind of sculpture CAN'T you do? ;p

I really do love this piece, especially due to the simplicity of the composition and that beautiful red gradient
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
LOL... this is about it... glass, clay and pumpkins.

Thank you. The glass was such a beautiful piece of glass that I felt it needed to be shown off for what it was and not cut up into a bunch of pieces as part of another composition. I did this from a photograph I found of a bird. As soon as I saw it I knew it was what had to go with this glass. I'm glad you liked it... I was going for simple, but was hoping it wasn't too simple.
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Grink Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
Wonderful :D
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
Thank you
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orientalna Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
I love it!
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
:)
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Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
zomg! It's BREATHTAKING. omg.
bet you could carve that on a pot too
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
Thank you! :hug: That would be pretty cool carved on a pot. I'll have to stick that in my head for one of things to try one of these days. :)
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Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
This piece is also ! featured in my news article [link] in celebration of Artisan Crafts Month
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
:glomp: Thank you for the dA love!
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. What's the approximate scale of this piece, if you don't mind my asking?

:)
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
Thank you. I don't mind you asking at all. It's a 19 inch circle.
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pathlost Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007
Absolutely amazing :D I took a class in this type of technique a couple of weeks ago and appreciate how difficult this would have been - well done.
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007
Wow that was quick! Thank you for the compliment. I had a lot of fun building this one. What did you end up making in your class? And thank you for the fave. I appreciate it.
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