Ken Knodell

I have been doing stained glass windows for 40  years as a hobby at first then doing windows on consignment, most of what I have learned over the years is from talking to other glass artists and going to lectures and demonstrations over the years, reading books and articles but most of all just experimenting and trying new and different things with glass and for the past 10 of the 40 years I have been fusing glass .

 

My inspiration

I really enjoy working with different types of glass, the colors and the way the light can change how a piece looks, I like experimenting all the time and the challenge of cutting out all the pieces and fitting all the parts together and then fusing it all together and seeing how it comes out, I like making plates of various sizes and shapes, different types of candle holders, glass blocks and also fused pieces I can incorporate into stained glass windows. I like working with geometrical designs and I also like space scenes with planets and stars in my glass blocks

 

 

Places I have exhibited

Over 200 homes that my windows have been installed in, The Sixth Street Gallery in Vancouver, Fireborne Gallery in Portland, Mystique gallery in Portland and the Starting Grounds Church in Battleground.

 

Process

I use sheets of art glass  that I cut to the size and shape I need also I use ground up glass that is called frit and it comes in fine powder or different coarseness up to the sizes of peas I also use stringers of glass which are rods depending what I am making I sometimes  will have to make full size patterns for to use for cutting out the pieces I will need . for the fused glass pieces I stack it all together and put it in a kiln and heat up the glass to as high as 1500 degrees to melt it all together then it may go back into the kiln again to heat it up again setting on a mold that it will slump into to give it its final shape. For windows I make a full size drawing then make a pattern from that drawing that I use to cut all the pieces of glass out with then I use the pattern  to set all the glass pieces on and use lead came to hold it all together, then all the lead joints are soldiered then the window is glazed and cleaned.

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