My Favorite Tool - Claudia Ariss

In my contemporary stained glass work, I utilize large pieces of head glass. Heads are the cut-off ends of rectangular sheet stained glass that traditional glass artists buy for their work. Heads (and tails) are formed when the molten glass emerges from the rollers at the factory. Imagine a pasta machine and how it compresses the dough as it passes through the rollers, leaving curvy, smooth edges at each end. Because it can take two years or more to get heads of a specific color mix, I am extremely careful when cutting these beautiful pieces of glass. I have a Taurus III ring saw that enables me to safely cut out curves to accommodate the agates and rondels that I use in my work. I can't risk losing one of these valuable pieces of glass by attempting to cut out these curves with a glass cutter, and my ring saw is the perfect tool for the job!

My work can be seen at my website.  My studio can be found in the Open Studios Art Tour catalog at location #1.

 

Taurus III Ring Saw
Claudia in her studio
Taurus III Ring Saw
Taurus III Ring Saw
Claudia in her studio
Claudia in her studio