My Morning

One of the best things about grad school is the very interesting things that other people are doing, all around me, everyday. This morning I got to watch Kelsey Wright making the third charge of glass into a glass casting in the hot shop next door. Kelsey is the one in the silver hot suit. It was very interesting to talk to one of the glass grad students about glass and about how the colors that are seen in glass depend on its shape. Since glass refracts light, its outer surface can be more or less like a lens, sending color in many directions.  
Getting ready to open the kiln.

Getting ready to open the kiln.

The silica plaster mold, partially filled with molten glass, with a freshly added piece resting on the top of the hot glass surface.

The silica plaster mold, partially filled with molten glass, with a freshly added piece resting on the top of the hot glass surface.

Kelsey making the third charge for this large mold.
Kelsey making the third charge for this large mold.

Bullseye casting glass waiting to be added to the mold.

Bullseye casting glass waiting to be added to the mold.

A single piece of the glass.

A single piece of the glass.

Here you can see the lavender colors of the glass. The colors of glass based on its shape.

Here you can see the lavender colors of the glass. The colors in glass are  based on its shape as well as its chemistry.

 

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