Concept and Glass Cutting
Each design that we conceive is hand-drawn by Jan and then scanned into a computer. The computer processes the shape into a digital format, which is sent to the glass-cutting machine. The high-tech flow water jet machine precisely cuts the shapes using extremely high water pressure.
Coloring the Glass
The cut glass pieces get their color from finely ground glass. The colored ground glass is applied by hand to each piece by Jan or one of her expertly trained studio apprentices. When the artistic process of coloring the shapes is finished, the powdered glass is melted to a semi-soft state in the kiln.
Fusing the Glass
Elsewhere in the studio, large sheets of glass are cut into different sized plates and trays. The plates and trays are placed in the kiln. Then, the cut glass shapes are gently added to the plates and trays. The result is a permanent bonding (or fusing) of cut glass, ground glass, and sheet glass creating colorful, beautiful, and finished products.
Contact us at Mitchell Larsen Studio in Christiansted, VI, at (340) 719-1000 for more details about our process here at our touristy art glass studio. We offer photographics and aerial drone photography, along with customized glass ornaments, dinner plates, clocks, and other custom and miscellaneous pieces in Christiansted and St. Croix, VI, along with the rest of the US Virgin Islands.