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Don't want colour? Try patterned clear glass...
Plain window glass (technically called float glass) is available in a variety of thicknesses. It can be easily reworked to pattern it on one side, to create letters, logos, scenes and backgrounds. The largest I will make is 400mm square or 500mm diameter, because it isn't processed to be safety glass as is required for larger pieces. However, that still leaves cheeseplates, platters, paned doors, side- and fanlights, and inclusions in a leadlight window (perhaps totally of patterned pieces). While I think of it, the glass can be smoky or gray, whatever Pilkington makes.

Sampler. To show: letter A, eucalyptus leaves and nuts, border, rough background

University of Tasmania Arms
A complex design, because the Arms are very detailed
Technique: 5mm float glass cut into a circle, then slumped over a pattern made of silica fiber sheet on the kiln shelf. The pattern for the central Arms was built up in layers lightly held together with PVA glue, first (a) the shield outline, then (b1) the central part of the chief and the border with holes cut out for the Southern Cross, and (b2) the 'torch of learning', then (c) the heraldic lion overlaid on the torch but elsewhere one thickness, and (d) the 'books of knowledge' made up of two thicknesses of sheet slightly offset. The motto 'INGENIIS PATVIT CAMPVS' was made of a single sheet with the letters cut-out in stencil fashion; the word-separators are small raised diamond pieces. The effect is of the Arms pressed up into the glass while the letters slump back clear. The top surface is fire-polished. Finished with three silicone rubber feet fixed with epoxy glue underneath. The plate is used in the University Staff Club.

Server, Tasmanian Government Logo
Showing a Tasmanian Tiger [Thylacine, driven to extinction c 1930] coming through the grass to drink at a river's edge. What should we deduce from this choice of logo by the government? Technique: one-layer 1mm pieces over sand except for the eyes which were 2mm. The use of negative space  for the Thylacine is part of the original logo design.

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