Polly Plourde doesn’t refer to herself as an artist … she’s a glass fuser. When someone views her work and asks if she’s the artist, she typically responds “I’m the person having fun!”
In 2005 Polly decided to try her hand at glass fusing. She was unable to work out the timing of classes with the rest of her life so decided to spend the money on her first kiln and teach herself. She now owns three kilns and has a blast each day! Polly believes that her quirky style came about as the result of not being influenced by an instructor.
What inspires Polly’s creations? COLOR! Sometimes a collection of scrap glass on the worktable will catch her attention and her mind starts to whirl with the possibilities of combining the colors in a new design.
She smiles as she is creating … there is nothing better!
What is fused glass? The process begins with fusible stained glass – basically a special type of stained glass that can withstand the high temperatures of a kiln. The design elements are cut by hand, cleaned, and then assembled. The piece then goes into the kiln and the intense heat fuses the individual pieces of glass into one. If the fused piece is going to become a dish it goes back into the kiln at a lower temperature and is placed on a mold. Over time the glass slumps into the mold, taking on its shape. That is called glass slumping.
This fun process takes place in Polly’s glass studio in Scarborough, Maine. All raw materials are made in the USA, as is the packaging for the ornaments.