The glass fusers are a-buzz, hovering over a fresh batch of fused glass eye candy. It is always exciting each time we take the lid off of a kiln and see the hot new creations in glass. It is very surprising actually, because the glass not only changes shape slightly, but it may also change in color and texture.
It is very common that participants are so involved in making one piece after another that they often forget what is theirs in the kiln! It never fails that there are a few pieces which two different fusers think are theirs, but after a short discussion someone realizes that the piece probably isn't theirs. At the same time there are a few pieces which no one recognizes as theirs. I call these poor lost gems orphans, and after some encouragement someone in the group adopts them.
Here are a few gems from the Maplewood adventure in glass fusing.