About Tayder Page

and how she creates her work.

On completion of her formal education at Midhurst Grammar School Tayder went on to first obtain a   Diploma in Art & Design  and then went on to a Degree Course in

3 Dimensional Design at Bristol.

In 1990 she won a bursary from the local Woman's Institute and chose a Course at Denman College with Paul San Casciani - studying Traditional Leaded Glass.  This set her on her carer as a successful Artist in Glass.

Today Tayder’s studio is based in Sussex from which she can access many places of inspiration for her work. Currently her particular interest is in capturing the British Countryside and its wildlife in glass before its lost forever under more housing and its supporting infrastructure.

Tayder draws upon her skills as an Artist to observe and capture the chosen subject matter into the glass. The resulting three dimensional illusion is created utilising the qualities of the selected medium prior to its final fusing into its permanent state in the kiln.
Each piece can take many hours to complete its journey, the larger pieces  take a week from start to finish.

Let me take you through their creation.

1.Prepare the kiln – Old batt wash is removed and new batt wash is brushed on the shelf to stop the glass sticking and dried by heating the kiln for 20 minutes.

2.Cutting -  the glass (recycled where available) is cut to size and quantity. Any sharp edges are removed.

3.Apply the design - this is done with powdered glass held in a liquid medium. This is a lengthy process as each stroke of  'paint' is applied as it would be with an traditionally painted work in oil/acrylic/watercolour.  Each layer is left to dry.

4.  Firing - Tack fusing heats the glass just enough for the surface to soften and meld with the 'paint'. This takes 24hours and only one layer of ‘painted’ glass at a time.

5. Once cooled the 'painted' pieces are removed, washed and dried. Step 3 is repeated

6. 'Full fused' Firing - This involves taking the glass to a temperature where the stacked layers of glass and 'paint' melt enough to join seamlessly together but not so much that it forms a molten puddle.  The piece is in the kiln for a minimum of 24hrs.

7. Finished Piece - Once cooled opening the kiln is both exciting and a little nerve wracking. All being well its washed, dried and signed - after all, it is a piece of Art.

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