Iris Houghton creates art glass using a method known as ‘painting with light’. Most of the work begins with two clear pieces of glass cut to the size and shape of the finished piece. These are then worked on using frits, metals, dichroics and other materials.
Many pieces have a fine art bias due to Iris’s fine art background. The pieces are worked on and fused in the studio kiln at temperatures up to 800° Celsius. Iris then reworks them until she is happy with the results, which may involve several firings. In the final stage of the process, the piece is placed over a mould and put back into the kiln to soften and ‘slump’ into the desired shape.