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jan cahill

Jan Cahill entered into the realm of kiln fired glass as a natural progression. with formal training in ceramics & jewellery, the advancement was made easier. Working with a kiln, glass & gravity began a new & exciting skill, though due to lack of formal training available in her area, jan taught herself through books & videos & by sharing experiences with other crafts people.

Jan's handmade glass beads are made using a process called lampwork that first began in Venice around 1615 & is still used by Murano artisans today. It is a labour-intensive method, demanding concentration & skill as the glass is melted over a hot flame & at the same time wound around a steel rod. Jan uses glass that comes from "Muretti", Murano, Italy. Different coloured glass is melted & combined to give different designs & effects. Jan won "Best Australian Lampworker" in 2005 & 2006.

Jan also makes dicroic glass, which is a glass with a very thin layer of metallic oxides sprayed on it in a vacuum atmoshere, resulting in layers with a total thichness of 3 to 5 millionths of an inch. As the angle is changed, so do the colours.


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