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Cooked Glass: A Visual Feast0

A platter like this one - it’s  almost too pretty to eat off.  Handmade by Pam McClean, this piece of glass is the result of study, dedication, and the ability to be calm in the face of very high heat, melting glass, and sometimes flying shards.  Ouch. 

Pam McLean has been working with glass for many years.  Her passion comes from a love of cooking—and I’m lucky to say that I’ve eaten some of her food.  As a guy with a background in high-end cooking, I can tell you first-hand: her meals are worthy of  those plates.  She serves up a visual feast that tastes as good as it looks. 

 As far as the cooked glass goes, the process is quite complex, and each piece takes at least one day to make.  Pam starts by heating up several layers of glass in a kiln at 1480 degrees. After that cooking, the multiple layers are transformed into one, and Pam then cuts the glass into various shapes with a diamond saw.  That’s the part which sends tiny shards of glass flying at her face.  She’s very happy for protective face gear.

When she’s satisfied with the cut, the glass is again fired in the kiln—this time at a lower temperature, which allows her to add various elements, such as gold wire, to the now-softened glass.


Most of Pam’s work is one-of-a-kind, including her wall hangings, bowls, and other home décor.  As of this writing, however, Pam is launching two new lines of jewelry. 

For more information about Pam McLean’s cooked glass, go to MagicSpaceGlass .

by John Barker

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