Glass: Pate de Verre

These examples of glass works were produced by students under the guidance of  Tina Gartlan at Wanganui Park Secondary College

Pate de Verre is a specialist ancient glass-making process that dates back to the year 1500BC. It was revived at the start of the 1900’s by French artisans, hence the name, which literally translates into ‘glass paste’. It is know for it’s sugar-like and delicate texture.

Coloured glass particles, called frit, are mixed with a binder to create a ‘slushy’ texture and packed into the moulds.  We use fine sized System 96 frit and cellogel (or paper machie glue). The moulds can be simple bisque fired clay vessels or more complex plaster-silica moulds. The pieces are then fired (between 690-715o C for this type of glass), taken out of the kiln once at room temperature, removed from the moulds and cleaned. Bisque moulds can be re-used whereas plaster-silica moulds are one offs, as they break apart after one firing.


The glass frit can be tinted and mixed together to create unique colours and subtle colour gradations. As the frit is wet like a slushy, can be packed into the mould with some precision and control.”



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2 Responses to “Glass: Pate de Verre”

  1. This is a great site and excellent examples of work shown. Thanks

  2. Very enjoyable blog. Thanks

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