Fused Glass Bowl by Maori Boy - Paua Kete Design (white and grey) 40cm
Original design by Maori Boy Glassware - a modern interpretation of traditional NZ-kiwi & Maori design. Each piece is designed to be a work of art, while still being functional and robust enough to be used day-to-day.
About Paua Kete Design:
This is a representation of a kete bag in a simple weave pattern. A piece of paua was often used to latch the bag closed. The pattern represents the designers tautoko (support) to the wahine who have kept raranga (Maori weaving) alive and well.
The technique of 'fusing and slumping' sandwiches a design of "onglaze powder" between two pieces of clear glass, which is then fused together at high temperature. The transparency of the top layer lends the design depth and enhances the vibrancy of each colour. Low fire “glaze” is traditionally used by ceramists as a ‘second’ firing over underglaze on fired pots. Low fire glaze will fire into glass using a very careful firing process aided by a 'proprietary formular' of frits and additives to promote compatibility, stability of the fusing process, and to enhance the vibrancy of the colours. The glaze is used ‘dry’ and not in a liquid form.