"Rock Art" Vase
Michelle Kaptur's Rock Art series reflects her upbringing in the desert climes of the American West, and her travels in France, where she visited many Paleolithic sites. Unlike most glass carving techniques that are done when the piece is cold, Michelle's work is done while the piece is hot. Later, an acid treatment takes much of the sheen off the glass.
Caring for Your Glass
Cleaning - Any good commerical nonabrasive cleaner works well. A bath in lukewarm water with a few drops of mild detergent, followed by a rinse in lukewarm water is also a good method. Avoid using excessive pressure on thin pieces. Use lint free cloths in natural fibers.
Mineral Deposits - Our glass may be displayed or used. To prevent mineral deposits from building up in your vases, use distilled water and change it often. If spots do develop, soaking the piece in venegar and water can help.
Matte Surfaces - Ground, etched and sandblasted surfaces hold onto oils. Fresh fingerprints can be addressed with an ammonia based cleaner, or with vinegar and water. Hardened fingerprints can be cleaned with acetone. Be sure to follow safe handling practices with acetone. Treat the glass annually with WD-40 to enhance the surface.
A Word About Annealing - Annealing is not the same as tempering. Our glass should never be used for cooking. Avoid using hot water for cleaning.