Leslie’s passion and love for fusing began over ten years ago when she was taught basic fusing techniques by the late Master Glassblower Herman Leonhart.
Her pieces feature dichroic glass on traditional colored art glass. Dichroic means “two colors” and is glass containing multiple micro-layers of metals or oxides which give the glass certain optical properties. The main characteristic of dichroic glass is that it has a particular transmitted color and a completely different reflected color, as certain wavelengths of light either pass through or are reflected. This causes an array of color to be displayed. The colors shift depending on the angle of view.
To create a piece, Leslie first selects the colors and creates the design. Then, she hand cuts multiple pieces of dichroic and art glass. The pieces are assembled and kiln fired to 1475 degrees. At this temperature, the individual glass pieces are melted, or fused to create one piece. The piece is then cooled overnight in a regulated kiln for annealing, a process which gives the glass strength and durability. In finishing the final pendant, Leslie will often grind, reshape and refire the pieces a second or even a third time to achieve the desired look.