RiverFire Glass is located in a lovely 17th Century town in Connecticut. It is a tiny studio hidden deep in the woods, perched on a rocky hill and peeking through the trees over a beautiful and pristine river valley. The changing light, trapped fog, long vistas and visiting wildlife offer constant inspiration. The running river and the tempering glass are a visual metaphor of how every life ebbs and flows, sometimes calm and tranquil and sometimes wild and frothy, seeking new trails yet always flowing, always exciting.
Kiln Fired Glass; from cold and brittle to warm and flowing, ending up in a very tactile, luminous piece that both holds and reflects light.
No two pieces are exactly alike although there are common themes within the various series. Each piece starts out as a concept, sometimes sketched out, more often it percolates in Jeni’s brain, and then she starts cutting glass, mosaicking pieces together, cutting again; even the small jewelry items are made up of multiple pieces of cut glass.
When a tray is loaded and ready it is placed in a large kiln and brought up to temperatures between 1400 and 1800 degrees. Due to the composition of glass the ramp up is gradual, then it is held at that temperature while the glass melts and flows together. Finally, it is slowly brought down (this is called annealing) to room temperature. This takes between 18 and 24 hours. Then the piece is “cold worked” with a grinder or hand sanded. Often the process is repeated up to 3 times (and occasionally 5) until the right effect is achieved.