|My finished kokeshi.|
|A kokeshi with a cherry blossom on her skirt.|
Creating each kokeshi begins by transferring my pattern to sheet glass. I use hand rolled glass made by Bullseye in Portland, Oregon. Each piece is hand cut and then shaped with a glass grinder.
|Bullseye sheet glass ready to be scored.|
I carefully layer the cut glass and include a hook so she can easily be hung later on. Tiny glass eyes and a petite mouth are added to her traditionally round face. The cherry blossom on her skirt is adorned with bits of crushed glass in assorted colors.
|Layers of glass stacked carefully and decorated.|
Each stacked glass kokeshi is transferred to my kiln where it is heated so the glass layers will bond together. These girls were fused to 1400 degF so the finished ornament will have nice rounded edges and lots of depth and texture.
|Glass kokeshi heating to 1400 degF in my kiln.|
Opening the kiln after it cools is like opening presents on Christmas morning! Seeing each little kokeshi complete just makes me smile.