The Working Deep method involves floating or embedding imagery or color within a thick block of glass. It works by stacking and fusing multiple layers, capitalizing on the transparency of the material to create three-dimensional designs. Such design can be achieved with layers of powder and frit. They can also be composed of intercut sheet glass. Regardless, pieces made by the method boast a rich depth of imagery and color. That depth can be complex or simple—whatever a maker’s vision dictates.
This lesson demonstrates how to create individual design layers. It guides students through the process of laying up a block to help control bubbles and minimize coldworking. Finally, it concludes with considerations for damming, firing, and finishing the work.