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Reactive Glass Panel Work

Eighth-graders in Elissa Donovan’s art class recently wrapped up a multi-step, chemistry-based reactive glass panels project. “The students have worked in glass since the sixth grade, so they know how to cut glass and shape it to be fused in the kiln,” said Donovan. “This latest project teaches students how metal-bearing glasses react with each other and non-metal bearing glasses through the heat of the kiln.” Donovan said the various colors of the reactive glass students used contain copper, sulfur, lead, and silver. “They experimented with creating new effects by combining the reactive glass in different ways,” said Donovan, adding that the glass will be on display in an installation of 90 panels during the schoolwide art fair on April 4.