At Plymouth Harbor, our approach to wellness is centered around whole-person wellness — emphasizing a multidimensional approach, maintaining broad interests and a healthy lifestyle for an active mind and body. Art in particular plays a major role in wellness, keeping both the mind and body stimulated and generating personal exploration through self-expression, allowing us to experience and create.

A New Type of Artwork to Plymouth Harbor
Esther Jensen is a new artist to Plymouth Harbor, working in the Glass Studio within the Hobby Shop in the Wellness Center. Esther works with fused glass, creating colorful bowls, platters, sculptures, and jewelry. A native of Denmark, Esther has lived on the southwest coast of Florida for more than 25 years. She and her husband, Jorgen, joined us as residents of Plymouth Harbor in October 2017. You may recognize Esther’s name, as she previously exhibited as an artist in our Mezzanine Gallery. Now, as an official resident, Esther hopes to share her passion for creating fused glass with fellow residents.

What is Fused Glass?
Fused glass is glass that has been heat-processed in a kiln at a range of high temperatures. Most contemporary fusing methods involve stacking, or layering thin sheets of glass, often using different colors to create patterns or images. The stack is then placed inside the kiln and heated through a series of ramps (rapid heating) and soaks (holding the temperature at a specific point) until the pieces begin to bond together. Once the desired effect is achieved, the kiln temperature is brought down, and the glass cools over a specified time.

How Does the Process Work?
Ironically, the process is called “Cold Glass” as opposed to “Hot Glass,” which is blowing glass. But even in “Cold Glass,” the temperature in the kiln reaches around 1,500° F. Glass must be compatible to ensure the pieces can be fused properly. Esther’s glass is purchased from a supplier in Oregon for this reason. Her first step in creating an object is cutting the glass with a glass cutter, and once it is cut, she uses a variety of methods to create her pieces, such as “Tack Fusing,” “Slumping,” and “Draping.”

Interesting in Learning More?
Regardless of Esther’s approach, it is certainly a fascinating process. If you are interested in learning more about this process, Esther has offered to hold “mini tours” of the Glass Studio, where she will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Tours will be held on Thursday, January 18th, and Friday, January 19th, at 1:00 p.m., 1:20 p.m., and 1:40 p.m. Please Call Ext. 252 to sign up.