Mike Byers

“Fire Kanji” method and process:

The kanji (“fire”) was done with a calligraphy brush on paper; the paper was then glued to the resist-covered glass blank with glue stick and the design was cut out and etched with silicon carbide.  After cleaning, the etched blank was stacked on another piece of 90COE Bullseye glass and the “chop” in the lower right corner was added using pieces of DTI/Wasser and Bullseye stringer.  The glass was fired at 1450F for 20 minutes and then annealed.

Mike Byers

Raven Glass Studio




–The photo was taken by Joyce Knoblauch of Knoblauch Studios in Danville, Illinois.


  1. Mike,

    This is such a classy piece and would fit right in at my home(I have some paintings that I did with kanji on them). If this project does not become a reality and you need someplace to store it, just let me know!


  2. Is that an iridized piece of Bullseye?
    I like the contrast between it and the black.
    And I would like to see your chop up close.
    It makes me think of a cherry in a glass.
    Is it just for this piece, or do you use it often?

    Nicely done.

  3. Yep, it’s Bullseye irid. And my chop changes frequently; it’s really more of a decorative element than something personal.

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