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Honoring the history and tradition of mosaic, the dot de verre technique offers a contemporary interpretation in a kiln-fired glass format. Thousands of tiny (3 millimeter) glass dots are placed on a foundation glass tile. Using a water based repositionable adhesive, the glass dots are affixed row by row. Once assembled, the composition is carefully fine-tuned then placed and protected in a kiln. During the course of two slow and precise firing schedules, the adhesive burns off allowing the dots to fuse to the backing tile. Because the glass is held at length at a relatively low temperature, the dots do not melt but soften, fuse and fire polish without losing their inherent shape. The result is a gleaming, intricately composed image -an intimate complexity of cells- forming a completed visage.  The kiln fired mosaic tile is then mounted on black glass and once framed becomes a 4-layered glass composition.