Lesley and Al Kroach have a long history working together with different mediums. Their journey to creating art together started in the 1970s. Since then, they have evolved through painting, printmaking, photography and creating whimsical vintage clocks. From their studio at their lake house on Stoney Lake their focus today is fused glass. Kiln formed glass is the art of transforming opaque and translucent glass into one-of-a-kind designs by cutting and layering different patterns, colours and textures.
Once assembled, the glass is put into a kiln at temperatures ranging from 1,100 to 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit. In some cases the project is put in the kiln a number of times, to fuse and shape it. During the process, cold working techniques like cutting, sanding, grinding, and sandblasting are used to finish each piece. Shaping the glass to complete the final design can take several days. The intricate nature of this technique makes each work of art unique.