At the end of the 1970s, Myers began to develop what he called his “Contiguous Fragment” or “shard” vessels. (A shard is a piece of broken glass.) In this multi-step process, he blows large, thin-walled bubbles of glasses of different colors, which are cooled and cut into fragments using a hot wire. These glass fragments are the “shards” that Myers employs to decorate his vessels. While blowing a vessel at the furnace, Myers picks up the reheated shards and fuses them onto the surface of the glass, using a hand torch. At first, Myers selected opaque black and white glasses. These glasses provided a neutral ground on which he could “paint” a variety of shapes with his shards. After he built layers of colored shards onto the vessel, he sometimes iridized or textured the piece with a meshlike imprint. After cooling, the vessel could be further worked by cutting, sandblasting, and acid etching, processes that make the outer surface of the glass appear matte rather than shiny.