The "word on the street" (ha ha) is that Fire Lotus is yummy and easy to use - easier than some of it's cousins.
I think I might have to concur with this as these did come out pretty nice. Some of these striking glasses look very nice when hot, and once they come out of the kiln, they look dark. Oh, if you get enough light on them, they can look ok in a photo, but they just look dark the rest of the time.
The bottom row is, left to right, encased with clear, partially encased, and self-coloured - struck once.
The top row is all three, un-encased, struck once. I like the encased and partially encased ones best. Looks like encasing is the way to go with this one.