I have good intentions about keeping this blog updated more regularly so lets see how long I can keep it going…..
Part of the reason I’ve not blogged is that I’ve had a lot more supply teaching come my way than I’d ever expected but Fridays are currently my day off….well I say day off but what I really mean is my day out of school, because I’ve had a repeat student here creating a lovely hot air balloon out of glass. It’s for a friend of hers who had a baby a few months ago and the nursery has a balloon theme, so this should sit perfectly in the window. The balloon combines layered fusing techniques and a lattice effect on the basket, which will therefore have holes in it like a wicker basket. The colours will be much bolder and brighter and absolutely perfect for any child’s room.While Amy was making her balloon I was working on some of my own designs which need several firings in the kiln. This is layer 1 of glass powder applied carefully to a base of white glass. Next will come a 2nd layer of glass and people will also be added. I’ll show you more once I’ve done this so keep your eyes peeled.
Since I went on a screen printing on glass workshop back in May I’ve been experimenting with ways of printing imagery/lino/textures onto different types of glass. Some have been successful and some not so but I’m now feeling like the experiments are starting to pay off.
All those years in a secondary school art room have definitely helped develop my confidence and printing composition ideas. I started by doing plain lino cuts onto glass and copper foiling them together.
I then tried to develop layered designs which could come into the ‘not so good’ category but in doing so I saw what would work better and then started experimenting with new ideas. I discovered that layering the enamel printing helps the design to stand out better and finding the frames in a shop was perfect timing too.
The next step is to develop larger hanging prints for walls and with the autumnal leaves all around they were a great inspiration. I know it’s still not perfect and I’m going to experiment with colour accuracy more but so far so good.
I think I might be seeing this view more often in my garage….
It’s a busy time of year for any crafter with lots of fairs to prepare for, stock to make, packaging to sort out, websites to keep updated…..I could go on and if you do fairs I’m sure you can easily add things to this list.
Over the past week I’ve been making new Christmas themed stock and today started to pull it all together with the packaging and thinking about how to display it on my craft stall. I’ve been posting images of some of the new glass designs onto facebook and they’ve been well received which has led to sales and me making lots more glass stockings. They are a simple design but I am happy to create lots of them as I can make them all slightly different which means it’s continually interesting to do….not so sure I could focus on making as many Father Christmas’ or snowmen!
Today I spent several hours adding ribbon to hang the decorations, sorting them into sets and putting them into gift bags. Then came a rummage through the garage to see what display baskets I had for the stall…..I was definitely glad that the kiln was kicking out a fair amount of heat brrrrr it was cold today wasn’t it! Anyway I think the cupcake stand was a perfect solution and might even be a suitable mini xmas tree substitute….what do you think? I’ll decide towards the end of the week I think.
Next on the ‘to do’ list were the Christmas cards and Santa keys. I’m suspecting the keys could be a top seasonal seller this year based on how well they have been received so far. I’ll be sending some over to Chicken and Frog Bookshop in Brentwood too.
All this creativity is great for my business but not so good for the tidiness of the house…..my kitchen is madness this eve….Does anyone ever manage to craft neatly?!?
Back in the summer when it was scorching hot (yes we really did have a few non-rainy days!) I ran a fusing workshop at my house for 3 lovely ladies. 2 were friends and had come along having seen what a friend of theirs had been making with me and the other had seen me at RHS Hyde Hall Craft Fair. It was so hot that day I actually had to move the location of the workshop from the conservatory so that we didn’t melt!!! I think that’s why I can remember it so well as days like that didn’t happen much this year did they?
The 2 friends contacted me a couple of months ago keen to come back and learn more and wanted to bring 2 others with them too….I love how glass fusing enthusiasm is contagious like this hehe. So yesterday the group came along with some sketchy plans of what they wanted to make in glass and we had a great time chatting and making glass dishes, candle lights and jewellery.
Christine wanted to make the 4 seasons in glass for her mantelpiece and came armed with a book of flowers for technical accuracy, Philippa thought she was going to make something Christmassy but after seeing how long it was going to take to cut out lots of circle shapes this quickly developed into Christmas presents for her friends instead. Alison was more unsure but took inspiration from a blue colour pallet and made a lovely aquatic dish among other bits n pieces and Bobby was so determined to get her colours right for a present that she rang a family member to check they would match their decor. This level of thought about design definitely helped them to create a wide range of fantastic fused glass pieces.
Over the next few days the kilns will be going crazy fusing everything flat and then slumping everything into/over moulds….especially as I had another 1 to 1 glass lesson in the evening with fused glass Christmas decorations on the menu.
For now I think it’s tidying for me as this is the current state of my conservatory…..
Back in the summer I wrote an article for Creative Crafting Magazine and sent off lots of photos to go with it….now it’s been published 🙂
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