Why is it that I have a garage with boxes upon boxes of glass and yet I still always feel like I don’t have enough stock right before every craft fair I do?!?! I think it’s a strange phenomenon experienced by most crafters and sure enough I’ve been suffering from it this week. I think we should come with a name for it…what do you reckon this could be called?
I’ve had the kiln/s on every day for the past few weeks firing student work, and my own work, and this is some of what I’ve been making.
Last week I had a request for a workshop in using glass powders with the aim of creating a mini artist masterpiece. Marie had been unable to attend my masterclass when I ran it earlier in the summer so thought she’d see when I was doing another one. After comparing diaries it looked like she would have to wait nearly a month so we did the opposite and went for a matter of days after the phone call. It’s one of the advantages of having a teaching space at home that I can run a workshop whenever I like 🙂
Step one when working with glass powders is to learn how to apply it evenly and how to layer it without moving the colours you’ve put on already. Marie worked with some of my stencils to experiment with this and then created her own stencil to make a glass version of a painting she has hanging on her kitchen wall.
It will all go into the kiln within the next few days (I’ve got a bit of a backlog with all the recent workshops that need different firing schedules!) and as soon as its finished I’ll post a photo of it on here.
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.