And here's the purple set that I just put in the kiln. I decided to do one more set in amber, just in case some of the slumps don't fall perfectly. I'm concerned that the plums won't look as good and might be too dark. We'll see.... I used 1105-plum, 1234-violet striker, 1834-erbium pink, 1101-clear irid, and 1101 clear. Hopefully the plums and violet will blend nicely. The amber has the following colors; 1837-light amber tint, 1137 amber, 1437-amber, 1101 clear irid, and clear. read more »
Do you ever wonder, when you buyyour Bundles of Blossoms pillows,where your pillows are made?
I always imagine when I order handmade goods online what kind of place they were created in?
I am nosy like that.
I always imagine the artist/crafter/designer snuggled away in their own personal space, losing track of time, listening to Indie music, and snacking on colorful macaroons in a room filled with all kinds of possibilities to make little wonderful goodiesfor the rest of us to enjoy.
You know my ... read more »
Yesterday I was in the studio smashing up the next batch of 25 pounds of glass for the City Year Vase project. We pulled out the cobalt blue discs and in comparison to the turquoise ones they really do stand out. I was concerned that they would just be too inky blue and not stand out from the others. No worries here! They turned out great!
Judy and Rene helped me vacuum out the kiln and smash the glass. While we did that we had a "mothers of wayward children" chat, commiserating over how tough it is to... read more »
Friday I was privileged to have a private class with my old pal Gigi! We spent the day weaving, chatting, and having a generally busy, but good day. Here's some of what Gigi did!
Gigi weaving an awesome design!
another view of Gigi's Weave!
Here's Cathy's weave! She was motivated to do one when she saw Gigi's!
Here is what I did while Gigi was weaving...Another 25 pounds of glass was smashed all in the name of the City Year glass Vase project! Then each piece was hand clipped with the nippers to... read more »
Saturday The official grand opening of Dream Fire Glass's new studio was a fun filled day of activities. I'll show you...
Throughout the day there were demonstrations, food, drink, and socializing among old and new friends.
In the late afternoon a crowd gathered to break the pinata. Stuffed with more then just candy. Grown adults elbowed there way for prizes. The last time I hit a Pinata was in elementary school. This was too much fun.
As the evening approached there was a visit from some of... read more »
After the initial firing, here's what we ended up with...
This was the stack platter! The final piece is 8.5" x 16"Meredith decided to make this stack platter into a wall piece. She sandblasted and then matte polished all of the blue squares. It looks really cool!
This is a very large pocket vase, also known as a jardinière .
Here's a view at the back with the hanger set up and some of the batting.
Here's another view.I'll show you the final end product when they are finished! read more »
What an exciting and glamourous day I've had! I did get to sleep in and hang out in my PJs in the morning, which is always an awesome thing! Then it was straight to the studio to finish the Baptismal Bowl/Font for Zion Lutheran Church.
So here's how it went; 1st Step; I measured the disc about 75 times to make sure it was a solid 18.75" perfectly round. I ground it about 4 times to make sure it was perfectly round. Did I say it had to be perfectly round! OMG! Finally had to pull out the old cut a circl... read more »
Like today.. It's been a long few days of closing out the books and making sure all the allocations are in the right place. I'm almost finished and ready to close the books on 2011! I'm looking forward to no more paperwork!!!My year end thoughts are going something like this...I'm finally ready to admit that our move to the new studio space was a gamble for us. It really could have gone either way, and oh boy, was I afraid of the change... but it was the best possible move we could have made! Business ha... read more »
I am scheduled to teach the following workshops at Wired Designs Studio. You can sign up for glass by contacting Wired Designs directly at 210/4954495.-Beginning Glass FusingFebruary 18, 2012May 19, 20129:30 am - 5:30 pm
A one day workshops where students are introduced to the essential knowledge required to work with fused glass including compatibility, firing schedules, cold work and other important topics. Students will create two class projects during which they will be exposed to; three firing... read more »
Today started with a bang! I emptied the big kiln of 14 various and sundry bottles that someone paid me to slump, just to fill it back up with more of the same. Then, just one more load tomorrow of the little buggers. It's not the most artistic endeavor I've got going, but it does pay the electric bill.
'Tis the season for bottle slumping, and the festive jingle of glass cheese boards! This is what they're planning to make out of those recycled wine bottles. They look cute all dressed up like this!
Wh... read more »