Saturday, February 21, 2015

Painting with glass!

Today was my second day of a three day class at Bullseye Glass in Portland. I am having SO MUCH fun, and learning a lot!

We've been practicing drawing with powder, frit, stinger and even got to pull some of our own stringer using a vitrograph kiln. We made 7 tiles on Friday, using different techniques and forms of glass for each. Today we did a 20 minute black powder drawing and a second piece that we had about an hour to work on. I can't wait to see what comes out of the kiln tomorrow! And again on Monday!

Pictures to post soon!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Seeing spots

It's been a week for polka dots here. I saw some examples of techniques using pebbles to add some depth to flat glass and decided to play around with that. I like these pieces best I think:

After slump fusing:

These ones are similar, but I added more colors of dots and a lot more dots. So much that the pattern on the round bowl appears like a honeycomb instead of individual dots:

And I tried out a new texture mold. Had a bit of a disaster in the kiln but this will clean up nicely I think. It is probably going to become a plate/platter:

Now off to my other blog!  Ciao!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Adding a little color

I have had some fun this last few days since the challenge ended -- I'm adding color to some of the pieces I saved and fired. I have slumped one small dish (from my generic flower piece). Here it is in the kiln with a couple of small square bowls I am also slumping:

I've also added a couple of layers of color and a frit border to my iris piece. Here it is prior to tack fusing the new colors:

 And here it is after fusing, getting ready to go into the kiln for a nice slump:

There is something about this design that feels really old fashioned to me. It reminds me of my grandma and my auntie for some reason. Probably because I loved all of their little ceramic and porcelain goodies when I was small. I'm slumping this one on a really cute square dish mold that has a bit of ruffle around the edge.

I can hardly wait to see how it turns out!!