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Getting Cracking

Since my last post things have moved on apace as, nervous that my all-wood and frankly freezing studio wouldn’t fare well over the winter, I have moved the whole show back to a studio in the nearby Brickworks Museum.

I say back, as this is where I used to run my sewing workshops, but now something new.

After my last post in which my sample piece – made despite advice to the contrary – of different grades of glass – cracked 48 hours after firing, I had a few more attempts with the gifted glass and bullseye glass. All have cracked to some degree.

You would think by now that I’d have learnt my lesson. But, having put together these Christmas ornaments, I just had to try the addition of some millefiore  pieces, bought when I went on a mosaic course. Christmas decoration for the trees, I thought, and sprinkled them liberally.

Here are the pieces just before firing.

Ready to Fire

Ready to Fire

I am always excited when it’s time to open the kiln. Firing and cooling takes such a long time and the result is so different each time that I can’t wait to see what’s happened.

I was pleased and disappointed at the same time.

Round hanging ornament

Round hanging ornament

Doesn’t look too bad but on closer inspection there is quite severe cracking around one of the millefiore which is also a little too close to its neighbour.

Cracking Detail

Cracking Detail

The two tree shaped ornaments fared rather better but there is still a little bit of cracking around the inclusions.

I was interested to see how the yellow one had bulged into a bottle shape. I think this is either due to too large a piece of glass on top or overcooking!

red tree ornament

yello green tree ornament

I also like the way the milliefiore have shifted in the molten glass creating the sort of effect you get with adverts on football pitches.

But despite the cracking, these pieces were only intended as extra Christmas decorations and are still usable, I think. Also, my lovely glass suppliers sell milliefiore that is compatible with Bullseye glass so guess where I’m going next?

I think the lesson is learned though. No more incompatible glass experiments!

I’ve got two new (compatible) pieces in the kiln at the moment so watch this space!

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Starting Out

After 30 years of practicing sewing and embroidery, and 10 years of teaching sewing and embroidery, I decided it was time for a change.

10 years ago I did an arts degree at university where I dabbled in various crafts and, although I went on to specialize in textiles, I always looked back fondly on the time I’d spent in the glass workshop.

Although I’ve always admired worked glass objects, I’ve never had the chance, since college,  to try my hand at cutting, fusing and slumping.

Until now.

I’ve sold all my workshop sewing machines and bought a glass kiln and just enough tools and supplies to get me going.

I am looking forward to the journey and hope you’ll tag along and share in my successes and failures as I pick my way gingerly through the world of glass!