I haven’t done a lot with the glass this year. I’ve spent a lot of 2016 ill: twisted appendage on my intestine, gall bladder and appendix quitting the ship, and in July, a sinus infection that wouldn’t die. So, glass has taken a back seat.
I decided back in April or so that I’d get a project in the kiln. I wanted to use some scrap glass, so I settled on my turquiose and white scraps, on a black background. It took some measuirng, because I knew I wanted a 10″ plate, but I wasn’t sure how much space I needed between the squares. With a little trial and error I settled on what’s in the photo below. 33 pieces later (counting the base), it went in for a full fuse.
This should have a subtitle: Or, why I am not a neat person.
I have never been a neat person. Even in my 30s, my bedroom is about as clean as a teenagers, and my living room alternates between “looks pretty decent” and “bomb has gone off.”
The same mess surrounds my glass workshop. I could make a pretentious comment about how artists need mess to create, but that’s most likely bullshit, so I won’t.
I’m just a messy person. That’s all.
A year ago, for Christmas 2012, Pet gave me a circle cutter. It’s what I really, really wanted, because cutting circles is really difficult without a circle cutter. I immediately went circle mad, and cut a bunch of circles. Big, little, I even made a few bowls out of them.
I don’t really remember what prompted me to want to make a Pokemon pokeball, but I had the colours out. So I cut one out. I didn’t do a great job, white is damn hard to cut out. So it broke a bit, but I was going to use it. You’ll see where it broke in the photo.
And it sat there. For a year. I finally got the energy to cast the white ring in the center earlier this week, because I’ve been fusing and slumping and casting like a woman possessed. So I tack fused the whole piece, and here it is.
So, I made a glass chessboard. I’d been wanting to make a gameboard for a while. My mother made me a lovely tic tac toe game for my birthday, and I’d been considering making one for a while.
The idea of a chessboard stuck in my mind earlier this week, and so I started cutting tiny squares for it. MY kiln is only 14 inches, which means my kiln shelf is 12 inches, so the largest I can go with anything is about 11.5 inches. This chessboard measures just over 8 inches. I haven’t completely cleaned it, and I haven’t coldworked the edges, so it’s just rough and out of the kiln.
Pet bought me a circle cutter for Christmas. It’s pretty much a thin metal ruler, suction cup, cutting head, and a ball to hold onto, but it’s really neat. In fact, here’s a picture of mine.
I’ve wanted a circle cutter for a while. Glass likes to break in a straight line, and free form cutting a circle is tough. They get lumpy and lopsided. So I wanted a circle cutter. Pet provided me one.
One last post for the year: between my Intro to Fusing and my Squares and Rectangles I took another class at Aquila Glass School: Intro to Beadmaking. It’s a 2 hour class using Bullseye glass in rods to create beads. I had a lot of fun doing it, and it sparked an interest in torchworking beads.
Regretfully, I only have one photograph of the beads I made that’s clear, and since it’s late, I’m not going to try and get another one. So here it is:
So, remember this post from a while ago, where I posted a picture of 3 pieces accidentally fused together?
Here’s how it looked after I cut it free, polished the rough spots, and slumped it.
I’ve been trying to catch up on older things I’ve done, like my first fused glass class, and my second, but I’m taking a break from that for just a minute. I still have a glass beads post, and other things, but I wanted to show my “Oh, crap” moment from this morning.
I overloaded my kiln, and some pieces moved more than others. So, when I opened it this morning, I found this. The other things, which were 4 of the smaller squares, and one more fractured square, were all all happy and fused, but not to each other.
If you know me on Facebook, then you know I’ve recently acquired a kiln, and set up shop, creating fused glass at home. It’s a Paragon benchtop kiln. I don’t have a picture of it yet, but that link will take you to a similar kiln, although mine doesn’t have elements in the top.
I hate to disappoint, but this isn’t about my first fusing in my new kiln. That will come later.
This is about a class I took in March at Aquila Glass School. It’s called Fused Glass 2: Squares and Rectangles, and follows the Intro To Fusing class I took in January. I had to wait over a month because I needed a class that was scheduled on a Saturday, since it’s my only guaranteed day off. I was pretty excited when I went.
Now that I’m off the road, I’ve been itching to try out some new arts and crafts. And it just so happened that I’d purchased a Groupon for an Intro to Fusing class from Aquila Glass School last year, for learning to make fused glass.
The problem I had was by the time I realized my Groupon was expiring, all the classes were full. I was bummed. So I chalked it up to yet another expired Groupon, and let it go.