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Open Studios ends with a deluge of rain!

What a weekend of contrasts it has been! Saturday was fresh and chilly, but a pleasant day and my studio was busy with visits from people in the locality. I am glad to say I met some really nice and very interesting people and caught up with some of my neighbours.

I emptied a colourful kiln full of flowers on Saturday morning, they have come out very well and as well as making up swags of flowers for sale in Insideout I am also going to keep some back to make an applique glass panel, I think they will lend themselves well to this.

I prepared lots of fusing tester panels on Saturday afternoon to be fired on Sunday. Sunday morning I loaded up the kiln and paid close attention to the cycled and the rapid cooling phase of fusing glass as I have been suffering from devitrification problems when fusing with recycled glass (where the glass crystalises when it is cooling, creating a matt granulated appearance to the back side of the fused piece). Hopefully I got it right today, we shall see tomorrow!

Today has been relentlessly rainy, I had to empty my gazebo gallery early as everything was getting soggy and windswept! I only had one visitor on my last day of Devon Open Studios,  she stayed for quite along time as it was raining SO hard she would have got drenched and so we had a great chat! But I would not have wanted to go anywhere myself today and as the gazebo was out of action it was probably for the best. But I got lots of panels cemented and got to watch a film with my kids as well, which is the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon anyway!

My studio can go back to being my own private little space again now for another year! Thanks for everyone who helped me advertise my event, handed out leaflets and put up posters at their work. Thanks also to everyone who came to visit me its been fun.

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experimenting with recycled glass frit

Open Studios again today and amongst other visitors was a customer I have been working on a design for and we chose the glass and the effects we want today.

This led me to put a recycled frit tester panel in the kiln with some experimental pendants today, both use recycled waste glass which has been smashed up with a hammer into small pieces and dust and its busy cooking in the kiln……….we will see what comes out tomorrow

There is still lots of time to come and visit me at Open Studios, please click here for dates and times.

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What came out of the kiln!

Last week I posted about experimenting with Frit (ground up glass) which I had made myself you can read about that here . I basically hit a lot of scrap glass (wrapped in newspaper) with a hammer until it was in very small pieces and powder, then carefully placed and piled it on to a piece of base glass and glued it into position before putting it in the kiln on a full fuse cycle………..so what came out the other end?

Unfortunately one of the pieces broke into 3 (this was the light blue one with pink blossom, I don’t think the pink cools at the same rate as the blue base glass, note to self don’t use that combination again); another came out very well, but I accidentally scratched the surface cleaning it up and need to polish it up! BUT  sods law, the one piece I didn’t photograph for my last blog post (I didn’t think it would come out very well) as turned out beautifully and I intend to incorporate it into a larger leaded panel soon…actually the other 2 will hopefully end up as inclusions in panels too….watch this space.

Here are the most successful results of my frit experiments, what do you think?

There are lots of tutorials about making Frit out there on the big wide world web, but these are as good a place to start as any

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMIJ0FCJCqQ

http://geltdesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/how-to-make-frit.html

http://pendantfusion.blogspot.co.uk/2009/09/how-to-make-your-own-frit.html

Cementing and experimenting

Today has been a real day of 2 halves, lots of cementing my leaded panels which is pretty dirty manual work and a long session of experimenting with recycled glass fusing. I created a couple of little seaside panels, an abstract wavy panel and lots of tiles for the kiln which are cooking away as I type this….we will see tomorrow if they have worked and indeed, if the glass was fully compatible! Pre kiln firing photos below, post firing photos to follow tomorrow

I had 5 visitors today, a mixture of fellow artists, local people and a friend from round the corner, very civilised! Still 2 days left to come and see me if you are in the Exeter area.


 

Trees, fields and grasses in glass!

I have just completed 3 panels for Newton St Cyres Manor House. The massive stately home has been converted into generous apartments with huge windows allowing light to flood in…perfect for stained glass windows! My brief was to create panels for 2 doors, the owners enjoy nature and the extensive grounds of the building ; so I started by taking photos of the shared grounds and local landscape. The first panel was a small piece to go into a newly carved oak Arts and Crafts style front door (created by local Master Carpenter Adam Bishop who I have worked with before) and then 2 panels for the large internal hall door (the half panels are over 1 metre long).

I was struck by the history of the house and I wanted this to be reflected in the windows;Newton St Cyres has a wonderful arboretum with a special bridge from the house to the gardens and I wanted this reflected too.  Reading the history of the Manor house, which goes back to medieval times, I was struck with the importance of wheat and trees in the rise and decline of the houses fortunes and my theme was chosen!

The front door panel is only small and I wanted to create a piece that would really make a statement, like a small jewel and so I chose vibrant colours for the oak tree motif, using orange and red water glass to give a sense of movement to the branches. I painted the detail with traditional kiln fired glass painted and scraped the paint off to create the texture and detail of the tree trunk.

The internal panels are much larger and the clients liked the idea of grasses bending towards each other, so I created a panel based on the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside. I once more used the paint scraping technique to add the details to the seed heads of the grasses and the finished pieces are very effective!

Ta Da, meet the Kiln!

I am really pleased to have taken delivery of my kiln, its quite a complicated beast and I must confess I am still a teeny bit scared of it! But it is installed in its cosy garage home and I have started experimenting with glass painting. I am desperate to get on with some warm glass techniques, but I have a big art fair to prepare for which has somewhat got in the way!
Kiln fired glass paints are notoriously difficult to master, so I am really surprized to have done 3 firings without any blistering or exploding, let me know what you think of my first results!


I am a stained glass artist working in Exeter and a busy mum of 2; trying to carve a path through the tide of washing and children's toys that stands between me and making beautiful things.

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