Saturday, March 12, 2011

Learning More



Last weekend I spent 3 days doing a course with the Amazing Patty Gray.

I learnt new techniques, refined a few old ones, and was inspired to get creating…

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These are the items I came home with, but I also come home with a head full of knowledge.   I got to use a lap grinder, diamond  saw and vitrigraph kiln , i learnt how to dam a piece, and also what not to do!  lol …


First up was a Strip Bowl

we cut strips of glass , using a strip cutter, and having a go at using the Mortons cutting system.  We could chose any colour combo and lay them out in any pattern.  as this piece was going to be at least 1/2 inch thick we were encourage to think of ways of showing depth,  I chose to place 3 “windows” with streaky glass placed at different levels .  I love the colour combo of blue and green and have used it b4, i interspersed it with some almond and clear.

To provide some contrast and focal points i placed rectangles of orange,  and layed some black stringers that had been made with the vitrigraph.


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THis was then fused, the edges ground and polished on the flat lap grinder and by hand, then slumped into a bowl mold.


I love the result ….

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Wonder what you think!???

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