TLG’s got the Blues

Not the sad blues! I charged the furnace with every piece of glass I could find that didn’t work out or scraps from the pipes of any colour including white, black, green, pink… any colour I have ever worked with in the hot shop I saved in buckets just for this week.

To charge the furnace you have to heat the glass up to 530 degrees to keep it from blowing up in the furnace and damaging the elements. This is all the recycled glass from the buckets – its an all day event.

I ended up with 8 big buckets of glass that really should have gone into the garbage but to glass blowers – glass is precious.  It is expensive and is coveted.  As a result all the glass in the furnace is now blue.  A beautiful transparent blue that makes for great castings.

If given the choice I would rather sand cast over blowing any day.  Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind making balls and jelly fish but the casting – there is no comparison really.
Barnacles and an oyster shell from the first day of casting – beautiful blue right?!

Because the castings are so thick it takes longer to come down in temperature – the wait is approximately 2 days.  But oh so worth it!
Photo credits and video credits go to by brother Dakota… my family, my assistant, my rock.

A Nanoose kind of fun!

Art in the Garden this past weekend in Nanoose Bay was amazing.  If felt so good to not only prepare the weeks prior but to set up our tables and arrange our artworks for people to view and talk about with just felt – well natural.  It felt like home.  It is what we do.  What we are meant to do.13619883_10153737900192285_1810350888920723223_n
Vicki’s Driftlines were a success.  This was the second showing for them and the response from the public was so encouraging and rewarding.  She even took it a step further and incorporated sandcasting made by yours truly.

The Jelly fish were a hit.  And the tidal balls as usual.  My favorite though was the sandcasting burl my father put together.   13619997_10153737900517285_522226668037173290_nThank you for all that came to say hello and support me and Mother! Thank you to Leslie for such an awesome and successful venue.  Beautiful scenery and talented artisans that made our weekend a memorable one!