I dunno if you’re aware out there but there is a bit of glass crisis… Spectrum 96 cullet is a thing of the past. What is Spectrum 96 cullet you ask? Spectrum is a glass brand, 96 is the coefficient rate of expansion… its the science behind melting glass and cullet is the glass chunks you melt down in the furnace to blow with. I have a full furnace of clear glass melting right now – like I said the last of the clear.
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday I will be using the rest of the precious clear glass and then charging the furnace with the recycled ugly glass until I can solve my glass dilemma.
If you have been in contact about memorial orbs this weekend is the weekend to make it happen – after I use the recycled glass, the glass will no longer be clear it will be a transparent steel blue in color and not idea for memorial pieces.
I plan on making urchins, sea stars and maybe a few other things… I am looking forward to the this weekend, the warmth, and just being home. Stay tuned for pictures!
I can’t stop making them! I have made purple ones, blue ones, green ones, even black! I can not stop! I have added some hangers to them so that they can be hung on the wall – I have adopted a few of them for my own wall… I might need a couple more!
Those of you who know me, know I took a couple years off from blowing. That didn’t stop me from watching youtube videos, following artists on facebook, and re-reading my college notes in attempt not to forget. During February I was back in the hotshop and as much as I loved it, it was difficult.
My ego was out of place, at the end of my time in the hotshop my pride was bruised. The defeat I feel some days in the hotshop is what brings me back – its the challenge. I am stubborn. I was not going to let this material win. Not yet anyway.
So this time I turned on the furnace – and I took a few steps back. I have been focusing on being on center. Perfect gathers. And precision. Slowing down, and listening. I refuse to be rushed and clumsy. These past few days have been amazing!
The Tidal Balls completed are beautiful, some have gold leaf flecks in them. I am so happy over a ball (All 60+ of them)! Not only is the color beautiful, but I paid attention to the chemistry of color, the heat in my glass, and bubble set up. Its all beginner – but I had to check my ego at the doors and take it step by step.
I remember whipping off the SeaStars like no ones business and now… UGH! They are small and heavy! I will not give up! I will update you with bigger, and better stars soon! Give me a couple days to master these first…
I have been having a fantastic vacation! I get up early, and warm up with the glory hole. I spend time with my puppies, and have an afternoon nap. I don’t want to go back to work!!!