|10" bowl -- my "prize creation" for the week|
I talked a friend into going with me this year, and our flight arrived in Vegas in time to check into the room, get a quick lunch, and attend our first class. It was a screen melt class taught by Dennis Brady of Victorian Art Glass in Victoria, Canada (http://www.vicartglass.com). A screen melt is where glass is piled on top of a stainless steel screen, suspended above the kiln shelf, and the glass is fired to a high enough temperature so that it flows through the screen and onto the kiln shelf below. The technique results in unique and interesting glass that can be used in another project. We made a small 6" round melt. After the melts were constructed and ready for the kiln, Dennis shared a lot of glass fusing "tidbits". I came away with a few pages of useful notes and a screen melt that I plan to work into a small bowl or tray.
|Screen melt, before firing|
|Screen melt, after firing|
Thursday's class was a full day of learning new techniques using various materials. The class, called Functional Art Glass Using Frit, Scrap, and Paint, was conducted by Rosalind Stanton (if you have a Facebook account, search for Rosalind there) and assisted by Debbie Patana. "Roz" is an enthusiastic and entertaining instructor, who, in what seemed like a matter of minutes, created a stunning mountain landscape with pine trees blanketed in snow, by brushing on Glassline paints, sprinkling frit, and adding accents of glass cut with tile nippers. Our main project used this technique, and we also did sample squares using mica powders; brass, copper screen, and copper foil; and iridized glass. It was a fun day of "creating with abandon" that gave me a new appreciation for using Glassline paints and frit in fused glass work.
|Creations from Roz's class|
|All created in one class (plus the bowl!)|
The class was entitled Advanced Fused Glass Bowls. A 10" fused glass bowl was the main project, but we also constructed a 6" square combing, a fused glass mosaic, two different pattern bars, a small pyramid, a fused glass box, and a small piece with Glassline paints using fiber paper for relief. Patty demonstrated all these techniques, along with frit painting, use of mica powders, strip cutting, circle cutting, and cutting circular borders. Flat laps, grinders, and diamond hand pads were demonstrated and used for finishing the edges of the 10" bowl prior to its second firing to slump it. On Sunday, when I went to retrieve my bowl and a few other projects that had fired overnight, the bowl was so beautiful that I almost cried ;). The bowl, my "prize creation", is shown at the top of this post.
|Before firing and combing|
|After firing and combing -- one of my favorite pieces|
|Once the pyramid is cold-worked (shined up),|
it will rival the Luxor! (ha!)