|David Alcala, demonstrating sand painting|
David opened the class with a quick introduction, and then jumped right in to the first demonstration -- the basics of "sand painting". At the beginning of class we practiced with colored sand to get the feel of working with the sand and with the different techniques of pouring the sand into the glass frame to create desired effects.
|David's first demo nearly complete|
|"The Barbs" working intently on their practice pieces|
(my piece is in the foreground)
Once we watched the demo with sand, David showed us additional techniques using the "real-thing" (fine glass frit). Look at the vibrant colors in the piece. This will be a beautiful landscape.
|Sunset demo with glass frit|
|Working with Flexiglass to create|
|A Flexiglass frit sheet, ready to use|
|The class looks on during a demo|
|Finished pieces in the kiln, waiting|
to be fired.
|Hmm.. the tricky part is getting this to the kiln!|
|One of my pieces, almost ready for the kiln|
|Careful with that, Pat!|
I've tried to capture some of the highlights from our great day of learning and creating. If you want to learn more about David Alcala's techniques, check out his web site for videos, DVDs, and kits, as well as his upcoming schedule of classes.
I appreciate David's coming to Utah and sharing his knowledge with us, and also our gracious host Lori who provided a comfortable place to work, a tasty lunch, and snacks throughout the day (after all, creativity burns a lot of calories!).
|The class, with David Alcala|
|Kaleen's lovely piece offers a unique|
twist on one of the techniques
|Mary, the Guild's secretary extraordinaire|
A big thank you to Uroboros for supplying the glass used in our class!