Fused Glass Crackle Technique with Bob Leatherbarrow
|Ganges Harbor, Salt Spring Island|
I had been interested in learning more about working with powders, and specifically crackle, so I could incorporate it into my own work. Tutorials can be found on the internet for the crackle technique, and while I've read them, I've avoided experimenting. Partly because the tutorials are fairly rudimentary and partly because I felt if I were going to learn how to do crackle, I should learn how to do it right!
The week started off with a meet-n-greet on Sunday night at Bob and his wife/business partner Liesbeth's home. It turns out that the delicious carrot cake we enjoyed while getting to know everyone was just a precursor to the morning breakfast muffins and wonderful lunch-time meals that Liesbeth prepared each day. (I joked that I would take the class again just for the food!)
|Cracking it up!|
|Assembling the components|
on a pre-fused base
|Capped wafer and crackle|
ready for the first firing
|Assembling wafers and back wafer|
on pre-fused crackle base
|Cold worked and ready for slumping|
|Bob, in action!|
|Veined crackle, 9" sushis|
|Kiln full of crackle bowls!|
|Wafers ready for firing|
My finished bowls (6" blanks fired in Bullseye ball mold):
Bob is a great instructor who is very generous with his knowledge, and he and Liesbeth were fantastic hosts. In addition to this workshop, Bob also offers "Further Studies in Powder". I wasn't able to stay for this workshop that was offered the following week, but I have a feeling I'll be back to visit Bob, Liesbeth, and Salt Spring Island again some day!
Well, time to get cracking!
Workshop information: Powders: Colour, Components, and Crackle
Coldworking: Bullseye Educational Videos