Tuesday, April 15, 2014

iceberg, next in series

So, in studying icebergs, I learned that the color of the ice changes radically in different conditions. Hence, this new piece...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Iceberg II, next stage...

A lot of work remains for this next piece inspired by icebergs. I am interested in sandblasting it to get a glossy matte finish (that sounds like a contradition, yes? -- but it's possible), and I am also contemplating doing some engraving work on the bas relief area (overlapping the French vanilla and blue) to give it more depth...

Here is a detail shot:

Now it needs to sit for a while and tell me what it needs...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

kilnformed icebergs, continued

With the handy working title of Iceberg II, this piece was a bit of a disappointment as it emerged from the kiln...I am not over-the-moon about the bas-relief section -- a bit bland, even though I used several different powder colors (well, if and white and warm white are considered colors-- hmmm...there's the problem).

It is in for another firing now, after I added more "iceberg" to get a more compelling (mehopes) result -- more movement from the mounds of ice, replete with crevasses (I love that word).

                                                                             possible digital design for textile piece

I am taking oodles of photos which I hope to use to translate into designs for complementary textile works to exhibit with these pieces. I have visions of some installation textile pieces -- large swaths of fabric hither and yon -- which I hope will come to fruition.

It's all a delightful trip.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

kilnformed icebergs, next in order

Another iceberg experiment is about the emerge from the kiln...this photo is a little sneak peek, one section of a larger section that is part of two larger sections that...well, kind of like 'This is the House that Jack Built."

You can see some chemical reactions in this photo -- the shadow in the lower portion of the white is caused by the copper from the blue cavorting with sulphur from the French vanilla glass. You can also see a reaction line at the intersection of the white and French vanilla (bottom of white piece). And yes, I planned for these results!

Excitement abounds.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

playing with powder

A single layer of clear topped with various glass powders became a sweet experiment in vertical movement. The sheet was sliced and strips of opaline were placed in between. Some nice movement here, which gives me some keen ideas on future works...

Monday, March 17, 2014

experiment results, ice

What I learned: how to make bas relief two ways, how powder looks after different firing temperatures (both in texture and finish), what I do not want and (maybe) how to achieve what I want.

Now my challenge is to sally forth and try to create something really really fab. Or maybe just better than this piece. I am encouraged, and that's a good thing.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

experiments with icebergs

My experiments with expressing "iceberg" in glass continue. I used both opaline (a milky/white/kindaclear color) and cobalt blue powdered glass to build up another uneven layer on the base piece ("before firing") and fired it to a temperature of 1350 degrees. The glossy finish on the raised section was the result...but the "carved" powdered opaline did not come to a full tack (see the cracking in the first photo).

This is a dicey enterprise, as I don't want to get the piece hot enough to melt the iceberg (!) and lose that definition, but it has to get hot enough to fully melt the powder (ice).  Sounds like a global warming problem.

It's back in, now at a higher process (top) temperature, and I am crossing my fingers, limbs, lighting candles, and doing all things hopeful.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

fresh from the kiln

...a little detour from my Greenland diary series, although I might cut up the one on the left and explore the sea/ice possibilities...these are fresh out of the kiln, destined for future morphing.

Friday, February 21, 2014

experimenting with powdered glass

...ways to suggest snow/ice, using bas relief powder shapes...I might try it with various shades of white and blue...I made this black powder example at Pilchuck this summer, and have wanted to try it out ever since then.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

snow, maybe, fog, maybe, beauty, guaranteed

The anniversary of our Squaw Valley honeymoon is coming up, as is our annual celebratory trip to Yosemite. Probably not much snow right now, but the sights are spectacular under any conditions. ‪#‎Kodakmoments‬
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