Thursday, November 26, 2009

Slumping

The second class at the Crucible was focused on slumping. The idea behind slumping is to heat the glass so that it softens and slumps, adopting the shape of whatever it is laying on. I focused again mostly on experimenting, to get a sense of what to expect, and produced two pieces:

The two pictures below illustrate how the technique works. The 3 layers of waves under the boat have been created by stacking up 3 layers of thick fiber under the transparent glass pane, and the outline of the snail uses the same technique.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Fusing, session 1

I took my first class in glass fusing & slumping last week, at the Crucible. The 3 pieces below are the result – they are all metal inclusions (copper) between sheets of glass. It’s a totally new material for me, so I wanted to try different textures, to see how each came out, and if there were differences.

One aspect of the process I am not used to yet is the lack of immediacy. We create our pieces, and put them in the kiln, where they cook up and cool down for the next day or so – so I really don’t know how things will play out, at all, until the week after, when I come for the next class. It’s a long delay to get a sense for what works and what doesn’t.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Cyclo

Funny to see one of these in San Francisco, when in Vietnam, they were considered an outdated reminder of the colonial era…

cyclo