Sarah and I are taking a class at VisArts as part of an effort to get a little social time, jump-start creativity, get out of our comfort zones, and learn something new. I believe our selection criteria had something to do with choosing something interesting that freaked us out *just a little* - not paralyzingly new, but not easy and safe. Neither of us had ever worked with glass and only had a vague idea what fusing and slumping were. Fusing, just in case you don't know, is heating pieces of glass until they melt together. Slumping is when you melt glass and let gravity shape it so that it slumps down (often into a mold) and keeps its new form when cool.
Aside from the fact that cutting glass is HARD and I kindof suck at it, the class is awesome, sore fingers notwithstanding. Sarah likes what she calls my eye for color. I envy her style choices and her ability to come up with designs in her head (and she does, despite whatever she thinks, have her own eye for color). We also usually go out for coffee or a bite afterwards, a nice girlfriend bonus after a couple of hours of unwinding while crushing frit.
Most of all, I like how this is part of my general shake-up during the past couple of years. I'm really enjoying being the me I want to be rather than the me I thought I was supposed to be.
Above: practice pieces made at the end of our introductory class - I included copper wire so that I could hang them.
Below: tiles from second class. Was supposed to be four 4" tiles but I was sleep-deprived (great when you're cutting glass, eh?) and didn't notice while cutting the first tile that my ruler was missing the first 1/2". I also totally lacked inspiration that week, had no vision/plan, and consequently kindof just slapped things together. I only really like #3, the stripey one with bright colors.
In the kiln:
3rd class: fused 7" circle to be slumped into 1" deep bowl
4th class: fused 10" circle to be slumped into plate mold; small suncatcher made in spare class time
If any of these really call to you, please let me know! I'm not sure what to do with all of this stuff!