Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Glass Painting


So, I'm de-stashing supplies in my studio & I came across a whole box of

I bought them over 10 years ago.  Yikes~!
I only experimented a little & I didn't have a lot of success.
Due to my production schedule I don't have a lot of time to experiment
with new processes so back to the shelf they were sent.

I've been working with float glass recently so I thought I'd pull the
GlassLine Paints back out & experiment a little as I had some room in the kiln.

~  Here's a few examples ~


The Flowers piece above was outlined in black paint & then fired. This is a traditional
glass technique called "tracing."  After the black tracing was fired I applied the colored
glass paint inside the lines.  One thing I learned is that the paint has to be thinned quite
a bit with water.  Thinning helps it to "pool" & "flow" into the space.
I'm working on the reverse side of the glass.



Here's another attempt at the reverse painting.
Tracing in black paint & then filling in with colors.
A little more success with shading & blending some of the paint which is hard
to do when you're working on the reverse side of the glass.


Here's another piece that was created by fusing glass together & then
applying the tracing & masks/matting.  Masking is thin layers
of enamels applied over the glass in layers, allowed to dry, & then
removed with sgraffito technique to reveal the colors below.

It's a long process with multiple firings in the kiln.  GlassLine looks
best to me when it's fired at a full fuse of 1500 degrees.  At this temperature
the float glass also has nice rounded edges & a shinny finish.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Holiday Shopping In The Studio

Join me December 17th 
at ARTMOSHPERE STUDIO

10 to 5 pm
501 West 41st Unit D
(Arctic Business Park)
for last minute gifts, glass art & torch demo ~!

Local glass artists including:
JoEllen Vice, Michelle Pearson, Liz Langley, 
Kim Johnson, & Joy McLaurin.

Art, Gifts & Treats to Snack On....
What could be better?


Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 Gift Shows

I'm madly preparing for the January Wholesale Markets.

In Anchorage ~ The Alaska Gift Show
at the Denaina' Convention Center.

January 7th ~ 3pm to 7 pm
January 8th ~ 9 to 5 pm
January 10th ~ 9 to 4 pm


In Seattle ~ The Seattle Gift Show
at the Seattle Convention Center.

January 22 ~ 9 to 5 pm
January 23 ~ 9 to 5 pm
January 24th ~ 9 to 5 pm
January 25th ~ 9 to 3 pm

If you're a retail buyer I'll look forward to seeing you soon!
Happy New Year!





Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Studio Finds

Sometimes cleaning out the studio leads to some interesting finds.
 
Pulling out a box, deep inside a cabinet,  I found a stack of
painted tiles that I made ohhhhh......
probably 10 or more years ago!
 
 
 

 
When my son was little I painted & glazed a number
of tiles & inset them in furniture.

 
Here's the salmon stool that we still use in the bathroom.
Maybe I'll fix up the glazes in a some of these, re-fire, &
inset in furniture.  My son has moved pass "Bugs & Kisses"
but I haven't ~ I miss the baby days ~!

Monday, November 23, 2015

New Work for Holiday Shows ~!

Join me for a holiday sale at the
UAA CRAFT FAIR
 
Saturday, December 5th from 10 to 5pm.
 
UAA Student Union
University of Alaskan, Anchorage
 
 
I'll have some new embossed glass pieces including Green Man,
Dragonflies, Leaves, & other patterns.
These are available in platters, coasters & window / wall art. 


See you there ~!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Honey Bee Tiles ~

Being a beekeeper is a passion.
It's a blend of science & art.
 

I'm contemplating a few new venues in 2016 so it's time to work on some new designs.
Often, new designs start with a sketch or a drawing.
Sometimes I paint but lately I've returned to my clay roots. 
Clay is nice because I can work 3 dimensionally & if I'm successful I'll be able to use the clay as a mold or cast it in plaster for future casting.
 
 
 
Here's a beginning clay tile taking shape.

 
Bisque (post firing),
 
 
Wet glaze ~ Pre firing.

 
6X6" tile post firing.  Transparent green glaze.
The transparents are cool as they pool into the textures & add another dimension.