Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Chugach Optional Elementary ~ Kids & Glass Project

Here's a sneak peek at the finished glass panels
created by the students at Chugach Optional Elementary.
They are color coded starting with Kindergarten (yellow)
through to the twelfth panel designed by the staff.
Each panel is approximately 15" X 20".
A total of 25 square feet of glass!


 I like the progression in complexity.
We will be celebrating the completion of this project this
Friday in the school library.
Our students artists & parents will be there to share & enjoy the exhibit.
A special performance by the school drumming group will also
"drum in" this student collaboration!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Progression of a Fused Glass Panel ~ Post Firing

Here's a few post firing shots of
"Garage Floor Flowers"
glass panel.

Post firing, I noticed that I forgot to put more of the striker yellow flowers
in the left quadrant & the upper mid-right area.
I guess I got my orange & yellow strikers mixed up ~
JUST what I warned the elementary students about
during my Artist in Residence gig.
I have a bunch of bugs that I cast in glass a while ago ~
maybe I should add them with ultra-violet light/glue?
Hmmm....more to think about between other jobs.
Back to the studio!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Progression of a Fused Glass Panel ~

I think I'm finished with the design & layout.
I added more fractures/confetti, stringer & layers of transparent glass.
It's in the kiln.
Big reveal tomorrow!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Progression of a Fused Glass Panel ~ Kids & Glass

It's spring break & I'm trying to plan activities for my 9 year old.
It's not all about "mine craft" & iTunes, bud!
It's also about keeping to the schedule of daily chores, practicing piano,
walking Cokie, & working on a few art projects with Mommy.
During the process of unpacking glass from my guest artist gig,
I dropped a pack of glass on the concrete floor of my studio.
OK ~ an opportunity arises for Will & I to create a glass panel from the spoils.
Here's a series of 10 photos of what we've worked on over the
last two days. I don't think we're done.
There's probably another post or two in this process?
Preliminary layout with a few broken pieces.

The clear, yellowy looking pieces are striker orange.
Meaning that they'll strike, or turn color, to a bright orange upon heating.

Adding a little more greenery.

William thinking.
Contemplating the design.
He likes to move pieces around & re-design.
I tend to look at the overall design, take pictures on my iphone, visualize it in my mind
& then move everything around in one swoop.
William's design method... move everything around, then back, then move it again,
move it again, and again, and again....BLAH!!!

Placing white under some transparents.

Adding greenery & accents.

Filling in.

More is better!

Getting close ~!