Multi faceted TA that I am, today I was on the other side of the exhibit hall helping Sam with a full class for Twist and Shout. I was thrilled to find both bead makers and fusers expanding there skill set with this workshop.
This weekend is plate making at
Wired Designs Workshop. I will be working with students as they learn to create
functional plates, platters, bowls and other glassware. We’ll design our own
flat glass pieces on Saturday. On Sunday students will learn to cold work and
slump their glass into original serving pieces. Topics covered include: mold
preparation, firing schedules, cold work, and annealing. Here is one of the
demos from my last plate making workshop. Wonder what I'll do this time. Guess
I should start thinking about that.
Today was Bead I at Dream Fire Glass Studio. In the spirit of St. Patrick's day all my beads were green. I used opaque and transparent spring green, jade, mineral green, adventurine, and Sam's new rolling in clover frit blend. It just seemed fitting, not to mention fun.
I took this shoot a few weeks back while visiting the Japaneses Tea Garden. I was staring though my view finder when I had a sudden feeling of familiarity. Only it was exactly deja vu. It was more like deja "you". It wasn't like I had been here before or done this before. It was a thought of someone. I as still very much in a new experience while at the same time, for brief moment, I heard a distinctly recognizable voice. I smiled, cause I had heard it all before. I'm sure there is a more appropriate physiological term for this type of memory. But deja "you" works too don't you think?
The Carnahan Elementary School Art Walk was last week. This was my 4th year participating. I was thrilled to see the continued growth of the event and the children's excitement at being exposed to so many artists in a variety of media. I bumped into several good friends from both the San Antonio Glass Art Guild (SAGAG) and the San Antonio Calligraphy Guild (SACG). Always so but particularly in this day and age of decreasing school budgets, it is important that we do what we can in our local communities to promote the arts and art education.
I had the right size flame for an elementary school event. Using my little butane torch I bent 2mm strands of glass into spirals just as outlined in the tutorial in the SAGAG cookbook. This is a great demo to discuss the role of science as we work with heat control and gravity to achieve our desired results.
Right next to me children were taking turns trying their hands on a potters wheel. I thought Juliet did great for her first time. Craftmanship must just run in the family. Great job kiddo!
It has just been announced that Saturday's Luminaria festivities are being postponed. In light of our current weather, I am somewhat releaved. Keep you eyes on the Luminaria website for updated information. and I'll keep you posted on Glass Alley's roll in any rescheduled event. -
With all my time at the torch, I have acquired quite the assortment of twisted canes. It was time to put some of these components to work. So, I decided to create some colorful kilnformed pieces featuring these flame worked elements. Here they are going in for their first firing.
I always loved how cooking shows on television could put in an an uncooked chicken and at the same time pull out the finished product. Inspired by the "magic of television" here are those same pieces just out of the kiln after their second firing.
Luminaria - San Antonio's Annual Celebration of Art and Artist Downtown San Antonio, Texas
March 10, 2012
Get ready for GLASS ALLEY! The San Antonio Glass Art Guild (SAGAG), Society of Artisan Lampworker in San Antonio (SALSA), Brothers of the Flame, and Larry West are all back for this years Luminaria celebration of the arts. Glass Alley will include glass blowing demonstrations by Larry West's from his mobile glass blowing unit, flameworking demonstrations of glass bead making, and performances by The Brothers of the Flame.