One of the really interesting techniques we learnt last week was powder printing onto glass with Ruth Oliphant, who was mentioned in my post last week. Check out her impressive work here. Although Ruth is not formally part of the GLINT project, she has been incredibly informative and supportive to us all, and so it was a great opportunity to test out printing onto both float and Bullseye glass with different glass powders.
|Ruth Oliphant showing an example of glass powder printing at CGW.|
|Photo of a building exposed onto a photographic silk screen ready for printing.|
|One of the printed powder tests, two screens, two colours, plus a lighter overlay|
|And here Ruth has played around with multiple printings for a layered look.|
|My printed samples waiting to be fired in the kiln|
|And here they are! Some of you may recognise my tea-towel designs now on glass.|
|Here is a close-up of the printed float glass tests I did with Ruth's powder.|
|My first two icebergs sitting on a piece of grey crystal loaned by Spike|
|Ha ha...my clay icebergs under wraps until I get around to making the moulds around them|
Rayzist is a very familiar process for most screen printers, so I quickly exposed some of the film and set about cutting it up to shape around an old glass decanter that was destined for the op shop.....
|The Rayzist protective film is blue, the transparent areas will be sandblasted|
Deb also gave us some insight into how she produces her slumped works so evocative of Antarctic waters or skies. First of all she makes all her glass rods in the hot shop, then lays them out in the kiln before firing them, which can take days due to the amount of glass in each panel.
|Debra Jurss preparing some of her wonderful glass panels at CGW|
|Debra Jurss - evocative of the Antarctic landscape. Photo courtesy Debra Jurss|
|George Agius "Sprinkles Glasses" with spoon....delicious with ice-cream.....|
And yet there is more excitement this week...! George booked a slot in the hot shop for Nicci, Luke and I to actually try our hand at blowing glass....it is so much harder and hotter than it looks (and quite a bit scarier too....). The last few photos for this week show George teaching how to gather glass from the furnace, shape it and blow it into various UFO's which will no doubt become treasured garden ornaments...or paperweights....or.....
This week has been far too much fun and lots of hard work, so stay tuned to find out how things have cooked in the kiln next week.
|George heating her glass in the glory hole|
|After shaping my glass its time to "jack-off"! The glass is then taken over to the annealing kilns.|
|Luke flies solo shaping his UFO....|