So, as you can see, it has been quite a while between posts, which can only mean one thing in my experience....complete overload of making work and no time or energy left to sit on the computer. My apologies, but hopefully you will understand when you see how much work has been accomplished.
In my last post I left you with some tantalising images of work not yet sandblasted, a ready-made carafe and a small glass disc. I exposed some images onto a photographic film and adhered them to the objects ready to take down to the sandblaster. I was doubtful that the intricacy of the design would work but you can see here for yourself. The frosted parts are the sandblasted design on clear glass.
|Sandblasted carafe with more icebergs in the distance|
|This very intricate design sandblasted well to my surprise|
|2 of the 6 slides I had digitally printed (75 x 25cm)|
As a starting point for the design I used Dr Christine Cargill's SEM images of Phaeoceros spores, together with some artwork I made for textiles from the Generate exhibition about Charles Darwin. I chose these images to see how well the details reproduced and to get something very quickly to the printers....luckily, because they took 4 weeks to arrive back...not speedy enough when you've only got a 6 week residency, but at least now I know the timeline for getting glass printed. And below is the image that I have sandblasted carefully after the printing. I think it looks fantastic and is definitely the way I will be pursuing the new work in the future.
|Mega-slide with sandblasted top and front|
Apart from the digital printing and sandblasting, I was also inducted into the Cold-working area to enable me to finish off my pieces once they had been cast, blown or fused. I had a mentor, Peter Nilsson, who is a terrific teacher and has a keen eye for scratches, irregularities and symmetry. His work is also fantastic, so intricate and imaginative with enormous attention to detail. You can see his work here - he is a specialist in engraving and coldworking.
|Grinding the edges of one of my icebergs under Peter's watchful eye!|
|You must develop strong thighs from all the squatting...|
|The wax seed pods are prepared for casting.|
|They are covered in about 4 layers of plaster silica and a final layer of PSG|
|Two moulds of 4 seeds each, one with aqua crystal, the other clear.|
OK this is a long post, but bear with me because it is about 4 weeks worth! The final images I want to share with you are some finished pieces that involve the glass printing, fusing and slumping to make some cute plates bowls and maybe even wall plaques.
So, that wraps it up for the GLINT residency, but I haven't finished my work at the CGW just yet!! Lots of cold-working and sandblasting to do, and lots more ideas to work through. A few of us are keen to get our steps to induction in a few other areas, so we will be in and out of the Glassworks for some time to come. Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the CICF for enabling me to fully enjoy the GLINT residency and to try out new materials and techniques - and thanks also to the Canberra Glassworks and Megalo Print Studios for organising such a wonderful project.
|Eucalyptus buds design printed in two colours on 2 glass sheets then fused together and slumped|
|Very fine 2mm glass printed and later slumped into a cute bowl|
|Two 2mm discs printed with "woodgrain" design|
Last of all, but not least....to all my fellow GLINTies....you guys ROCK! Hope we catch up in the future and perhaps there will be a group exhibition further down the track.