When we were out at the Salado Glassworks last year, owner and master glass artist Gail Allard recommended that I look into classes at Blue Moon Glassworks (which, as it happens is five minutes from my house) - so that's exactly what I did.
Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting about my classes - and hopefully - ideas for incorporating fused glass into my jewelry.
We started with a very simple impression project - and a technique know as kilnforming - cutting shapes out of a heat resistant fiber board, and then placing the glass over the form before firing.
I decided to stick with a motif that I am familiar with - Texas and hearts. I've learned that - especially in the beginning - it's important to keep designs simple. I cut out the Texas and a small heart, and we glued them to a piece of special paper that doesn't stick to the glass when firing, and then placed two sheets of glass - one clear and one colored - on top before fusing. The result is an impression glass plaque - suitable for hanging in a window.
The second project was more involved - requiring cut pieces of colored glass to create a design on a six inch square. Our instructor advised us to have a good idea of what we wanted to do before class.
I have long loved the work of Dutch abstract artist Piet Mondrian - so I went looking for a simple example of his work to use for my design. With a quick Google search I found exactly what I was looking for.
To get the look I wanted, I started with a black base and colored opaque glass for the top layer. I cut and arranged the squares so that black lines would show through after the pieces fused together.
I am thoroughly delighted with the end result!
I'm also excited about learning new things - there are three more weeks in the introductory class, and I've already signed up for my first open studio.
Stay tuned as I start to experiment with ideas for incorporating glass projects into my jewelry.
Until next time.