Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Columbine Plate - After 1st fusing

Well, I'm undecided. I know this picture doesn't show the depth of the flowers. They are encased in about 1/2" of clear glass. I'm not sure if something is missing and I need to do more to this or not.

It may be hard to see, but a couple of the clear glass chips, slid as the fusing process started and caught on the edge of the fiber dam (top, left of center). No real problem as I can saw them off and then work on all the edges in the coldworking process.

Right now I'm kind of going "hmmmmm".... not sure. It may need some tweaks. I do like creating these thicker pieces. They may lend themselves to something even more abstract so I can work the stringers into the different layers of clear glass. Definitely undecided.

**************** A couple of hours have past since I posted this and now I'm certain, this is one of those things that I just need to chalk up to a learning experience. I don't like the way the flowers turned out; they needed to fuse more completely. And the layering of other colors amongst the pieces needs to happen. That being said, I will not go any further with this piece and it will probably be turned into stringers (mixed with other colors) to become part of another piece. It's ok, sometimes things like this happen and that's how we learn and grow. ***********


Sharmon Davidson said...

This happens to me all the time. When a piece gets "all bouggered up" as I call it, I just cut it up and recycle the pieces for collage. I was wondering what you would do with glass all that glass, but I see it's similar. This surprised me, I guess because I know nothing about working with glass. But you're right; mistakes are the best teachers.
By the way, the Neptune bowl is gorgeous!

Kathleen, a Glass Artist said...

Thanks Sharmon,

Sometimes it's just best to move on and realize what needs to change with the next effort.

Fortunately, I have some design ideas and color combinations in my minds eye...which I think will come to fruition this weekend.

Glad you like the Neptune is one of my favorites too. :)