Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Messier 83 - Spiral Galaxy

There are so many beautiful photographs of space and the inspiration for this bowl came from one of the Hubble telescope's photographs of Messier 83, a Spiral Galaxy. I changed up the color scheme and went for brighter colors than the original Hubble photo (it was mainly gray with a little bit of red and white). The thing that really intrigued me was the spiral. I wanted a graceful spiral and put my on 'spin' on it...so to speak. :D

For this piece I used a combination of various frit sizes, from coarse to medium to fine, trying to come up with the effect of the stars in this galaxy. At the end, I even added a little dichroic frit to create some sparkle, like a twinkling star. Unfortunately, that does not show up as well in this photo as it does in person.

This is one of the three entries I have for the Palmer Lake Fine Art Show coming up in another week. I have a pendant and earring set I need to finish wire wrapping that will also go in the show (along with Window to Another World).


SCJ Jewelry Design said...

Very cool. Love the spiral :)

Tracey Clarke said...

Ahhh... this is funky! I love it, Kathleen.

smellyrhinostudio said...

Awesome, Kathleen! recently our very special platter was broken after it fell off the wall. I would like to replace it one day.

I remember there was cobalt, reds and gold in it.

You do such beautiful work!

susan hong-sammons said...

just wondering if any of your bowls can stay outside all summer?

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Thanks Sandy...I knew you'd enjoy the spirals.

Thanks a lot Tracey!

Hi Rebecca, thank you so much.

Hi Susan, I've never tried leaving my bowls outside. I imagine they would be fine as I do have a glass bird bath that is much thinner than my bowls and it does fine. I anneal all of my glass for strength. I suspect the only thing that may cause a problem would be large hail...but that affects a lot of stuff. If you have more questions, I'd be happy to answer them...email me at kathleen(dot)krucoff[at]gmail(dot)com...
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