Thursday, August 28, 2008

fused glass platter

This is a platter, done in the same firing as the last 2 posts. The mold for slumping the plate was created out of clay by my friend, and I really love the shape and depth of it. It's very hard to photograph glass, and the white parts you see are actually transparent.

Friday, August 22, 2008

fused glass tiles

These are 4" x 4" fused glass tiles that I made. I did 2 sets... thinking that I might use them as coasters. But now I'm not sure what I will do with them... I just love them and wish I had enough of them to tile my kitchen backsplash! They take quite a long time to make, and you're never quite sure of the outcome. I love when the kiln is first opened and you get a peek at your new creations!

Monday, August 18, 2008

fused glass bowl

While visiting friends last weekend, I got the chance to try some glass fusing. This is my first piece ever, and I think it's okay. (The white background is because I photographed it on white... the glass is actually clear). It's not hard to do but you need a kiln, glass cutting tools and of course the right kind of glass. My friend who has been doing it for a while, gave us a crash course... and I think I'm hooked! Stay tuned for more pieces in the days to come.

Monday, August 11, 2008

multicolour lamp

A friend gave me this old ceramic lamp base. It was originally plain white with a few thin light blue stripes. I took it apart, removed all the wiring, and painted the base with some porcelain paints. I then baked it in the oven to harden the glaze, waited until it cooled down to rewire the whole thing, bought a lampshade, and it now graces my front entrance way!

Friday, August 8, 2008

small red mosaic top table

I found this red table for sale at a liquidation department in a well known chain store. It was cheap and not very attractive... but the top had an inlaid mirror. I knew that if I could crack out the mirror it would make a great base for some mosaic work. When I got it home, I realized that it wasn't glass mirror, but some form of unbreakable plexiglass, and try as hard as I could... it wouldn't crack! So... I just did the mosaic right on top of the plexi... and I think it looks fabulous!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

3 blue and white vessels

These were done recently in a pottery class I'm taking. I don't usually go for these colours, but I was experimenting... Separately, they seem a little boring...they are quite small and thick (I still have a lot of practicing to do) but they look quite nice as an ensemble on my bathroom counter!