I will be in the hotshop from February 15 – 19.
I met with a beautiful couple yesterday, Tuesday @ 10. We met online – they were looking for someone to help commemorate the memory of two loved ones.
I am always anxious, especially because of what I do, the importance and responsibility that goes with making these glass orbs.
At first meeting I felt an immediate connection, my heart filled with love, and of hurt learning of the losses they had experienced. We spent a few hours together, we talked, laughed, and I made quite a few orbs for the family. What an honor to say the least! I always say my thanks when I leave the hotshop for the night – and again when I open my annealer doors in the morning. The orbs this morning were sparkly and bright. It made my day meeting this couple.
These are the newsprint ash prototypes I blogged about the other day… these are cooled off and at room temperature. I think for newsprint ash they turned out pretty good!
Today I had the pleasure of meeting two wonderful ladies that chose the glass orbs to remember their loved ones by.
I invited both ladies into the hotshop and involved them as much as I could in the process.
The glass orb in the photo is one using color frit and creating a bit of a swirl. I cannot wait to see both orbs, they looked beautiful hot!
Yesterday I wanted to put together prototypes of glass orbs – so at 6:30am yesterday I stood in the yard with a bowl, paper, and a torch. The paper ash turned out ok, and gives a better idea of what to expect. I also played with orb size; the first attempt with just the paper ash was of 3 gathers and the colored one was of two gathers. Both sizes are good, and I think I will offer either. As I was making the prototypes – I attempted some photos. Finished, cooled off photos still to come.
I also tried the same “paper ash” with a green colored frit. I manipulated the glass, color, and paper ash quite a bit, which really adds a swirl and bubbles to it. I found I couldn’t see the “ash” in it at all. Again – finished photos to come.