Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Diary of an Exhibitionist #2

Wow, where does the time go?  I'll tell you, into planning and working things out!  This is a bit of a quick post and run - hopefully I might have a few images to put up later this week.

So, where am I up to?  I've spoken to Mark at Steelcraft Fabrications, who's kindly going to make my metal framework.  Poor chap, put him through the mill about with all my crazy ideas.... I wanted to do some sort of helix type affair, but when he did a mini mock-up for me, it wasn't so easy as I'd envisaged (bear in mind I am not a welder!)  - I realised that, with that kind of complex structure, it would take a lot more planning and designing than I now have time for.  I've got to rely on Mark's considerable skill and experience for him be able to create this framework for me without having the final glass panels to work with... not an easy task!

I've been a silly billy and done my usual thing - allowed time for the *making* yeah yeah, I know how long my mould making takes, etc, but I forget to factor in how many times I need to put the kiln on - chances are, the glass is going to be ready only a few days before the whole piece has to be delivered, so, we're working a bit blind on the frame.

With this in mind, I think I will go back to the original idea of keeping it quite simple - of course, I am not easy to please, because, whilst I want this lovely metal frame making, I don't want it to be the main part of the finished piece, if you get what I mean?  I am an glass artist, not a metal sculptor.  So poor Mark, has got to make me something that holds the glass how I want, isn't too overbearing, but is good and strong, all without having the glass to work with (mind you, he says he doesn't actually WANT the glass in his workshop, he might break it - that WOULD cause me to panic!)

So, what else?  Well, as I said, hopefully pictures soon, but talking to a colleague the other day and she reminded me of the beauty of using clear glass - so I think I will be going back to that, rather than the coloured panels.

Again, it's a slightly practical solution too - I haven't got time to make up a maquette to make sure the colours would work with each other - and I am also enjoying the experimenting with enamels to colour the clear glass - here's an early sample:

Using similar texture making techniques as I have done with the coloured glass, but using lovely clear instead, and adding touches of colour.  Decision made!!

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