Thursday, May 9, 2013
Art Club: Glass Plates
For the last few weeks, my art club has been working on lots of glass plates to sell at our art show. This is going to be our major fundraising event for our field trip. We will also be selling our boondoggle as well. The art show is slowly creeping up on us...this year it will be on May 21st, budget vote night.
This particular student wanted to do a version of Starry Night...
The top two plates are my creations...
It's been a slow process getting them all fused and slumped...I can only do one large plate at a time with a few small plates.
One of our experiments are coral bowls. I found this pin on Pinterest and I decided to experiment with the students. My finished bowl is on the right, and one of the bowls that has not been fused is on the left. We didn't quite follow the steps exactly from the pin, but pretty closely. I have a box of Wasser glass (I think that's the brand) that I tried using with the Amaco glass last year, but with bad results. The COE for both types of glass was the same, but I think because the brands were different, they didn't fuse very well together. My test plate had a lot of holes and air bubbles in it. I decided to try using the Wasser glass for these coral bowls...if it didn't work, it wouldn't feel like as much of a waste as if we used the Amaco glass, which I always have positive results with.
Basically all we did was cut up a 6"x6" piece of glass into strips and then layer them on top of each other. Some students added some extra color using noodles and stringers. It's been a slow process firing these, but they're looking pretty cool!