I like to learn new things and I love taking classes to learn new skills. You may remember that pine needle basket class that I took in January. Several years ago Mom and I took a stained glass class that we enjoyed a lot. With both of those, I love the class and enjoyed the technique but couldn't really see myself really investing in either hobby.
When my friend, Lora, and I took the basket class we decided that we would like to take more classes together and decided on a fused glass class. She is already a talented stained glass artist but had not done any fused glass. When a local studio opened a fused glass class for November we sighed right up!
This class is a little more dangerous for me because I already know that I love fused glass as I've been collecting it for years. I have art glass all over the house and it is rivaled only by my pottery collection.
Class meets every Tuesday night and this is my first project that I made last week! It's only 6" square but I was happily surprised to arrive at class last night and find out that my projects turned out OK!
I layered various colored glass pieces onto a clear base. The shop (Jomoco Studios in Richmond) did the tricky part of firing and slumping and I couldn't be happier whit my very first project.
Each week we are learning 2 - 3 new techniques. So I'll have a few more projects to share next week.
The other project that I made last week was a pendant lamp for my sister-in-law to hang in her remodeled kitchen....whenever my brother gets it done. (Carol, I think you are going to like it! I am so happy with the way it turned out and I think it's going to go with your new tiles really well.)
As for this project, I don't know if I will keep it or give it as a gift. For now I have it by the front door to hold my keys.
Meanwhile, I am pricing kilns. I really could get into doing this in a big way....but never as big as sewing and quilting!