Working in glass is a lot like dyeing fabric. Sometimes things go exactly as planned. Sometimes, not so much.
This was a not so much day.
When I first opened the kiln I was thrilled to see this piece. It’s 5” x 10” and (IMHO) beautiful.
It slumped better that anything has ever slumped in this mold. Look at that nice sharp corner!
Not so fast missy! From the back things aren’t so good. The transparent glass parts are fine but kiln wash stuck to the back of the opaque pieces.
“Bummer” wasn’t the word I used but it will do for the blog.
I think I can save this by sanding off the kiln wash and refiring it. We will see.
I slumped these 2 soap dishes at the same time. They turned out just fine so I don’t know what the difference is. In fact the reddish mottled piece on the right side of the purple soap dish is the same glass as the center section of the red dish. The soap dish is fine so the problem must have something to do with the way I prepared the mold for the larger dish.
I do love this little dish. It’s got lots of depth to it. It’s made from leftover pieces from my last suncatcher.
I think I’ve reached a point where I need some expert guidance for my glass work so I’m going to take a fused glass class at Visual Arts this fall. I’m glad I signed up early because my class is full already! I am not surprised, the instructor is really talented. Take a look at some of Jude Schlotzhouer’s work on her website. She should be able to help me improve my cutting and firing skills!