•February 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment
I’m really enjoying this Vitirgraph murrine!
Downloaded some new sounds (from Bleep!) for the occasion
The murrine I pulled and cut samples from the other day- I believe I already shared a photo but JIC here it is again
Pulled murrine. :)
Yesterday I tack fused some pieces to 3mm scrap glass, left over from the pulls.
Something really neato when pulling Vitrigraph cane is towards the end of the pot (full of glass) the cane start pulling out with a hollow core. Straws, or tubes. I managed to pull some thick enough to turn into beads or something.
The OAC grant is enabling me to take funds normally put towards rent (made from classes, sales) towards highly necessary/needed equipment! So, I purchased this saw…
Now I can make clean slices through the thicker murrine bundles, and really get this work moving forward!
Admittedly this saw is MASSIVE! It came with a stand, a kiddy pool :giggle: and everything necessary for making an incredible mess- I have it currently set-up (kind of) in the studio basement, which already suffers from water constantly running along the floor from snow melting outside, and a busted pipe from the upstairs tenants sink my landlady has yet to fix! :/ Not too happy about the state of the basement. Last year sewage erupted from a city pipe, the year before grass started growing along with mushrooms in one of the corners… this is why I am currently looking for a new ‘industrial’ studio space. Unless of course this basement gets an overhaul! (which seems unlikely).
Here are the fused pieces.. just tack fused with medium frit Just experiments. Now I’m setting up some murrine bundles and will fuse/tack fuse(?) them, slice, grind and slump, then build some various forms.
Stay tuned! Meanwhile, Here’s some more audio adventures for ya’s.
•February 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Sung to the tune of Technologic
glass stack!! Mink, warm white, elephant grey, red transparent striker, driftwood grey, white, tekta clear, black
pulled cane from above stack!
At last- the pulled murrine/cane! I’ve been mulling over ways of stacking these, tack fusing them and then trying a Vitrigraph pull …
Pulled murrine from stack above. :)
Having fun playing with colours! Next up: I am messing with the concept of CMYK/RGB and Pantone colours. Gonna stack in various order/percentages and see what comes out. Cheers!
Thank you to the Glass Art Association for their support and thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for their support! I greatly appreciate this opportunity!
•February 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Wikipedia: Cymatics (from Greek: κῦμα “wave”) is the study of visible sound and vibration, a subset of modal phenomena. Typically the surface of a plate, diaphragm, or membrane is vibrated, and regions of maximum and minimum displacement are made visible in a thin coating of particles, paste, or liquid. Different patterns emerge in the excitatory medium depending on the geometry of the plate and the driving frequency.
Using fine (Bullseye) glass powders I am conducting (haha) Cymatic experiments at nanopod studio.
Using a frequency generator app off my iPhone- which is attached to a speaker. The glass plate is vibrating to frequencies (22hz on up) and the particles are effected, creating various geometric patterns.
These patterns are them tack fused to the glass plates.
If I could get my hands on a Cymascope!
Writing on their website cymascope.comm co inventors John Stuart Reid and Erik Larson, explain: ‘If our eyes could see music we would not see waves, as is commonly believed, but beautiful holographic bubbles, with shimmering kaleidoscopic patterns on their surface.
Stay tuned for images of music in glass!
•February 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment
So tonight I’m pulling the first stack I set up of cut squares – actually the whole stack melted into a pool of colour but, we’ll see what happens! Hopefully the pot hasn’t busted!!
Meanwhile, here’s some stacks I’m getting ready for tomorrow!
the above stack I’m stacking lighter colours on the bottom fading into more of a monochrome. I have some transparent red that strikes to colour in the kiln… Not sure what will happen but I’ve giving it a go anyways.
Next pot is green:
Here’s some of the lovely green I managed to pull
Pulled a bunch from the green pot. This pull was different than the others- in that one (or more) of the colours was stiffer and effected the pulls, making them thicker. Which was a good thing!
The square stack pot (that melted all together) didn’t really pull out into bullseye patterns. And after maybe eight pulls the glass went immediately in to straw pulling mode. Oh! I forgot to mention, when you reach the end of a pot pull the glass starts pulling thin tubes, or straws kind cool but, not sure what I can do with them. They’re so thin.
Back to pulling!!
•February 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Last night I made my first successful vitrigraph murrine pull! Thanks to my beautiful assistant I was able to pull fifty cane all with various coloured concentric circles. AND there’s still more glass in the pot ready to be pulled!! Over the next weeks I intend to go nuts experimenting with different colour combos, tack fusing bundles, trying different stacks.
While I’ve been waiting for shipments – my mind has been flooding with stack ideas. Woo Hoo!
Here’s a pick showing some of the cane- cross section. Interesting how the same pot/stack yields different rings.
Huge shout out for their generous support!
•February 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Super excited to say- the kiln arrived!!
Today I set it up and fired ‘er up! Woo!
Murrine was pulled!
Happy to say the vermiculite board didn’t crack this time.
The stack worked and I pulled various bullseyes. I will share pics of those as soon as they’re cut!
For the pot fill/stack, I started by cutting a bunch of circles/discs.
3 inch on up to 6.5 inch.
Stacked exactly as shown in the image, the pull was red in the center, off white and grey and gradually went plum on the outside to black in the center. Super cool! I have tons of stack ideas.
I plan on fusing different colours, cutting them and stacking. Bundling murrine, tack fusing and pulling.
I pulled over fifty cane, all approximately 20″ in length.
And still have plenty of glass left in the pot. Looking forward to tomorrow and pulling more!!
Thanks for visiting!
Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council and the Glass Art Association of Canada for their support!
•February 7, 2014 • 4 Comments
So, this is on it’s way
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get the AF138 operational as a Vitrigraph kiln.
The Caldera is made for Vitrigraph!
It arrives tomorrow so, I can get the show on the road!! Speaking of getting the show on the road..
I just received word this afternoon that I was awarded the OAC’s Craft Projects: Creation & Development grant!!! I am stunned. In shock and feel like (what I imagine) it would be like to win the lottery.
Grateful and hugely thankful for this opportunity!!
Thank you to the jurors!!
This year of the horse is starting out well.