Wednesday, December 11, 2013
It all started with the movie Pollyanna when she hung the crystal prisms to make rainbows. My parents had a furniture store and they didn't take too kindly to me taking off the crystals from the lamps. I did find my own prisms in various places. As an elementary teacher, they were always in the windows of the classroom.
This morning, while in the studio I looked up at a necklace and earrings and wondered why has that one not found a home? I put down a white paper background and there was a rainbow!
Friday, December 6, 2013
A few weeks ago, the kiln had a problem. The wires in the control panel caught on fire. The smell lasted for quite awhile. I contacted the company I bought the kiln from and they referred me to the manufacturer. I called them and they were closed early on Friday. This was about 4:30 on Friday and the next week was a holiday craft show. The kiln was about two weeks out of warranty. I mailed the part and waited to find out what the problem was. I called the company. It had only happened once before and was a problem with the part itself. They sent me a new one at no charge. It arrived a few days later. And the kiln has been working very well since then. A special thank you to Jen-Ken and the Delphi Glass. They have fantastic customer service folks.
I opened the kiln this morning after it had cooled down to about 70 degrees. Inside was the bird of peace flying against a blue sky background. It is the joy of working with Bullseye 90 glass, what an incredible art glass. Peace is ready for the Holiday Open Studio on Sunday.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
It has been an interesting time in the studio creating these melted crayon ornaments. After five tries, I have finally decided the best way to get the crayons into the glass balls. Some of the ways that were not so useful include a potato peeler, a grater, and a pencil/crayon sharpener to shave the crayons.
I will be teaching a class at Norton Parks and Recreation Center on December 5 and December 19 on melted crayon ornaments. The class on December 5 is filled and there are actually some folks in the December 19 class. The cost is $10 to make two ornaments with all materials provided. Bring your own hair dryer if you are interested in attending.
If you are interested in creating an ornament, contact Shelly at 276-679-0754 or leave a comment on the blog post.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
In between preparing for art classes for the City of Norton Parks and Recreation, which is a lot of fun. The studio has been filled with all sorts of arts and crafts for the holidays. Although as I wrote to a friend this morning, it has been like blazing a holidaze trail.
This Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday from 1 pm - 5 pm is the annual Big Stone Gap Holiday Crafts Show at Carnes Gym.
Supporting your local artists is always a good thing.