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Fuse and Fold Animals and a Show

fused glass dragonfly

This week has been pretty darn busy in the studio, the Glass in the Garden show opened two weeks ago and is doing very well.  Here are some of the Fuse and Fold Animals that I made for the show:

I also have proof that I do, occasionally escape from the studio!  My friend Jan took this photo of me at the Artists Reception:

Jodi McRaney Rusho
Jodi McRaney Rusho

I’ve also been working on new class/workshop ideas for Kimball Arts Center in Park City, including this cool thing:

picassopanel1 picassopanel2More info on that soon!

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Crickets, Cats and Treats

This past week has been a whirlwind in the studio.  I’m finishing the last push for a Glass Art in the Garden show at Red Butte Garden.  The work has to be dropped off tomorrow afternoon, and my last 6 animals are fusing now.

I gave several of my glass animals a redesign for this show, the black cat with painted mica patterns is fun, I have a white cat with gold fusing now.  The glass is from old light fixture covers, I’m excited to see how he turns out. Continue reading Crickets, Cats and Treats

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Glass Casting, Bottle Sawing and Cats

This last week was a hectic one in the studio, I finally managed to transfer 90% of the tutorials from the Blog to the Knowledgebase, so now the tutorials are all in one place and much easier to find and use.  Yay!  This has been a big worry for me, glad to have it mostly done.

I also started a new body of sculptural work using cast recycled glass.  This is an idea that has been calling my name for a while now, and I can finally get around to it.  There are two different types of sculptures I’m working on, one is a combination of ceramic bases and cast glass tops.  I made ceramic bases first, and then had to figure out how to cast the glass to fit the base shape.  I stapled fiber paper around the base and added a nichrome wire to keep the paper nice and tight. Continue reading Glass Casting, Bottle Sawing and Cats

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Glue Chip Glass

recycled glue chip glass with maple leaves

Recently, I ran out of glue chip glass and decided to learn how to make it myself.  Everyone has probably heard of glue chip glass, and the process isn’t a difficult one, although it is much more work than expected. Continue reading Glue Chip Glass