Amazingly enough, we are roaring up on the end of the second year of monthly free kiln carving patterns. When I started this project I had no idea that it would end up being such a popular thing. Thanks for downloading and making projects, it’s great to hear about your experiences and see photos of your work. Continue reading October 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern
Wow, time flies, here we are in April already. I spent last week participating in a grueling Fine Art show called Art & Soup. I was able to show and get lots of good feedback on a new series of recycled pate de verre panels, which I’ll be sharing in the next weeks. But, for now, onward to the Questions and Answers! These are all reader questions that I am reposting here in case anyone else has the same questions. Reader details have been omitted for privacy. If you submitted one of these questions and want attribution and a back link, please let me know.
- Q: I just got a kiln, I carefully researched and researched and finally bought one, a small one for glass 8×8, figured it would be a good beginners kiln. It comes with a digital pyrometer. When I was shopping around and contacting numerous kiln outlets, one of the places told me I needed to have a device for controlling temperatures. But they were at least $200 more. They warned me if I didn’t get one of these I would “have to babysit the kiln.” Well, I thought, so? I have to babysit the dishwasher or else it overflows, there’s a lot of things in my life I have to babysit, what’s one more thing? I finally found your website because using recycled glass is the goal and I’ve been saving bottles and jars and broken dishes for almost a year while I saved up for my kiln. So I get my kiln and I’m reading your information and I was, to put it mildly, shocked!! I’m figuring out how to read the ramp time information and looking at two of your ramp times one was 13.5 hours and one was 22.5 hours. Maybe I’m still not reading these right, but still, I thought babysitting would be and hour or 2 or 3. As I work full time I have maybe 2 hours at night and then the weekends I’m out running to complete errands or other events and having to be home monitoring the kiln for 12+ hours is not possible. So my kiln sits by the box it came in, unused, for almost 3 week nows. I figure there’s 2 solutions. (well, maybe 3, if one of them is that I’m totally not reading the ramp info properly) 1. Find projects that will only need to be fired for a few hours. 2. Bite the proverbial bullet and buy a controller unit. http://www.skutt.com/glass/products/GM-2LTcontroller.php That’s another $400. Or I could try and find a used kiln that has a controller. That of course could take forever. Man!! live and learn. Do you have any suggestions regarding Solution #1 (projects with a short fire time) or any of the rest? Thank you so much. I love your site!! I’m completely inspired. Continue reading Q & A Monday, 4/8/2013
Recently I was invited by the Beacon Heights Elementary School in Salt Lake City to be an Artist in Residency for the 2nd grade classes.
We did three glass projects together, two that the kids will take home, and large permanent art glass panels that will be installed in the lobby of the school.
The Residency focused on the link between the school garden and art. The first project was art glass, the kids all made a suncatcher and a garden themed piece that will be incorporated into the installation.
The second project of the residency was creating small hanging panels with what I call a Modified Fossil Vitra technique. Instead of the traditional Fossil Vitra technique, we sandwich all of the organic materials and frits between layers of recycled window glass (float) and then burn out the organics during the fusing cycle, which leaves an ash ‘fossil’ behind.
For the Beacon Heights project, we used actual materials from the school garden. Using a bucket of soil from the garden, filtered and then fired to burn out the small organic materials, some play sand, leaves and two colors of glass frit, the kids made garden theme designs.
This is a great project for kids because there are no set parameters and they get very creative very quickly. Here is the introduction portion of the project, where I’m explaining the idea to the kids.
Here are some photos of kids doing the project and the projects ready to be fired.
The final task for the Artist in Residency is completing the group projects and preparing them for installation.