A platter made from one of the big kiln fired plates. This plate cracked quite a while after it was made. I think some of the colours were incompatible. So I glued it together and put it in the front garden, until I decided what to do with it. The platter was designed to use the colour in the best way. It measures close to 800 mm tall.
Violet and Wine Red Vase
Carmine Red and Teal Green Vase
Aquamarine and Saffron Vase.
Flower vase. It takes three people to make this pattern.
We saw a Youtube clip from Peter Layton making his Sunflower vases. It’s not as easy as it looks on the video.
Nearly finished the Flower Vase. Large pieces like this can take an hour and half or longer to make.
The first and second attempts at making the flower patterns. We used a different mold to the one on the video for the second piece as it gave better definition for the flower shapes.
To make these mosaic pieces we made two lots of canes, fused them in bundles then pulled them into a square sided thicker cane. This was then chopped up so the pattern is the cross section of the bundle of canes. The mosaics were then preheated and picked up on a gather to make the vase.
This was a very heavy gather, at the end of the week’s work. If the glass weighs five kilos, it is actually feels like ten kilos to carry around because you are holding the pipe half way along.
Shaping the final gather. The mosaics had to be reheated a number of times to smooth the surface. Any gaps would trap bubbles in the final gather. It is possible to leave the mosaics on the surface and this would give some texture to the glass.
The finished vase. Very heavy and interesting to see the reflections of the patterns in the different layers.
This vase was designed by Levi and Jonathan. Easy to design but it took three of us, or more to make. The base is made separately to the neck and then joined. Just like that.
Look up Dante Marioni’s work, but we have a long way to go to get there.
A new shape for vases.
Carmine, my favourite colour.
These vases were made over Christmas. This is the incalmo technique where two colours are joined.
A Celedon flattened vase for Jane’s roses. It’s a delightful, soft colour.