I thought I should add a few more photos about the three vases with the lattice and divided colours.
Here are the pieces being picked up from the top hat kiln.
Each side piece is made starting with the colour and then the canes. Next time we will make more canes so we can match Lino’s pattern better. I think the black canes are a bit overpowering.
Here are some more lattice vases which were also flattened. The cork paddles can be very smokey and even catch on fire.
I’ve since learnt the cork paddles should be kept in water. So we’ll see how that works next time.
Here are the lattice, flattened vases.
My favourite is the tallest one with less canes. The one with the angled cut off top was another 300 mm longer but it wouldn’t have fit in the annealing oven and the lip was too thick and ugly. Just click on the pictures to see them better.
The tallest one measures in at 600mm or 24 inches.
Another pleasing effect was using chips of colour, twisting the gather and then flattening the piece. So some more flattened, flavour of the month, vases.
The colour and patterns are delightful and remind me a bit of weaving. My Mother is a weaver.
I need to formally introduce the people who have worked with me in the glass works over the last few years.
Some are volunteers and some are conscripts. My wife Rosie helps me occasionally. I’ve worked out that it’s not a good idea to be bossing the wife around, as needs to be done when there’s some hot glass to play with. Things need to be done in just the right way and done quickly. Carly and Leesa, my daughters have helped a bit and Daniel and Cameron have had the odd go at helping with a paperweight or a blown piece.
I have an apprentice. Wayne is a postman, therefore a very important person. He’s been learning for about four years and is now able to make a vase without any help or constant advice. He’s also able to help with more complicated pieces.
Rosie at work.
Wayne flattening a vase.
Richard helping to keep a piece hot while other things are happening.
I’ve also had my nephew Jonathan starting to work with the glass as well as guiding the design of some pieces.
Here are some of his pieces.
You’ve seen them before. And an earlier piece.
And here are some pieces that Raquel designed.
We had some trouble with the pastel colours. This piece had a colour in it that was incompatible. The colour wasn’t from Gaffer.
The problem colour cracked, so I threw the rest of it out.
Here are some of Wayne’s pieces.
Richard also designed and helped with this piece.
Richard’s wife, Peta chose the colours and designed these.
A paperweight made with the leftover glass of the twisted cane vase.
And a small pot using twisted canes and Gaffer canes.
Now for some news. Wayne and I have been asked to exhibit our glass in an exhibition at the Hawkesbury Gallery in Windsor. The exhibition starts early October. The main exhibition is the Ranamok Glass Prize and our glass will be in a small room off the main gallery. It’s exciting to be involved.
Have a happy day.