Friday, May 29, 2009

Yikes- so much to do

Hey gang! well it's been super busy here- the past week we have cast several molds, pulled a few pieces out of the kilns and made several mistakes. Our teacher says that mistakes are a gift......well it must be my birthday because I keep getting a lot of gifts.
The weather has been fab so we have been working outside the studio everyday. This really is the good life. I even got a sunburn.Can't get that in Juneau.
This is my first cast piece- we all cast our hands. There is copper wire embedded in the palm.

This is a group shot. Hands before and after. Such great colors!

Here is one of the TA's hand building a mold. Supper cool and messy!This is the studio building- we all have space to plot our next ideas and disasters! I mean gifts.

OK I am off to get ready for the student auction tonight. Which is really a dance party. The theme is "Pilchuck: Where the wild things are." I should have some great photos from that!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Diving in at Pilchuck

Hello Folks- well we got off to a fast start- I am here a Pilchuck glass school in Washington State taking a class on glass casting with Silvia Levenson.

The first night was fun and hopping but I was ready to get to work.

We started by casting our hands.then use the the wax hand for a open face mold

Here we are steaming the wax out of the final mold. Tomorrow we get it all ready to go in the kiln. I'm not sure if this all makes sense. I think I need to go to bed. Sorry.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

On the Farm

Our Family has a farm in Washington. Over the past few years it has grown and many animals have taken up residency here. Some smell more than others but they are all neat to look at.

Lately I have been enjoying getting a good photo. I'm not too concerned with the composition of the photo but more about capturing the personality of the subject or subjects.

Turkeys are good models. They can work with the camera....


Chickens are always hiding something....they seem like they need to relax.
These ladies can work it. Bovine beauties. Work it girls.

Della Rose is super pregnant. She is going to have a cow baby any day now. I asked if I could drees the girls up a bit. A pink bow, earrings, a tasteful straw hat.... we shall see.

OK so tonight I am off to Pilchuck. The agenda for the night: Check in, classes meet, cocktails at the gallery, dinner in the lodge, school introductions & to top it off a "show" of sorts in the hot shop. Last year someone made a large clear vessel and popped some popcorn inside it! Very fun.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Heading to Pilchuck tomorrow

I made it to Bellingham and had a beautiful sunny day here yesterday! My friend and I walked around this hip little town and enjoyed the mass amounts of people out in the sun. They live good here.
Today I will be re-packing and doing some paper work for my pilchuck class.

Check out their website- It's like boot camp for Glass artists! Well, maybe more like summer camp.....with good food....and less dorky kids...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Waiting for the vet...

Life is better when you have a good view. It's a beautiful day and we are waiting for the vet. The old dog turned 14 this year and he seems a bit wobbly. We are lucky here in Juneau to have vets that come to your home for dog inspections. The dogs love it, we love it- it's just a good idea.

After that: make some beads, cut some glass for carving blanks, finish some jewelry....oh yeah pack. It's the four day count down till I leave town.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

It was a good First Friday

We had a good time for our First Friday opening. It was a bit slow at first but soon people came by. The gang at the Ruby Room were such a big help and everything went smooth. I really liked the way the room ended up looking. I will get photos up soon.

NOW- I have a week and a 1/2 to get packed up for my classes at Pilchuck Glass School and Corning Glass Museum - back to back glass class fun. When I get home I bet my brain will be mush!
I hope to do a bit of blogging whilst I am away. Maybe even with photos! That would be fun. My friend Anji would be so proud of me if I were a good blogger girl on my adventures.