Opening my rubber mould.
Devesting the wax.
Making a refractory mould.
The moulds in the kiln ready for firing.
I am learning a lot, the whole process of making cast glass involves meticulous attention to detail which is something I have spent years moving away from in my painting!! It is certainly a challenge but I came here to be challenged.
Actually, the time involved in the making gives you time to process the work and contemplate – dream time. Just like painting, you don’t decide what to make and then make it, it is a process and the work evolves and develops.
It is a privilege to work alongside my fellow students, they are an incredibly talented bunch of women and it is fascinating seeing how they work and how their ideas are developing. There is a real energy in the group that takes us through 14 hour days in the studio.
The other thing that makes it possible to work so intensely is that we are so well catered for by Northlands. Every evening we are taken out to eat in different restaurants – The Bay View, Portland Arms, Whalligoe Steps and The Bay Owl, they have all been excellent.
Cailey Buye assisted by Caroline Oullette and others in the hotshop.
Sketch of Lybster harbour
I went to see the Touching the Past exhibition of glass at Northlands this morning.the exhibition features the work of 6 glass artists, Michael Bullen, Joanna Garrett, Denis Mann, Patricia Niemann, Karlyn Sutherland and Louise Tate.
I especially liked the work of Louise Tait, her work crosses over my areas of interest in memory,stories from the past and knitting.
Then I cycled down to the harbour where I spent the rest of the day painting and talking to the lobster fishermen.
I chanced upon the remains of a peregrine falcon on the beach! I have salvaged the head and feet and hope to do something with them on my masterclass. How fantastic to find such beautiful things here on the beach and then have a place I can take them to and work out what the hell to do with them! So, they are sketched, wrapped and currently stashed away in my friendly landlady’s freezer awaiting attention next week!
‘Community Spirit’ by Louise Tait
The Dagger Chandelier by Patricia Niemann
Sketch of Peregrine remains.
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