My next guests were a couple who have done lots of crafting over the years. Malcolm has been wood turning for many years and was looking for a different outlet for his skills. He has decided to stick with wood turning but enjoyed his day with glass and he and Valerie are coming back in warmer weather. That’s always a good sign that guests have enjoyed themselves!
They decided to make quirky bowls – these are randomly shaped pieces of glass that really come into their own after firing. The glass is cut using mosaic nippers and the coloured pieces are held together with overlapping clear glass. The whole piece is then flat fused and slumped. The design process is quite time consuming and Malcolm and Valerie chose two different colour schemes and slumping mould shapes for their designs. As ever, there is always an element of trial and error with any glass piece and Malcolm chose a mould or, more accurately, a drape shape, that I haven’t used myself, especially with the quirky idea. So, here we go.
Then, the finished products:
Then, the ultimate question… what do you do with the left over chippings that you’ve cut from your glass? Well, you make coasters of course….
So, a happy day spent making fantastically colourful pieces, both destined for the same room but I think that Malcolm’s will be my the window to catch those lovely colours with the sun shining through.
If you’d like to come and have a day making glass pieces for yourself or to give as a gift do get in touch. So far, two sets of my guests have come back for a second time so they have obviously enjoyed themselves.