They’re here!

I’ve finally managed to make some glass pens and I’m so pleased. I’ve got ten ready just in time for this weekends science-fiction, fantasy, and horror book festival. There were more technical challenges than I’d expected when I started, but after many failures, I think I’ve come up with a beautiful selection. New bookmarks. Not…

the good, the bad, and the ugly

Today’s kiln findings were a mixed bunch.  I knew they would be, but it’s always a little sad seeing the reality. First up, the best of the bunch.  I had an idea for a weeping eye sculpture and this is the result.  I like the central tear falling motif , but it’s not straight and…

Cuties

This week will be mostly taken up with making critters! I’ve been improvising some new glass animals, some of which are turning out quite cute, some not so much, but mostly they’re fun, except when one shatters. Molten glass in my face is excitement I could do without. Ah the joy of working with soda…

Colour, glorious colours!

I’ve discovered a new colour combination for boro glass that looks fantastic. I don’t know why I never tried it before. I’ve always had a little trouble getting the lovely purples and pinks from my amber purple rods so I tried layering it over striking red and wow what a difference.  These were made with…

All Hallowes Eve is on the way….

Are you ready?                    Its such a fun holiday, I’ve been having a great time coming up with new and different ideas, like these little ghosties.  Only after I’d taken the last one out of the kiln, did I notice a couple of them could be mistaken…

Fallen Angels

The fallen angel is a new design I’m refining for Halloween. I love making implosion/compressions items; however, it can be a finicky technique in lampwork. These are getting better with each one I make, as I’m starting to find out which colours come through the best Northstar’s unobtanium mixed with a little amber purple seems to…