hot summer

The last pieces out of the kiln before June family visiting included an “interesting” drop-out ring bowl. Notice how the rim turns up in places. Not everything comes out of the kiln the way we expect. In this case the base glass I started with was probably a little too small to work well with the drop-out ring, which is a flat ceramic donut-like ring used in place of a bowl mold. Using the ring for the slump process allows the softened glass to flow down to the kiln floor, a process that has to be monitored carefully. We like the lovely stretched-glass effects it produces.

Using a slightly larger disk (which I created by fusing ground and cut glass on to a glass circle) is more successful. This lovely serving bowl came out of the kiln in June shaped just what I wanted. Ditto for this pasta bowl, for which I used a ceramic mold during the slump process.

The first two bowls are already gone but production continues despite hot July outdoor temperatures. Apparently the heat hasn’t addled our brains, either, as both Jay and I keep coming up with new ideas we want to try.

Last night the climate was perfect for Second Friday Artwalk in Clarks Summit PA. We exhibited fused glass and stained glass with the Glass Artisans at Beta Bread. While fused work had to be repacked at the end of the night, hanging panels and mirrors remain on exhibit there through the month. The exhibit at B’s Floral Design in downtown Scranton also remains up until the end of July. On August 4 we’ll show and sell at the Fine Arts & Crafts Festival at Lake Naomi Community Center, Pocono Pines.