The sun is shining brightly at the Galerie Old Chelsea today. I took advantage of my sitting day to make a few changes to the glass in the windows. I put The Journey in the window facing the screened-in veranda for Les Fougères Restaurant. Not only does the sun give this piece a real chance to sparkle, but the camera lens focuses the eye on the bigger picture outside the window. I then filled the window at other end, by the entrance, with enthusiastic flowers. Happy Sunday!
The Edmonton commission is finished and ready for delivery - pictures next week after it has been delivered. I had lots of time in my workshop last week and have made creating new glass my priority for this week. Here are four new pieces in my Heritage Series. The green, cobalt and aqua pieces are made with crystal and glass trays. The amber piece was created using a square amber dish that has been flattened in the kiln. I have a few smaller pieces that will probably be added to this series when life settles down a little in October.
Time flies! The Navan Fine Arts Show was a great success - The bonus was the joy of meeting new artists, learning about their work and techniques, and sharing my joy of stained glass with visitors. I then put my tools away and enjoyed three weeks in Edmonton playing Grandma with a six-year old and a newborn! Since my return, I have created my 'instant garden' in pots on the back deck, caught up with friends visiting from Kuwait, and started work on a commission (sorry, no photos until it is delivered in July). For now, I am sharing this beautiful piece of cut glass that is waiting to be included in a future panel. It is about 6 x 10.5 inches and would look spectacular framed with a solid color or integrated into a privacy screen. If you would like to have a panel made with this spectacular piece, please contact me with your suggestions.
Show time again! I am really looking forward to participating in the Navan Fine Arts Show at the Navan Arena this Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. I have made and updated layout diagrams and price lists, printed labels and info snippets, adjusted chains, cleaned and wrapped glass, and put the final coat of paint on a wooden screen to be used for display. According to the weatherman, there won't be much gardening time this weekend so come to Navan and check out the creative talents on display. You can find a sneak peak at https://www.navanarts.com/
Privacy screens created with clear, textured glass take on a personality of their own, depending on light sources and seasons. In the short time that this piece has been installed, my client has shared two additional images with me. The first image shows the glass in the afternoon with a light cloud cover. The second image shows it 'at work', diffusing the bright light from the motion-activated security light next door. The third image shows the waterfall effect created by direct sunlight at the right angle. I can't wait to see images with the spring, summer and fall leaves introducing colour into the view.
Things I learned today. Thick lenses with 'steps' are a challenge to foil. Thick lenses are not necessarily one solid piece of glass - indeed the one I tried to cut had three layers! Also, light filters are made with tempered glass - which also does not like to be cut. A client has asked me to make a piece that is composed of mostly camera lenses. Before I use the lenses and filters she has provided, I want to experiment with the effects. The layout will change as I build this, but this is Plan A....