Snowdon, Bullseye and the next Open Studios at Ivy Lodge

Posted on September 28, 2015
Snowdon 2008

Snowdon 2008

Now that the studio is finally up and running I’m desperate to fire up the kiln again. I haven’t been in a position to make any new glass since 2012. I thought the easiest thing to do would be to cut, fuse and slump a bowl. Although I’ve been doing workshops helping students discover the joys of fusing I haven’t actually made a traditional cut and fuse bowl for about 5 years! So having dusted off my good cutter, grozier, breaker, safety glasses etc and after a quick trip to Tempsford Glass for some Bullseye Tekta for the base, I was set. Many moons ago I made some sample blobs of Bullseye and Uroborus colours and they’ve been so useful for deciding on palettes. But what to make?……..Having just been up Snowdon again I thought it was time for another Snowdon bowl with a design for 2015.

Cutting Snowdon 2015

Cutting Snowdon 2015

Designing Snowdon 2015

Designing Snowdon 2015

It’s actually been quite fun getting back into cutting. After 2 days of cutting and handling my thumb print is unrecognisable to my ipad!! Only one instance of blood letting, swiftly stemmed with the good old tissue and masking tape combo (works every time and so much quicker and less messy than plasters)!

Aiming to get at least one bowl done for the next Open Studios at Ivy Lodge on the weekend of 3/4th October but as always once the ‘glass’ brain was engaged suddenly I have a few ideas for designs. I’m trying to remind myself this is just a warm up for the real main glass event. There were a few things that I planned but didn’t have time to do for ICD 10 3 years ago, including something special for Diana Princess of Wales. Watch this space…..

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