It’s Sunday morning and I woke up at 7am and it wasn’t dark!!! Although I hate wasting the light so early in the day I must admit getting up at 6:30 am in the dark is hard.
I thought I would have posted this entry well over a week ago but for some reason drama always finds me (even if I never leave the house!) I did manage to get my paperweights out at the 11th hour! The order came in on short notice and I only had 2 weeks to complete it. After only making 13 of the 19 I ran out of the clear encasing glass and first had to locate the glass and then get it here from Pennsylvania. It arrived 5 days later than I had hoped and not until 5pm 2 days before the deadline! I started making them as soon as the glass arrived and had to give up after the third one burned both my arms as it fell to the ground!!! I had been working all day and my kiln was quite full and I was already tired so you can imagine all 3 had a little problem?!?!? I had to give it up and start fresh the next day. Luckily I was successful the next day and they were all delivered in the nick of time! Here’s the pictures…pool anyone?
Just in time for the next Drama!!! As part of my sculpture for my Ontario Arts Council grant I started a chess set. I am so excited about it. The theme is “Good and Evil” and it is angels and devils. The pieces are of course lampworked and the board is enameled squares. I have just started enameling again after many years. I have had these enamels in my studio since the 80′s and was happily using them after so many years. I never gave it a thought that if I ran out of a colour that I may never be able to finish the project!?!?!? Well of course what do you think happened!? I ran out of both colours only to find that these enamels have long since been discontinued. To top it off my supplier of 30 years disappeared. I began my desperate search for this flame red and white enamel.
I found a lovely woman online (living in downtown Toronto) who is an expert enameler and teacher! Catherine Crowe was so helpful and a pleasure to talk to. Not only did she know how to find Mr. Button but she also put me in contact with a supplier that had some of the old stuff and told me to join the website “Grains of Glass” and post on the forum. I did this and not only is there some amazing enameling talent out there that you don’t come across too often, but my post was answered and a fellow artisan is sending me her stash!!! It really warms the heart to meet these wonderful and supportive people. Thank you all for your help, it means so much!!!
Last night as I was finishing my last chess piece I managed to stick my hand through the flame of my torch. Ouch!!! First I burned myself, then dropped the knight on one of the other ones and broke off the wing. Burn or no burn I had to fix it. I couldn’t rest until I finished my goal for the day! Here are a couple of pictures taken with my phone (which is why they’re not great!) I can’t wait to finish the board. Check back soon for that.
In between all of this one of my customers from the Bracebridge show in northern Ontario contacted me because she is opening a store in a great location on the main street and wants to carry my work there. I was so honoured she thought of me!!! I have known her and her family for at least 10 years and I’m so excited for her new endevour. Her location looks gorgeous and I wish her much success and happiness. If you’re up in Bracebridge or just visiting check out her new store called Bliss Boutique. Good luck Liz!!!
Now I’m in the crunch getting ready for the One of a Kind Show. I hope to see you all there. I’m in booth # H 05 (high 5!!!)