I organized my first event for the guild (GLASSACT).
Sheryll Hubbard-Anspach and Jim Anspach (that link there is a nice interview); They came out for a demonstration before the bead bonanza (big bead show in Metro Detroit area every Spring, and every Fall) .
One of the GLASSACT goals is to learn, and support other Artist’s that teach; and make education less expensive for our members. Keep the flow flowin’! So, we invited Ms. Booger out for a demo!
Sheryll (Ms. Booger) did a great demonstration on her Mask beads. She made a bug too! And then! To top it off we got Jim (Mr. Booger) to make us a flame bead, and a beautiful rose. (that was a bonus!) So much patience to make those flames!
Just as I went to leave Sheryll gave me this crescent moon face bead. I really love it. The blue is gorgeous, and those fluffy cheaks are so pinchable!
As soon as I got home, I was so inspired to get to my torch. I had to make a Comedy mask. The skills Sheryll shared were kind of a new perspective, and I really wanted to try it out.
Cobalt and silver. A favorite combination of many glass flame workers. The fuming is beautiful.
I was happy with my first approach. I can see where I want to add more detail as I go. These techniques are so imediate, and require very little tooling. I was really amazed that she could wait for the glass to land right where it needs to be. Slowly sculpting the form by adding the glass one step at a time.
Right now I am working a lot of hours for the science schools and hospitals that need shop drawings of the future labs, and classrooms. BAM! Is that off subject? Not really. It turns out many of these mad scientists are making glass on a regular basis. Some of them are even running the departments! lol!
It is a small world after all.