Firstly an update on the pieces that were fired during the week.
As you can see the screenprinted images using black ink have worked well. Sadly the blue ink is fairly pale on most and the orange ink has in most places burnt away. Personally I love the unpredictability of some areas in glass and it’s why there’s a need to test everything as you go along and continually learn.
My small Teddy Wolfe images have been stuck together and will be fire again into a stack (see below). Which, with a little bit of hard work and a grinder to neaten up the edges will, hopefully, mean that I have a sort of 3D image of the picture.
Our tutor also had back sheets of decals using images that we’d emailed to her. I wanted to use some black and white images of my parents.
As this was our final class in the course, today our tutor encouraged us to re-explore the different methods we’d learned in the short course.
I concentrated mainly on using the decals we’d had printed and screenprinting. I was keen to revisit the idea of screenprinting one image and then laying them over each other to create a multi-dimensional image.
So that the images would be as close as I could get, to being in same spot on each piece of glass, I first set up my screenprinting area. Under the screen I taped a piece of cardboard from which I’d cut the size of the glass pieces. Masking tape was stuck around the image I was using on the screen. The screen was then stuck to the table at one end and then each corner marked out once again with masking tape. The rest was up to me and my dodgy eyesight!
First the area is ‘flooded’ with ink by carefully dragging the ink over the area. Then the glass is placed under the screen (in the cardboard slot) and ink is pulled over. As my images have incredibly thin lines I dragged the ink over it several times, hoping that it would be a clean thicker line without being smudged.
This time, instead of firing the pieces and then stacking them, I chose to leave the images to air-dry and stack them for a single firing.
Eeek it was mightily difficult to get it lined up perfectly!
Some of my peers in this final class concentrated on using powders on glass. Others drew with enamel and then used powders and frit. Some used their decals and screenprinted. Here’s a selection of what’s being fired this week (including a batt of my stacks).
Fabulously diverse and once again will be interesting to see what comes out from the firing.
Finally we lay out a selection of our pieces that we’d finished so far on this short course. (Obviously there are some in for firing during this week and attendees will need to pop back to the college to collect them).
I think you’ll agree there are some wonderful pieces demonstrating different methods. Certainly something I’m keen to understand further and do more of but most of all I can honestly say we’ve had a huge amount of enjoyment on the course. Thank you Richmond Adult Community College our tutor, Monette and not forgetting the technician, Sally, who ensures our pieces are fired for us.