Sunday, September 27, 2009

Studio and Florals

I'm back on the floral wagon, but not without casualties. This pretty thing I created a few days ago in my first floral foray in several weeks. The petals are a TAD less punchy than I prefer, but I love the background and the colours.
Today, not so successful. Although it seemed like it would be at first! I was working on a floral and because of the way I sorely abuse the glass as I make stamen beads, it thermal shocked and cracked an early stage. I managed to re-heat it and heal the crack... no problems, right? I thought everything was fine and put the lovely into the kiln after over an hour of shaping and layering. Well, boo! Halfway through the session I was adding another mandrel when I saw my beautiful floral bead cracked in half, broken in the kiln. That hasn't happened to me in a long time but the loss doesn't lose its sting, it seems. :P
I spent the rest of the session making simple frit-swirl beads.
On a cheerier note, if you have a dingy corner of your home and you're wondering whether a coat of fresh paint will *really* make a difference or not, check out this action:

Studio Before - - - - - Studio After

I'm LOVING working in the bright "new" space!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Happy Autumn!

Hello again! Sorry for the long break in posting. Since we moved into our house in 2005, August has been dedicated to intense renovations and this year was far from an exception. We needed to tackle the exterior, and let me tell you that after 4 weeks of hard work with myself, Andrea and my father, it was transformed.

We still have lots of painting to do but we're finally able to focus on glass again in the evenings. Which is great, because we have some major shows coming up!

Artisan Fall Open House
Hosted at Sumak Designs Studio

395 Elm St.
October 23, 24, 25
Friday 23rd 5 PM to 10 PM
Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Signatures Holiday Sale!
Winnipeg Convention Centre, 3rd floor, Hall B
Visitors please use Southwest elevator or escalator
November 19 - 22, 2009
Thursday and Friday from 11am to 9pm
Saturday from 9am to 6pm
Sunday from 9am to 5pm
Free Admission for all visitors!

We did some studio re-organizing and my wonderful Andrea painted the back wall of our torch studio which made it look 100 times brighter and nicer! This was in preparation for a video interview we did with the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library. Excepts will eventually be available on their website.

We've also been working on some sweet custom orders, like these lovely matching heart pendants. I think the patterning looks like silk scarves!

Stay tuned, we're back and ready for regular blog action again!