All of the little bowls with melted coloured glass in the bases that came out of the kiln last week are so attractive to look at, and many people have commented on the striking colours.
The bowls are now available at my online store in the Bowls & Dishes section. There are a wide range of colours to choose from including;
Amber ~ Lime Green ~ Cherry Red ~ Ice Blue ~ Diamond ~ White Crystal ~ Bottle Green ~ Deep Purple ~ Cerise ~ Coffee ~ Deep Sea Blue ~ Frosted Lake ~ Natural Ice ~ Olive Green ~ Pink Ice ~ Sea Shore ~ Sky Blue ~ Teal
Each bowl is approx 5cm diameter, perfect for holding a tea light candle or for holding rings and other trinkets. Alternatively they would make attractive features displayed on their own, or in a cluster with other colours. There are currently only 1 of each colour available, so each bowl is a one-off. I will be making more but I want to see how things go with the first batch. A few of these bowls have been listed in my Folksy Shop, but all colours are available from my direct store.
Remember the little bowls I made to sample my new glass colours a couple of weeks ago? It was a super surprise finding these little goodies in the kiln yesterday!
The different types of glass have melted in different ways – some are smooth while others look crystallised. The effects are perfect for complimenting different designs on my work. I’ll be using the glass to melt on larger scale pieces now that I know it melts ok.
After taking my Dad out for breakfast on Father’s day yesterday, it was another nice day for sitting in the garden. I love relaxing and chatting in the sun whilst listening to all the birds in the trees and watching Molly chase bumble bees. I did sit out there for a bit too long though, and have had to smother myself in after sun today!
In the evening when the sun had started to pass over the garden, I decided to have a rummage through my new bucket of coloured glass which was given to me last week from a very generous craft fair organiser – Ann of Pennine Fairs. Her husband used to do a lot of lamp work with this glass, and had buckets full of leftover bits and pieces after toning down on his glass work. Ann knows I use a lot of recycled glass in my ceramic work and offered me a huge bucket full of scraps because they wanted to get rid of it. The glass may have seemed like unwanted rubbish to them but to me it was like a bucket of treasure! A huge thanks to Ann and her husband for being so kind and thinking of me.
Some of the glass from the bucket is quite opaque rather than translucent, so I’m not sure how this will look when melted down in the kiln. The temperature inside the kiln may even be too hot for it, and the opaque coloured glass might burn, but I’ll try it out on a few samples first. I’ve made lots of tiny ceramic bowls as samples to melt the new glass into – I like experiments! I’ll show you those later in the week.
We are thinking about making a nice picture out of some of the glass and sticking it down in a frame to go on the wall when we get our new house.
This weekend my online shops will be on holiday mode while I’m at the Castle Ashby Craft Fair in Northampton (26th-27th June). This fair is run by Pennine Fairs so I’m looking forward to showing Ann my first experiments with the glass. Any fair organised with Pennine Fairs is an opportunity not to be missed – They are very strict with who exhibits, to make sure all crafts are genuine and of top handmade quality. This craft fair at Castle Ashby is set inside the walled garden of Castle Ashby House and visitors are able to browse the beautiful gardens as well as the 3 huge marquees full of crafts, and the tea room for refreshments. See you there!