Month: September 2013

glass workshops: enamelling

my first attempt at enamelling has taught me plenty of lessons…

backing enamel, applied first.

lesson #1: enamel pulls away from the edges and towards the centre during hot firings (iirc the kiln was set to 805•c). extra enamel should be sifted onto the outer edges.

lesson #2: if the trivet touches the enamel it will show. a wider trivet that only supports the edges would have been a better choice.

lesson #3: overfiring. the back isn’t smooth, but pitted, possibly the result of 3 x 3 minute firings.

front: mexican red, two layers, each fired for approx. 3 minutes.

lesson #4: cleaning is important! i fired the back first, leaving the uncoated front flaky (firescale). i gave it a rub with a paper towel but not enough to remove the scale or the oils from my fingers (presumably around the edges). a second layer/firing did nothing to improve the finish. a scouring pad under running water or commercial cleaner could have prevented the discolouration. (wire wool is not recommended due to the risk of contamination/pitting)

lesson #5: contamination is obvious! i used a sieve that had previously been used with white enamel. the white spots are the result.

lesson #6: inaccurately placed holes are also obvious.

lesson #7: serendipity is fun. i made a stellar nursery 😀

orion nebula

references: linda darty, the art of enamelling, 2004.

tiny worlds

a recent discovery – the lego architecture studio – has got me thinking about scale. a handful of blocks could represent “an opera house or a cash register”, “an entry to a subway or a bathtub” – it’s up to the designer to assign the scale by adding details.

lego architecture studio

i love the idea of creating tiny worlds in only a few inches of space and reminded of some favourite art works.

taylor medlin’s miniature ice houses.

taylor medlin: towards a new antarchitecture

and a local favourite, jane edden’s post secrets, the little people who live complicated lives in the bollards in the hayes, central cardiff.

jane edden: post secrets