Monday, June 2, 2014


The inaugral Kirra Illuminated Light Awards (KIGA) opens this Tuesday 2nd June at 6pm. I can't attend as I'm off overseas soon and need to concentrate on getting thngs ready before I go. Kirra have produced a catalogue and one on line here. There are some really fabulous pieces. One of my favourites is Jeremy Lepisto's The Aquisition, have a look at his work and blog here.

Midnight grove (2014) Cast Glass, reclaimed Cedar, Gold leaf, Copper and LED fixture.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Fire polish ALL the things

This is a test for how sand effects the texture of the glass while firepolishing. Everything else in there is along for the ride.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Selkie bits

At the end of the week I have almost all my selkie 'bits' sculpted. Making moulds tomorrow.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Selkie sculpting

More selkie feet.

Tree panels

Tall tree panels out of the kiln.

Glass puddle

The glass I was thinning is cooled. The next slab I do, I will take the temperature up to 840 and hold it a bit longer to get more bubbles out and it could do with being a bit thinner.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Selkie mask

I poured another wax seal face last night. It's far more asymmetrical that I remember. I'll make a slump mould tomorrow.

Flattening patties

An experiment on thinning out these thick furnace glass patties. Usually they are great this thick for casting but I'd like some glass for slumping... for the selkie project.

fat furnace pattie for thinning

Fire polishing 'Midnight grove project' test 1

So this is the first test. 680 is too hot for them standing upright, which I wanted to test. I would rather have then standing up but I will nestle them in powder if I have too.

sandblasted pieces in the kiln

kiln watching

at top temp 680c

Monday, March 31, 2014

Seal mask experiements

Here is a slump of the seal head I made last year. I sandblasted the inside and masked the eyes so they remained clear. About to try another test.

Setting up for experiments

This morning I got out of the kiln a few tree blocks I made to start testing my fire polishing schedules. I ended up coldworking the lumps and edges with an 80 belt linisher sanblasting the whole thing at 150 grit and then masking the sides and sandblasting the fronts at 320 grit.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

'The Tree' opening

Piccies of my work "New stories from the old wood" at the opening tonight of 'The Tree' at the Canberra Glassworks.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Wonderful glass cutoffs from March Canberra Glassworks artist in residence Debra Jurss. Gorgeous coastal panels.

Debra Jurss

Thanks Deb!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

New stories from the old wood

Finally finished, 'New stories from the old wood' just before packing up, hence the luxurious location of the mould room. This work will be included in the group exhibition detailed below.

The Tree

19 March to 8 May 2014

Curated by Clare Belfrage
Exhibition Design & Coordination by Ruth White

The Tree, an elongated stem or trunk that supports leaves or branches. The theme is interpreted in a myriad of ways; with humour, metaphor and studies of nature.
This is an exhibition of many parts, with works by Matt Curtis, Kirstie Rea, Melinda Willis, Emilie Patteson, Tom Moore, Yusuk√© Takemura, Mel George, Nudibranch, Ben Sewell, Bridget Thomas, Harriet Schwarzrock, Sui Jackson, Belinda Toll, Holly Grace, Jacqueline Gropp, Suzanne Peck, Tim Edwards, Alana Corr, Erin Conron, Lisa Cahill, Luna Ryan, Christine Atkins, Alexandra Frasersmith, Spike Deane and Clare Belfrage.
Guest speaker: Adam Burgess, Curator of the National Arboretum Canberra
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, 26 March at 6pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, 29 March at 10.30am

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Gold leafing

Gold leafing is quite fiddly, well where I was trying to do it anyways. Adhered with gelatin and sealed with a mat finish.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Felting (fulling) knitting

I am undecided on how to proceed with the 'selkie coat'. As soon as I bought some linen, as gorgeous as it is my brain goes, no wool would be better. I had been thinking how good felt would look, that is hand felted and shaped, but i'm a bit daunted about making such a large project. So I though about maybe knitting something then felting or 'fulling' it. Fulling shrinks the knitted or woven fabric and matts the fibres together to create a more even surface. This first test is: Undyed 8 ply merino knitted up in stockinette on 5.5 size needles. I did a little scrubbing in between washes (with other clothes). Some advice I had read on the internet suggested to knit up the yarn on larger needles (which I did) because the fulling works better with some room for the fibres to mesh. After the first wash though, it looks as though I made it too big. So the next test, I think I will use larger needles with a few strands of yarn.
Knitted h20 x w18cm

First wash h15 x w17cm
Through washing machine a second time h12 x w15cm
Through washing machine a third time h12 x w14 cm

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Antler preferences

I posted an array of antler / tree options on facebook earlier this week and got lots of feedback! Drawing almost done, just a bit more tweaking...