It is fair to say and will be corroborated by many that my days at work are busy. Even so, when the bell sounds for home time it doesn't necessarily mean the end of my working day. This Tuesday saw me driving to Stonehaven for an introductory course in glass fusing at Mearns Art House. The evening workshop was taken by the proprietor Fiona who has been running the shop and holding classes for the past five years.
My intention in attending was to discover whether glass could be a suitable medium for me to use as a support for my emulsion transfers. In class we learned about the requisite equipment, how to cut both straight and curvy lines and why glass from the beach could not be mixed with the glass in the shop.
It amazed me that very quickly you could proficiently and confidently learn how to cut glass. Fiona's shop was stocked with lots of beautiful colours of glass in sheet, powder and rod form. However I kept my palette muted as I wished to add an emulsion transfer later......that is except for the colourful tile I made for my daughter.
Less than a week later my tiles emerged from the oven ready to be pushed further. I had a lovely time at Fiona's workshop and discovered much about the properties of glass that will help me in future projects.