Friday, July 17, 2009

Slaving over a Metal Clay + Glass Class Proposal

Doing all the preparation for a new class is daunting!

I'm working on a proposal for a workshop to teach at Bead & Button next year. There, I've put it out into the ether, so I'll be shamed/supported into getting this done. Please leave me a comment and buoy my flagging courage in this matter!!

So many people have admired my enamel painted glass beads, and for ages now I've had great intentions of combining the glass with metal clay. So, here's the first (that I'm showing anyway) sample.

It's a small glass tile, in hand-drawn and reverse-painted enamel, mounted in a metal clay window box. The box is made in two parts, prefired at high temp to deal with shrinkage and strength issues, then joined with the glass inside and refired at low temp to seal.

I know not everyone can paint, so teaching a "painting" class feels a bit audacious, but it does introduce some of my variations on techniques. I'm going to test it out this weekend on a great group of guinea pig friends.