Just been spending my Sunday hung over and trawling the interwizzle, as i like to do, and came across this sweet site. its all about colour and creating palettes. I am a real fiend for colour so this is real addictive for me. I can up load an image/photo i have taken then you can break it down into colours, even create new colours and name them for others to use and you to keep in your stash. (i made 'deep south harlot')
So this ...
Came from this!!
Super addictive, you should check it out. But maybe only if you have a few hours to spare!! You can also make patterns, see other peoples patterns and palettes, its amazing and I will have many more colour combinations to share (or bore) you with...
So in case you were wondering, this is what a cactus looks like before I make it! Look at all those pretty colours! This is my set up for the hot box. From here they ramp up to around 500 degrees, then I can pick them up on the end of my pipe and pop a bub into them. From here I take gathers of glass to make the form bigger. The colour which comes in rods is like pure colour or concentrated colour. So a little bit can go a long way. These are the colours I used yesterday, so maybe tomorrow I will have some pics for you.
This is how I spend my time in the studio... make a cup of tea, start mixing the plaster mix, add pigment, let tea go cold, add some rocks, wait for the mix to go off (impatiently...) realise that my tea has gone cold, curse, heat tea in microwave, pot cacti and voila!!
Its fun gardening in the studio. I especially like making the succulents but as I forgot yesterday, you have to be patient!! Let the mix go off and don't rush it. I had to be downstairs to blow glass yet I was upstairs trying to grow a succulent. As a result the large guy might look a little flat, but i thought it was a good composition so i left it.
Huzzah for me. This is where it all begins... maybe I will take some more step by step photos for you? I would like to take some in the hot shop for you then you can see the process. But maybe this is just interesting for me? Maybe I can wrangle a friend to play photographer for me?... gotta go water my plants, see ya!
Been awhile hasn't it? Don't get me wrong, I haven't been sleepin on the job, lollygagging or working on my groove on the couch. Today I figured out that I have been "unemployed" for nearly 2 months and I haven't been doing any of those things! I feel like I have a million things to do everyday. How is that possible? I look at my diary, and its a mess. It's like some small chicken has taken to it with a pen trying to recreate some sort of treasure map. I just don't get it. I know I have no one else to blame but myself for making these plans....
I have been in the studio quite a bit but still I feel unproductive. I started making some cacti again at that was fun. Gonna make some more tomorrow actually. Am off to melbs next week, this is what my schedule looks like...
Phew. Makes your head spin just thinking about it... here are the things I would like to be doing:
. sewing cool baby quilts
. going to the movies to see 'Snowtown'
. making soup dumplings (this is a biggie which will require 2 days...)
. eating soup dumplings
. taking photos
. keeping warm
. making $$ to pay my neverending jam bills
. drinking wine with friends
. bake a cake
. plan a wedding
I think you will agree both lists are quite long. Maybe when I get back from Melbs I will concentrate entirely on the things I want to do before I start full time work? Oh, and its also my Birthday on Saturday. I'm hoping for more photos like these to be made...
I'm a fiend for it. Every spare moment, thats all I want to do at the moment. I ran into a friend of mine on the street and she is having a baby in October so I thought here is my chance. I got the fabric that day and had finished it off by lunch time the next day! (This lovely lady already has twin girls by the way...!)
I am pretty excited at how good it turned out. So good infact that I am finding it hard to hand it over...I know, I know just hand it over already, I don't even have a baby. But its so lovely! How cool is the fabric?
I liked it so much that I used the scraps to make another one for our friends who had a baby 2 days ago.
Now I am on to my third, for my bestie from high school who is having her first baby in a couple of months. This one I am breaking out my much coveted japanese fabrics I picked up in Osaka...ooooohhh! Its gonna be good, little fishies good!
Oh no, I seem to have hit the wall. Feel like I am in a slump, maybe it's residency come down? I'm guessing this is what happens when you run at it full pelt for so long? Anyways, I feel like .... meh.
I know, I know, the pretty pictures right? I had a blowing session yesterday and it was fun, but I just wasn't feeling it. Maybe it was because I looked at my hiring sheet and notices all the $$ I was racking up. Making new exhibition work is a sticky wicket, so to speak. You are not really guaranteed any return and it also takes a long time to nut things out. A long, expensive time. which leads me to my next point.
I have a new job! Huzzah! You are now talking to the new assistant manager for the T2 store, coming to Adelaide in July. I am very excited to have been given this opportunity. A full time gig working for a super lovely company. Now I will have money to pay for my sessions.
As I will be about to go into a full time position, I thought I could gun it in the studio and get all of my exhibition work made up front, waaaay before the deadline. Seems my head had other ideas... not feeling it, thats fo sure.
Ugh, maybe just a mini break? A weekend without glass? Can it be done? The tank is feeling dry... To try and achieve this I am headin south tonight, to moomah's! There is no glass in Mt. Compass thats for sure. Maybe we will get to go to the awesome farmers market at willunga? who knows... im secretly hoping for rain, a toasty fire and something delicious.
I think one of the problems is my studio is reflecting my head space..... A TOTAL MESS. Monday is going to be massive clean out day. I am going to be ruthless. RUTHLESS. If i made it 2 years ago, it has dust on it and i can't sell it, its gone! No prisoners, no soft spots, i am going for..
Tidy studio, tidy mind.
Now to celebrate this day of no glass I am going to make myself another coffee and eat last nights caneloni for breakfast. Mwhahahaha! Evil genius.
I am a glass blowing, cat patting, tea swilling, hula hoop enthusiast gal ( whose customer service days can be likened to Bernard Black; full of red wine and not too fussed with customers and sometimes finds small fungus in her hair) who constantly dreams of Japan. I am slightly computer illiterate but am determined to drive a blog. I had my first solo exhibition last year and whatddya know there are more on the horizon! I hope this blog might help to organize those pesky, erratic thoughts. Oh, and I like stuff.... What's that? You like stuff too? Well, alright, you're in the right place kid.
And hey, if you see something you like, drop me a line..... firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for stoppin' by, sure was nice to see you, next time I'll get out the 'good' china and maybe spring for a packet of Iced Vovo's.