Tuesday, June 19, 2007

GLASS WORKS

Tonight I attended my first stained glass class. It was great! I'm taking it from Gilded Glass in Walla Walla.

I am NOT an artistic person by nature. I've had a lifetime of defining myself as being the most un-creative person I knew. But I think I am going to enjoy working with glass. I had a blast tonight learning about the different types of glass, then practicing cutting, then tracing patterns and choosing colors for my pieces. I'm doing a sunburst design with mirror borders. I go back Thursday evening for the next lesson and then get 7 hours of studio time to complete my project. I'm excited to see how it will turn out.

6 comments:

The Rev. Dr. Kate said...

Be sure to post a pic of the finished product. How cool to be able to make stained glass!

Booklogged said...

Sounds like fun. I'm so jealous that you live close to Walla Walla and get to enjoy their onions fresh. We drove through Walla Walla once and bought a few onions. The next day we sliced them and put them on our sandwiches. They were heavenly.

Belladonna said...

Yeah, the onions are pretty yummy. I like 'em sautéed with mushrooms and zucchini. Toss in a little garlic, a little cilantro, maybe throw in some black beans for good measure -- hey I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

papa herman said...

One of the things I appreciate about you is your willingness to step out of your comfort zone and try new things!

Belladonna said...

I've completed both formal classes and now I just have to put in the studio time to complete my project.
I thought I'd be alot further along than I am. It has been a wonderful reminder to strive for excellence without expecting perfection. I will never look at stained glass the same again. I am in awe of the artisans who created those old church windows back before there were grinders to the finish work!

I've learned about the relative merits of lead, zinc and other metals. I've practiced doing copper foil. I'm getting better at cutting. I've still got much to learn. This first project will be no fine masterpiece. But it's mien and I'm proud of it!

Booklogged said...

Ohhhhhh, Belladonna, you have me in tears. Those onions fried with mushrooms and squash - sounds so yummy. I love the northwest and I'm sure I'll be back up. Next time I'll buy more. We have a cooler that plugs in to the car so they would still be good when I got home to Utah.

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