So many changes on the way for this New Year. During my, "Winter Blackout" period I have been learning new glass skills. I Purchased several tutorials and Cd's and watched lots of how to videos on YouTube. Isn't it amazing how much you can learn on YouTube?
When I am finally able to get back in the studio full time I have so many new designs to try. I want to work on more Paperweights. I LOve the Implosions and will continue them but, I also want to explore surface work paperweights as well, like adding Glass Shards for interest.
I recently discovered,"Blowing Shards"... it looks so fun. Basically you gather a coil pot of glass in different color combinations on the end of a blow pipe, heat it, blow it out into a grapefruit size ball, then smash it into a stainless pot. The "shards" of glass that are left have interesting shapes, angles and texture. These pieces can then be applied onto solid forms.. I have sooo many creative ways in my mind to use them!!
Definitely more Lampwork Glass Swimmers and Divers will be created and I have something in mind for a Simple yet Elegant Dragonfly Sculpture. I'm thinking long slender reeds extending from a Paperweight style base with all white Dragonflies...