05 April 2010

Finished project #7

After falling in love with my first fused glass class, I quickly signed up for another. Unlike the crazy quilt class, this one had no theme. We had to walk in with an idea in our pretty little heads. One of our classmates came in with A VISION. She knew exactly what she wanted to do and how she wanted it to look. Suzan, Karin & I were winging it. While walking around the shop, I spotted this gorgeous stained glass window panel that was a massive peacock.

For some reason I've been on this peacock kick lately and a quick look around tells me the rest of the world may be too. Peacock things seem to be all over - on the covers of quilting magazines, at Target in the Liberty of London collections - just everywhere. Maybe it's always that way and I'm just noticing it??

I'm thrilled with the way this little plate turned out (even if I can't get a good picture of it in my dark dark house). As always, you learn as you go along. I might not make the background of the plate translucent glass next time. I think you lose some of the colours on the eye of the feather. The largest part of the eye was this gorgeous orange which you can see only if you hold the plate up to the light. But the center of the feather? That was a little bit of luck. It was a black glass that was ever so slightly metallic on one side. In firing, the metallic bit seems to have separated from the rest of the glass and in doing so achieved this wonderful crackly finish. I love it. Happy times.

Maybe I should use all of this new found knowledge back to the shop and take more classes. . . .


  1. I love this piece. I had never heard of Blue Heron Glass before reading this post and will have to investigate! it was good seeing you at guild.

  2. Thanks! My mom already has first dibs on it. I think I'm going to have to go back and make her one soon. . .

    Good seeing you too. Love the guild!!