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School of Jiri Harcuba

School of Jiri Harcuba

 
After the Symposium, I was also able to attend the School of Jiri Harcuba. It was a smaller group of us, lead by Pavlina Cambalova that met at the Glass Centre in Sazava, just south of Prague. The week started with the opening of an exhibit of works by Jiri, and it was wonderful to be able to spend more time, seeing them change as the light changed over each day in the week. The Glassworks is a wonderful studio, and if you’ve got a chance to to a workshop there, it is worth going
One of the most amusing things we did over the course of the week was engrave glass slides and tell stories with them:

School of Jiri Harcuba 2014: Engraved Glass Slides from Ainsley Francis on Vimeo.

New Pendants

New Pendants

I’ve been doing some new pendants, in a palette of whites this time, I really prefer the circular shape to the rectangular ones, on the whole, and I think that these ones looks quite nice with the bail showing rather than hidden behind the glass. I love the reactions between the silver leaf and the french vanilla, which you can see in the creamy coloured ones in the picture below. I find the blues and golds that appear quite lovely, and more varied and complex than the silver reaction with reactive cloud.
I’m practicing with the silver and with a paintable version of silver gilding to see if I can be a little more precise with the placement of the silver, we’ll see how the expiriments come out. I think it would be interesting to control the placement of the reactions more so that I can use it as an element to build up imagery.

Bullseye Reactive Test Firing Again!

Bullseye Reactive Test Firing Again!

So, I did some tests with Bullseye reactive glasses a couple years ago, time for more… this time it’s French Vanilla, Dense White, Reactive Opal, and Reactive Ice, with a whole bunch of other stuff:

Fired in a 100 tile mosaic mould on the following program:

222°C/H to 538°C for 00:30
333°C/H to 816°C for 00:10
AFAP to 482°C for 2:00
56°C/H to 371°C for 00:01
AFAP to 15°C
So, extra fun is that the dense white boils at this temperature, I should do a test firing with it to see what temperature works without it boiling:
So, I got is out of the kiln this morning, and here’s what I got:
There are some neat reactions! Horrah! and only a few of the dense white tiles stuck to the mold, which I was worried would happen with all of them.  I’ll try using it with fibre paper next time, and see if that helps with the sticking.  There were no serious problems with Dense White used as an accent, just when it was used as a base, it sticks to the kiln wash like nobody’s business (yes, now we know why Bullseye only makes it in flameworking rod now, and lists it as “Not recommended for kilnforming.
For all the pictures, here’s an album. I’m going to play more now. Below the jump is a chart of what was in which tile.
Bullseye Reactive Test Firing January 11 2012

Here’s a table showing what’s going on in each tile, woot!:

(FV) – French Vanilla
(DW) – Dense White
(SL) – Silver Leaf
(RO) – Reactive Cloud Opal
(RI) – Reactive Ice Clear
(CT) – Clear Tekta
1116 – Turquoise Blue Transparent
0305 – Salmon Pink Opal
1137 – Medium Amber Transparent
1305 – Sunset Coral

1417 – Emerald Green Transparent
1112 – Adventurine Green Transparent

1859 – Rhubarb Shift
Highlighted Colours are Frit

1
(FV)
Silver
11
(FV)
Silver
21
(DW)
Silver
31
(DW)
Silver
Red
41
(RO)
Silver
51
(CT)
(RO)
Silver
61
(RI)
Silver
71
(CT)
(RI)
(FV)
(DW)
81
(CT)
(FV)
Turquoise
91
(CT)
(FV)
2
(FV)
Turquoise
Silver
12
(FV)
Turquoise
Silver
22
(DW)
Turquoise
Silver
32
(DW)
Turquoise
Silver
42
(RO)
Turquoise
Silver
52
(CT)
(RO)
Turquoise
Silver
62
(RI)
Turquoise
Silver
72
(CT)
(RI)
(DW)
82
(CT)
(FV)
Turquoise
92
(CT)
(FV)
Silver
3
(FV)
Turquoise
13
(FV)
Turquoise
23
(DW)
Turquoise
33
(DW)
Turquoise
43
(RO)
Turquoise
53
(CT)
(RO)
Turquoise
63
(RI)
Turquoise
73
(CT)
(RI)
Turquoise
83
(CT)
Turquoise
93
(CT)
(FV)
Turquoise
Silver
4
(FV)
Salmon
14
(FV)
Salmon
24
(DW)
Salmon
34
(DW)
Red
44
(RO)
Salmon
54
(CT)
(RO)
Salmon
64
(RI)
Salmon
74
(CT)
(RI)
Salmon
84
(CT)
Salmon
94
(CT)
Salmon
5
(FV)
Amber
15
(FV)
Amber
25
(DW)
Amber
35
(DW)
Amber
45
(RO)
Amber
55
(CT)
(RO)
Amber
65
(RI)
Amber
75
(CT)
(RI)
Amber
85
(CT)
Amber
95
(CT)
Amber
6
(FV)
Coral
16
(FV)
Coral
26
(DW)
Coral
36
(DW)
Coral
46
(RO)
Coral
56
(RO)
Coral
66
(RI)
Coral
76
(RI)
Coral
86
(CT)
Coral
96
(CT)
Coral
7
(FV)
Emerald
17
(FV)
Emerald
Silver
27
(DW)
Emerald
37
(DW) 
Emerald
Silver
47
(RO)
Emerald


57
(RO)
Emerald
Silver
67
(RI)
Emerald
77
(RI)
Emerald
Silver
87
(CT)
Emerald
97
(CT)
Emerald
8
(FV)
Adventurine
18
(FV)
Adventurine
Silver
28
(DW)
Adventurine
38
(DW)
Adventurine
Silver
48
(RO)
Adventurine
Cell
58
(RO)
Adventurine
Silver
68
(RI) Adventurine
78
(RI)
Adventurine
Silver
88
(CT)
Adventurine
98
(CT)
Adventurine
9
(FV)
Rhubarb
Silver
19
(FV)
Rhubarb
29
(DW)
Rhubarb
39
(DW)
Rhubarb
Silver
49
(RO)
Rhubarb
59
(RO)
Rhubarb
Silver
69
(RI)
Rhubarb
79
(RI)
Rhubarb
Silver
89
(CT)
Rhubarb
99
(CT)

Rhubarb
10
(FV)
(DW)
20
(FV)
(DW)
30
(DW)
(FV)
40
(DW)
(FV)
50
(RO)
(FV)
60
(RO)
(DW)
70
(RI)
(DW)
80
(RI)
(FV)
90
(CT)
(DW)
Rhubarb
100
(CT)
Drawing and Process

Drawing and Process

So, the holidays got in the way of working, as they normally do. I’ve pretty much done nothing but eat and visit for the past two weeks, as one does on the holidays. So, discipline, yeah, I have none. So much for blogging on Wednesdays. That’s obviously something that I should have started after New Years.
I’ve read, in the glut of “how to keep your new years resolutions” things that have been showing up in the past week or so that it is better start one habit at a time, in order to be more likely to actually succeed in building and maintaining it. This is probably good advice, but sometimes I feel like I have so many bad habits that need breaking, and so many things I need to start changing about my life, that I want to start them all now. Probably a bad idea. So, today, I decided that I need to work on developing a habit of drawing. Yes, I’m an artist, and I don’t really draw, or, don’t consider myself very good at it. Mostly, I’m just out of practice, because I don’t do it nearly enough. So today I recycled a lot of paper. Because it’s all about practice, and I’m more likely to open my sketchbook and do something if opening it doesn’t make me feel inadequate by forcing me to look at skills-that-are-crap-when-I’m-rusty. And, really, after a few hours of warming up, I’m not too bad at this drawing thing, and practice will definitely help. So, here’s to creating new habits, like drawing every day, and here’s to tools to help you do it. Like pixelovely’s Figure Drawing Training Tool, which is damn useful for practice.
And to remind me that sometimes process isn’t everything, and doesn’t need to show (so I’m allowed to toss/burn/recycle/feed-to-the-cat my bad drawings) here’s a quote from Annie Dillard’s “The Writing Life” (italics mine):

When you write, you lay out a line of words. The line of words is a miner’s pick, a woodcarver’s gouge, a surgeon’s probe. You wield it, and it digs a path you follow. Soon you find yourself deep in new territory. Is it a dead end, or have you located the real subject? You will know tomorrow, or this time next year.
You make the path boldly and follow it fearfully. You go where the path leads. At the end of the path, you find a box canyon. You hammer out reports, dispatch bulletins. 
The writing has changed, in your hands, and in a twinkling, from an expression of your notions to an epistemological tool. The new place interests you because it is not clear. You attend. In your humility, you lay down the words carefully, watching all the angles. Now the earlier writing looks soft and careless. Process is nothing; erase your tracks. The path is not the work. I hope your tracks have grown over; I hope birds ate the crumbs; I hope you will toss it all and not look back.

Drawing with Frit.

Drawing with Frit.

The first non-test firing in the new kiln. Kiln works! Woot!

Nothing complicated. Black powder on Bullseye Tekta.
Before:
After Firing! not much different. except now it won’t blow away!
This programmer works on Rate/Hold, so I’m using that now… and I still like Celsius better.
Firing Program:
Currently Program 1 on Kiln
1. 333C/H to 745C hold 00:10
2. AFAP to 482C hold 1:00
3. 55C/H to 371C hold 00:00
4. AFAP to 21C hold 00:00