Peter McGrain WorkshopI completed Peter's stained glass workshop May 27-31, 2013, in his Bingen Washington studio! In addition to learning his VITRI-FUSÂILLE™ process, we also learned about age old traditional glass staining and painting techniques.
Show Piece, 7″ x 10″
Here is my show piece. Started on Monday, May 25, and finished that Friday. I had to come up with the initial design Monday morning, and after lunch break the glass so it could be fused in the kiln that night. In the days that followed, any work I applied got fused into it overnight night. It was fired the last time Friday evening. I picked it up Saturday AM before going back to Portland.
Each time we did anything, Peter showed us on our piece what he'd do and how, and then the piece got wiped off and you had to do it yourself! It's an insane process.
This started with about 60 pcs of Spectrum transparent glass (System 96) of the colors you see coming though. The pieces were fused onto a single clear piece of System 96 the first night of the workshop. Tracing lines, highlights and shading were created by applying and selectively removing matt in the days that followed. Of course I made mistakes, and some were recoverable the next day, but I lost control of it and couldn't fix it the way I wanted to on the last day.
Sometimes I look at it and just laugh out loud. Hard to believe I made it and that it turned out so well. Peter helped! It's crude, but original, and somehow that makes it art.
The Making of Glass LadyThe Drawing (cartoon), breaking the glass for the color areas, assembling pieces on top of a clear base plate of glass, close up of 'drop-ins', the fused piece, Glass Lady with tracing lines only (covering up most of the
Tracing, Masking, and Shading (PEAR)Here is one "formula" project from my 5-day intensive workshop with Peter McGrain (last week in May). We all had to make a pear, which was used to practice various techniques before we applied same to our "show piece". Peter drew the pear on paper and we took it from there. It consists of 8 or more pcs of colored glass that got fused together in the first step, and then painted on, etc, to produce this result. We started on the pears first thing Tuesday AM and they were fired in a small electric (or gas) kiln and they were ready for late afternoon work.
Staining GlassAs part of the ARTISTIC TRADITIONAL GLASS PAINTING aspect of the workshop, we learned to apply stains to clear glass. So you see here a piece that started out with just the lines lines (traced) onto clear glass, and then various colors stained on the back in successive firings. Then shadings were applied to the front in the form of a matt that is brushed on for shading and/or manipulated for highlighting in other firings. Our pieces underwent several firings per day (fast small gas kilns) as we worked on them.
The Workshop OverallIt was a blast. I was exhausted each day, as it was pretty non-stop. We had a slide show every day over lunch.. history, survey, other students work, stories, etc. Fun workshop! Thursday evening we had pizza and played music for a dozen
joiners. Peter plays accordion, I was on Tuba, and Susan played fiddle. It's a very happy place to be.
A FootnoteOn July 3, 2013 I went in on a tour of the Spectrum glass foundry in Woodinville, WA. No picture taking allowed, but you can see the tour of the foundry on their website. You are taken into the inferno on the tour! [Virtual Tour]
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