Friday, January 25, 2013

Studio Update

Last year, I spoke of my plan to build a studio in the "back forty" in the place Mr. Tabby cleared. That was a bit ambitious and we have had to make some changes to my plan. Mr. Tabby has also really gotten in to his metals (welding and blacksmithing).

So, we have decided to get a metal building for his shop. The picture above shows where it will go. He got a great deal on the building - with the caveat that he has to actually build it. Well, he and quite a few of his friends!

He will be vacating the garage and I will be taking over. The kilns are already in there so it made sense electricity wise. I will be finishing it out and adding on in the back. This week, we had some new doors and four skylights installed to give it some light. The second photo shows the absolute mess that it is right now. Things will be chaotic a bit longer, but the end result in my head looks fantastic. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Playing with Wax


Studio time has been few and far between these days. This weekend I had a play date with Gail and I played with my encaustics. These are interesting. Not sure what to do with them. But, burning them with the shellac sure was fun! Thanks Gail for making me take some time out to play.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Thunder Snow

I woke this morning to the sound of thunder. Looked out the hotel room and it is snowing! Weird Texas weather!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Recycling Metal

Mr. Tabby took me to a metal scrap yard to pick through the metals on the way to be recycled. We had a great time loading up the truck with potential art works. Look at those patinas! Twelve hundred pounds in the truck, out of the truck to be weighed, in the truck to go home and finally out of the truck and into the carport. Whew, what a workout!

It may not look like much to others, but I'm seeing bird sculptures, flowers and a few more finds in these junk piles. Mr. Tabby sure knows how to make me happy!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Frit Fantastic Class

I started the year off with a class at Dreamfire Glass with Sam Hibler. We made beads with frit using her signature blends. My beads are spending the evening in the kiln. Next week, I hope to have a few good ones to put in a bracelet.

Many thanks to Sam for setting up the class! A wonderful time as always!