As you probably know, the degree course I am on requires you to choose a specialism - the choice is Ceramics, Jewellery/Metalwork or Glass. Very very difficult! When I started I was fairly sure that I would choose metalwork and go on to combine it with my textile work.
But then I discovered that working in glass can give you all the elements of texture and layering that I love to play with in my textile work, and I was hooked!
This week we have been doing low-relief casting in the kiln, creating moulds by cutting up pieces of fibre blanket to give form and texture. We layered cut pieces of fibre blanket and sheets of float (window) glass - if the pieces of blanket go right to the edge you can put them between the sheets of glass to create gaps too.
My design all layered up and nearly ready to go - the edges just need to be trimmed.
In the kiln, surrounded by pieces of kiln shelf to keep it in place.
And this is how it came out!
Now, I didn't have this in mind when I designed the piece, but isn't it perfect?