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New Pieces

WOW long over due but finally got back to taking some pictures and uploading here. We will start with some cast jewelry done with mixed frit colours.

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And some tableware etc.

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Great Day

Today we spent the day on Whitby Island with one of my favourite glass artists – Richard LaLonde. He was amazing and gave me several hours of his time. Not only took us through his studio but also into his home and showed us his pieces he kept along with his glass collection. It was quite a thrill to not only be in the presence of a glass master but to be able to handle pieces from the masters going back to the Higgins.  He is very much a soft spoken gentleman with a great sense of humour. No question it is the high light of my trip as far as glass goes.

Fused Glass Trays,Plates and a Bowl

The dishes are slumped. The jewellery still needs fire polishing and bails. Tomorrow is another day.

When I stacked the 2 plates/trays and the bowl together I realized they would make a nice dinner ware place setting. Maybe by the end of the summer a new set of dishes.

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This is a 3 section serving dish, would also make a very nice centerpiece with candles and beach stones or some crystals.

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This is the bowl done in the same colours as the serving tray.

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The 2 together with my helper in the back ground. She decided it was time for a nap, wish I could have joined her.

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Smaller of the 2 plates.

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Larger plate, much less dark blue. I love these colours.

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From this angle you can see the contours of the plates.

See you tomorrow for jewelry.

Finished Fused Glass pieces

Okay so the Olympics has taken over my life, it is almost over but remember the Brier starts on March 8.

Just to let you know that although I haven’t been blogging I have been working at glass in between everything and have some pictures to prove it.


Night lights finished, bagged, tagged and ready for sale


Stars – made, bagged tagged and ready for sale


Pictures finished, framed and ready for sale

And last but not least spent time trying to decide how to display our table this year as we are only going to have one instead of the 1 1/2 like last year. So room is the key. Found these new display items for our jewellery pieces.


It’s great, will hold approx 25 pieces and will take up less than a foot of table space.

So that has been my past 2 weeks.

There are drawer pulls firing now as I try to construct a back for them, there are clock pieces being done, lupine hot pads and belt buckles in the works.

Next week, new month

February Project

I have decided to take my friend Janet up on her challenge.

I will work everyday in February except for weekends either at the kiln or finishing projects from the kiln.

Hopefully this will kick start me in the right direction for the season.

So I started today and have several pieces in the kiln. One is the second firing of a panel I want to give tomorrow. Nothing like cutting it close. The worst is I usually do these in one firing and not sure why this time I decided to do it in stages. Hope it works, I slowed down the ramp up times as well as holding longer at the annealing time. Keep the fingers crossed.

Also have my first attempt at a mirror frame in the kiln. As well as 4 other pieces that are simply experimental getting ready for some frit painting.


As well I will shortly finish a piece I worked on yesterday. Will post a picture later.

Another trip to the North Shore

Yesterday I went to deliver an order to Wendy, at North Shore. I never look at this as a chore, I absolutely love Cape Breton and this time of the year it is particularly beautiful. So any chance I get to putter around I take it.

First we stopped at Shari’s for lunch. When we went into the shop we discovered that she sold the twig love seat she had there. A picture was in a previous entry, today it was replaced with her beautiful work

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Then we went to Wendy’s to deliver the order and watch Kerry Ann Gibson demonstrating lampworking

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That was fun and decided to take her glass when she has one in the area.

It was then time to return home along the ferry route. The mackerel are running so there are fishermen all along the shore. Some clean their fish there so the seagulls are ready and eager to get  supper.

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Won’t be long before the ships are back so have to get ready for my own stuff. Am going to do a number of the small metal wind chimes and put on the large tree I got last week, can’t wait to see it full. Along with the houses will probably do some fleur-de-lis as well as some stars of David and flowers. So fusing and slumping is the name of the game for the next couple of weeks.

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