Fused Glass Workshop

So due to being crazy busy, I hadn’t had the time to go play with glass since February.  Every Thursday since then I’ve had plans that haven’t allowed me to go to the glass workshop.  However, a couple weeks ago I had a free Thursday afternoon, so I headed over to Eagle Rock to do some new creations:

I mostly did some more window vases.  I had given some away and so my front window was looking a (little) bit bare.  Here are the five window vases I created:

This one was my favorite.  Definitely a lot of work — lots of cleaning and positioning, but I just think it’s so neat looking — the textures and the colors.

This one is pretty simple — just green and purple pieces arranged diagonally.

I also learned how to use the glass cutting saw at this workshop…pretty easy to use, although I definitely need more practice in order to get shapes just how I want them to be.

For this one, I thought it would be fun to explore using a glass other than clear.  I also put in some of the tiles that I made last time.

For this one, I used the iridescent stringer glass and then placed various shards of glass to go along with the pattern of the stringers.  Funny thing — so yellow and orange glass, before fused, look exactly the same.  Those orange pieces I thought were going to be yellow…so it was a surprise when I saw this finished piece!  I think it still looks good.

Then I got thinking…what else can I make besides window vases?  And then I thought perhaps I could try to make some pendants.  So, I tried a couple pieces:

The first, I tried to make right with these pieces I created earlier, only to be supremely disappointed with this:

I suppose I could make it into a magnet.  Or, the beauty of glass is that I can just try to keep melting it and see what I eventually get.

The second pendant I tried making to match these potential earrings that I made:

The result (piece in foreground)?  Not great, but not bad.  Definitely could practice more with pendants and earrings…something to explore on future Thursdays I have free!

About jenny

Jennifer Smith Greene is originally from and lives currently in Burbank, California with her husband Gavin Greene. Jenny completed her undergraduate degree from Woodbury University in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphics & web designer, both as an in-house and freelance designer. She also has completed a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked as a hospital chaplain and in support roles in various churches. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys watercolor painting. She has taken classes and workshops under Joseph Stoddard, Tom Fong, Danny Gregory and Jane Friend. Additionally, Jenny is active in the community and volunteers her time on the Board of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, a social service nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless children and their families by providing shelter and support services to help the families find jobs and housing. Jenny enjoys reading (and highly recommends the site Goodreads), watching movies, playing softball and tennis and taking walks with her husband. Otherwise, Jenny is always curious to find out about those people who come to her site and would love to hear from you!
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