A new flower for the garden
A strange flower appeared in my garden recently - it looks like I've discovered a new species. Those swirly purple and clear petals with a dark, mysterious centre are quite something aren't they?
I had a lot of fun creating my new flower at Court Street Gallery's fused glass workshop recently. Here I am cutting and shaping the pieces using the template I'd put together with tutor Alex's clear and friendly instruction.
You can also see some of the tools and equipment used... that dustpan and brush (bottom right photo) is most important as it stops the tiny pieces of glass which inevitably break off during the cutting process from going everywhere. The bottom left photo shows my final piece assembled and decorated ready for the fusing process.
Then it was time for cake and another cup of coffee. There's plenty on offer, plus the owners have created a lovely, warm and relaxed atmosphere at their gallery.
The petals and decorative elements are fixed on loosely during the workshop, so heating the glass in a kiln to fuse all the elements together is essential to create a usable item. Alex also fused a small holder to the back of the flower, into which a metal stake is inserted ready for planting in the garden.
Thanks to S for discovering Court Street's workshops and the suggestion we go for an afternoon's crafting. I can't wait to go back and try another of their varied possibilities!