After a few mishaps my blog is now sorted and I can try and produce regular posts.
My glassmaking skills are always developing and recently I have been trying my hand at glass pictures using frit which is crushed glass and glass paints. The pictures take several firings as this then gives the piece depth. This little one above was an experiment which I rather liked so I ended by slumping it over a small wave mould, this has created a freestanding piece of glass which can be placed on a window sill as an ornament or used with a tealight or small candle behind to illuminate the scene in the evening.
I have recently acquired a second hand kiln which is the same model as the one I already own, a Skutt Firebox 14. Now being me and of a somewhat sentimental nature I decided to give my first kiln a name and so held a little competition on my Facebook page, The Glass Dragonfly, to allow my followers to choose a name and the one that was pulled out of the hat, or bowl in this instance, was Noris. So now Noris has a friend and another little competition is taking place to choose a name for this new kiln.
New kiln had a bit of a poorly lid so after some discussion with a member of staff at my suppliers it was decided the best course of action was to purchase a replacement lid and install it. This was a bit of a daunting task as it required the removal of all the "furniture" on the old lid, and the disconnection of the control box and elements. However it proved to be a little easier than I had anticipated and new lid is now connected and kiln is working fine. I am feeling rather pleased with myself.
Now all I have to do is get to grips with our new wireless printer which doesn't seem to like me at all. I'm waiting for No 3 daughter to come home from sixth form this evening as she is very good at all this modern technology and I most definitely am not!