art school

Right. So I’ve done a lot of metal casting, and tried using that knowledge for glass casting. Any of you metal casters out there will look at this wax and know it’s good to go for ceramic shell casting. All you glass casters out there will look at this wax and die laughing at me. And NO, it didn’t make it through the annealing process. So really, this is a visual joke for a very small handful of people. What an art nerd.

Okay, so we’ve had a visitor for the past few days, an artist, a glass blower just like hubby. Actually, he’s a former student of his. It was really great having him around for a few days! He’s from the Cayman Islands, is a fly fisherman, and a musician. He is moving further west (not much further west, just a hop, and the middle of the country is just, just, SO DARN BIG) so he can be with his girlfriend while she goes to grad school. He’s just had a successful show, with good gallery representation, so he’s not teaching for a bit and is focusing on his work instead. He’s also done a lot of glass casting, which is what I’m all about. I know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that if I tried being part of a glass blowing team, some one would get hurt. I am clumsy. Glass casting, though, that’s another kettle of fish.

These are cast in ceramic and glass.

I love shoes. I love making molds of shoes and then casting them in different materials. I met my husband through my desire to cast my old orthopedic baby shoes in glass. I was teaching at a university near his, and through students, found out about the glass program where he taught. I started teaching myself how to cast glass. It took eight attempts to get three single shoes. The frustration really got to me after a while, and I started casting things in slip instead for a little immediate gratification.

I'm not done yet...

From our visitor, I found out I was having such a poor success rate with my castings because of a temperature differential between the top and bottom of the kiln. It creates a lot of stress on the glass as its cooling. I also know some of my mold mixes were a little iffy. I have one I really like now, and he’s fixing the kilns at school, so that’s AWESOME because now, I can use them too and finally cast the most immaculate wax I’ve ever made to date.

This is a wax. It was made from a three-piece plaster mold that I made around the original shoe. It didn't come out of the mold looking like that.

The image above this one shows a shoe that made it through the whole process. However, it has some air bubbles and junk in the glass, so I want to do it again–using different glass and a different method of getting the glass into the mold. I can do that now thanks to our visitor!!! YAHOOO! This is a couple of big inches!