We just finished the first week of making awesome art! The girls made numerous fused glass pieces, including a hanging pocket vase, a little plate, and several pieces of jewelry. On Tuesday, they made a mosaic stepping stone using cut stained glass, nuggets, mirrors and tile. I also took them on a walking excursion to Jingletown (just past High Street Bridge) where they saw some amazing mosaic murals on several buildings. On Wednesday, I gave the girls a star pattern and taught them to select stained glass, cut them into shapes, then wrap copper foil around each cut piece and around glass nuggets. Then I taught them how to solder the pieces into a star stain glass sun catcher (on a one-on-one basis). I was impressed at how they were able to do most of that work by themselves. There are adults who would have had difficulty doing what they did! Thursday was Painting Day with Rachel where they painted beautiful paintings on canvas. On Friday, we wrapped up the week with grouting and creating a gorgeous mosaic on the tops of two cabinets located in the studio. Rachel and I thoroughly enjoyed making art with these kids and can't wait to work with the next set of campers next week.
Hi, this is JaYing. Things have been hopping at the studio with many birthday parties, Ladies Night jewelry parties and preparations for summer camps. In the few moments of down time, I've been working on this pretty little cement birdbath. It's made with cobalt blue stained glass cut into squares (thank you Jessi and AiLi for the cutting!), hand nipped slivers of yellow & orange glass, glass nuggets and shattered tempered glass. One of our glass display cases' door fell off it's hinge and shattered into a million pieces. When Rachel began to sweep it up to throw away, I yelled "No! I'll mosaic with it!" The crackled clear glass adds a beautiful element to the mosaic. To complete this, I think I'll adhere a ring of mirror slivers, then finish with cut green stained glass. If you are interested in learning how to transform a plain cement birdbath or table into a work of art, consider taking a mosaic workshop. I'm teaching one this weekend, June 15/16.
Next project, transforming this ceramic urn into a fabulous mosaic! If you have something you'd like to mosaic, send me an email with a photo of it. I'll tell you if it would make a good mosaic project.
We had our first birthday party at the studio this weekend! A group of very-well-behaved 10 year old girls came and made some very nice fused glass pieces (well, they will be fused after a trip to the kiln). Cupcakes, snacks and FUN were had by all. JaYing did an AMAZING job teaching the girls how to put their pieces together, and Lili was a fantastic helper!
If you're looking for a place to have a birthday party (for kids 10 and older), call or email us!
This is Rachel's blog about our adventures in bringing The Artistic Home Studio & Boutique to life.