Early morning mushroom collection ready for lost organic casting! Bring on the flick refractory mould making and then ready for burn out and glass….. (at Edinburgh College of Art)

Early morning mushroom collection ready for lost organic casting! Bring on the flick refractory mould making and then ready for burn out and glass….. (at Edinburgh College of Art)

Looking for inspiration - Behind the scenes at the National Museum stores with new ECA Glass students #MA #MFA #friggers

Looking for inspiration - Behind the scenes at the National Museum stores with new ECA Glass students #MA #MFA #friggers

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Some of my work on show as part of the ‘Here we are at home’ exhibition by Popup! Edinburgh at Ocean Terminal. The show runs until the 14th September. http://popupedinburgh.org

MA Glass student Kirstin Binnie’s final set up!

MA Glass student Kirstin Binnie’s final set up!

MA Glass student Kirstin Binnie making final finishing to her hand in!

MA Glass student Kirstin Binnie making final finishing to her hand in!

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Sneak preview!! In the MA space helping Kirstin Binnie to make some decisions about lighting her new body of work ‘meeting points’; not long now until final hand in…..

Sneak preview!! In the MA space helping Kirstin Binnie to make some decisions about lighting her new body of work ‘meeting points’; not long now until final hand in…..

Day 6 Rona International Glass Symposium, Slovakia - Final day of the symposium; all ready for the grand opening! Beautiful sunny day for a fantastic range of glass created at this really inspiring conference. What an amazing experience to have unlimited access to a glass factory. I have certainly learned a lot about what can happen when you work with a big team of talented craftsmen - many thanks to all of the workers and the symposium organisers.

Day 5 Rona International Glass Symposium, Slovakia - Final day of finishing at the factory, difficult decisions selecting which work to put into the exhibition and which pieces to send home. Busy day setting up at the Rona Glass Kastiel, really pleased with the results. The pieces in the fountain are white to represent how glass has the ability to imitate other materials. In this case it is imitating Chinese porcelain and is a contemporary form of milk glass. Three of the pieces have hand painted Chinese porcelain decoration on the surface working around a distorted silhouette which has in and out depressions. The two central pieces are linked with an organic cane of glass which fits into two holes made in the side of the work. One piece remains clear whilst one transitions into a faded out white enamel. In all of the work a smaller replica piece can be seen sitting within each piece; imitating the exterior form. The pieces displayed on sheet glass are completely clear and are filled with small polished glass semi circles and a single smaller replica of the exterior form. The refractive qualities of the piece are very simple and reflect the outside view within the piece.

Day 4 Rona International Glass Symposium, Slovakia - Cold finishing the results from 2 days in the Rona hot shop! Lots of cracking off, diamond sawing, flat bed grinding and polishing by a fantastic team of cold workers. Then upstairs for UV gluing and spray enamel. Got to work with some very talented ladies in the hand painting area; who recreated Chinese porcelain patterns by hand in platinium. Looking forward to seeing the results when they are out of the kiln tomorrow afternoon.

Day 3 Rona International Glass Symposium, Slovakia - Working on the solid turned tops with the stemware glassblowers. And a piece for the group project, the blower used a torch to create areas of heat which were either blown out into bubbles or sucked in to make round pockets. Interesting to follow the process through, right to the pieces being put away in the huge lehr to the lady who scratches the glass with a diamond and uses a hot flame to crack off the tops.

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