Thursday, 19 January 2012

Long Overdue....

Alright, well this is long overdue. Let's start with the end of last semester, seems so far away now. Kind of strange to look back at the whirlwind. This was part of my last scarf I made in weaving. The other ones were Christmas presents, this one was all mine! I also got a small table loom (only small relative to the giant floor looms) for Christmas and it came with all kind of amazing stuff like a bobbin winder and sample binders! It's going to live in Burlington, so I will have something fun to experiment with over the summer!

After all the soldering nightmares, here is my final piece for intro jewellery!

One of my pots with flowers! So pretty!

So then Christmas happened. Not much to say really. It was just amazing to be home and spend some time with family and friends. It was exactly the break I needed after a very busy, but successful first semester. And I got to eat copious amounts of general chicken from Blossom City. On my way back my suitcase weighed 80 pounds, this required a 2nd suitcase and quite the adventure at both airports. Clearly I have too much stuff, but I brought lots of goodies back with me which I am still enjoying!

Second Semester! Cuttlefish casting! It was pretty exciting, I had to do it twice to get it right but I learned a ton from repeating the process.

Holloware! We learned how to forge copper and brass. Behold my shiny samples!

I wasn't sure how I felt about forging after the samples, some things are kind of counter intuitive but then I started on my spoon! It still needs to be polished, but I am really happy with how it turned out.

This semester has already been crazy though, more academic than the fall. I think there is a rule that if you teach history you have to be hilarious and amazing. My 19th Century Art History professor David Howard is the best. He seems insistent that we all go to library school, which I find highly amusing as my dad is a librarian. My dad subsequently finds this hilarious as well.

I leave you with one of my favourite David Howard quotes so far: "I'm so happy I'm going to have a V8 and kill my sister. Boy those Romans are weird."

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