Sunday, 22 April 2012

Back to Business

Now that I am home it's right back to business!  Here are a few things that are coming up: 

I will be back at Sheridan once again for the Arts & Craft sale in the cafeteria! There will be lots of great work by students and alumni.

When: Saturday April 28th, 2012
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Sheridan College, Trafalgar Road Campus, 1430 Trafalgar Rd, Oakville,

Free parking and admission!

I am also doing the West Hamilton Artists' Tour again this year.  I am so excited to be a guest in painter Gordon Leverton's home. This year's tour features 22 artists in 10 locations throughout the Locke Street/Kirkendall neighbourhood in the City of Hamilton.

When: May 12th & 13th (Mother's Day Weekend)
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Studio 7, 114 Stanley Ave, Hamilton, ON

Thursday, 12 April 2012


Well, the last two weeks almost killed me but thankfully I have survived. I do have one more exam (for my feelings on exams, see last post) on Monday and a final critique in holloware tomorrow then I am done, done, done! I am going back to Ontario in a little over a week - then it's right back into business/show mode. I will be doing another post about that soon.

I am going to be taking some nicer (i.e. not on the bench) pictures next week, so I will do another post with those as well. For now here are some more pictures:

This is a slightly more finished picture of my etched and mitered pendant - I have since attached a bail, but no photos of the finished piece yet.

One more process shot of my holloware....


And another view. I am so thrilled with how this turned out. I am so exhausted from finishing it today I don't even have anything else to say about it right now, but it's done and that's the important thing!

Monday, 9 April 2012

I should be studying

I hate exams. I have decided that they have no real world application. In what real life setting am I ever going to have to memorize information to regurgitate it back again? In all the years I was out of school I never once ran into any such situation.

I have locked myself in my apartment to study - despite some griping I have actually made a lot of progress. I hate to admit that the readings that were assigned are actually helpful, much more so than the original lectures in most cases. I feel like I should have saved myself a lot of time and early mornings and just did the readings instead of going to class.

Ok, I am done complaining about the futility of exams. I have had a very busy week, and I am in for another one this week. Last week I finished my production assignment for jewellery, despite my hatred towards powder coating. I still have a few little things to do as far as touch ups go. I am pretty happy with them, though it's one of those things that I have been looking at them for too long that I can't look at them critically anymore. They are beautiful because they are finished, finally! I think the gold plated one needs to be mine.

And then we get to etching. Thank god for Pam and her trouble shooting. The ink did not want to transfer onto the metal using the original method she had shown us in class. Finally after using the vulcanizer (used to make rubber molds for casting) we got the design on there.

Here is the silver all etched and perfect. I am so happy with it, I didn't even want to cut it up or do anything else to it. I have cut it and mitered it though, photos to follow when the piece is actually finished.

These are some of the samples I did to get the hang of mitering. I really like this technique now that I sort of understand what is possible.

And then it was Easter. I woke up yesterday to snow. Yes, snow. Apparently the East coast missed the memo about it being spring. Today it's more spring-like, which means it's grey and sort of drizzly which unfortunately is not much better. It's perfect studying weather though... which reminds me I should stop procrastinating and get back at it.

Monday, 2 April 2012


It's April and there are basically two weeks left of school. This is both exciting and terrifying. I am excited to head home for the summer and hop back into business mode and shows. I am worried, as always, that I am never going to get my work finished.

First, there is holloware. My raised cup in now in half!

Nothing is ever simple in holloware. Binding before soldering is a necessary evil and saves tons of time and headaches in the long run. It doesn't mean I have to like it though.

More binding for the base.

And even more soldering fun!

The more urgent project is my production assignment for jewellery, due on Thursday... I have made a ton of progress the last few days but there is still much to be done.

My soldering nightmare. Eventually I got all the forged elements on there, but it was not without a lot of frustration. I don't think I will ever be designing something like this again that has this type of connection.

This is the latest progress, or at least the latest documented progress. They all have the prongs for setting the glass now, they just need a bit of cleaning up, the loops soldered on the back, a bit more cleanup then some polishing. Some are going to be silver plated, one will be powder coated, one will have a patina on it, and another will be gold plated.

Still lots to be done..... But it's getting there.