The last half day of our screen printing class was a wrap up session. Once we finished talking about the last of our projects, now that they were out of the kiln, Louise provided the supplies we needed to pack up our projects safely for transport. We were also given a screen to take home, so that we could work on our own projects in our studios.
Louise also brought out additional samples that gave us even more ideas about what we could do with what we had learned during the class. She then gave us a demonstration of sandblasting with a patterned resist film that was created in a similar way to how we prepared our screens for the screen printing process. After the resist film was applied to a piece of iridescent glass, she used the studio’s sandblasting equipment to show how the process would create additional texture and dimension to our screen printed pieces. Some of the many samples she showed us from the sandblasting demonstration are in the photo on the left.
Of course, the minute I saw the demonstration and thought about the possibilities, I immediately wanted to add sandblasting equipment to my studio and take Louise’s Sandblasting for Kiln Glass course. Once I got home, I decided that I should wait until I get the screen printing processes sorted out before jumping into yet another technique.
At the end of our wrap up session, Louise spoke about a few other courses she was teaching, like her Relief Print Methods course, and Stacy Smith’s Powder Printing course, as well as courses that other instructors were teaching – like Painting with Glass – that would complement this class. Since I took the shorter version of the Powder Printing course (now listed on the course schedule as Hip to be Square: Graphic Coasters) last summer when I attended BECon, I feel comfortable enough with the powder printing process to not be interested in a repeat. However, the Relief Print Methods and Painting with Glass did sound very interesting, especially as a final layer to a screen or powder printed block. I’ve included an image of the sample project from the Relief Print Methods course write up off to the right.
All in all, I really enjoyed the class and practicing all of the techniques we learned, even if I don’t use all of them going forward. I also enjoyed the camaraderie of my fellow students, as well as that of Louise and Stacy. If you are interested in learning more about kiln formed glass, I highly recommend any classes taught at Bullseye, as the instructors who teach there are all top-notch. This wrap up post completes my series of posts on this Screen Printing for Kiln Glass course. Thanks so much for following along as I shared my musings on the class and the processes we used!
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