First of the studio updates, and most important to me, the construction has begun to split up the other half of the studio into four working artist spaces and a gallery for all of us to show off our work. The photo on the left shows the framing in progress that will be the walls between three of the work spaces. The contractor has given us an initial estimate of six weeks to completion. I’ve done so many remodels and rehabs of homes over the years, that I know to take these estimates with a pinch of salt, or sometimes a whole handful… I’m hoping for Thanksgiving and planning for Christmas. It would make a great Christmas present, don’t you think?
Next up for our studio updates, the torch station has been installed and is now operational. Terry installed some very steampunk looking duct work to vent out the gases from the torch, because we have to vent the kiln room and the sandblaster, as well. You can see part of the duct work in the photo on the right. It has manual gates to allow us to switch from venting the sandblaster to the torch or the kiln room, or a combination thereof. I’ve already had a go at making a few torch worked bits for a piece I’m working on.
Which reminds me, I have two upcoming shows to tell you about. The first will be in six weeks from now, running October 10 and 11. This will be the annual Sedona Arts Festival, and they’re having their 25th anniversary this year. It will run from 9 to 5 on Saturday and 10 to 4 on Sunday. I hope that you’ll come out and see all of us there.
The second show is the Sedona Visual Arts Coalition Fall Show taking place at the Sedona Arts Center from November 4 through 16. This is the second of the two shows that they put on each year, and the theme this year is “Blue.” We can all interpret that any way we want… incorporate that color, use the “I have the blues” definition, riff of the music style, whatever we choose. It should be an interesting show, to see how each of the artists interprets our theme.
Okay, back to the studio updates… It’s the SVAC Fall Show that I’m working on a mixed media piece for with the torch worked elements I was referring to earlier. I’ve got an old wooden shrine (shown left) that Terry has fixed up (making it more sturdy) and installed a light sconce into. I’m making a light shade in glass for the sconce and then making some glass bits and pieces to attach to the shrine. It’s still a work in progress, with some parts attached, some needing refinement, and some still being planned out, but not in progress yet. I already like the way it’s coming together, though…
And, for the last of the studio updates, we’ve also gotten the darkroom set up, so that we can coat and expose our silk screens in a light tight environment. It helps not to have to rush getting everything set up for screen coating or exposure, worrying about whether the ambient light is going to ruin the screens or the print. Both of us are excited to do more printing on glass. Well, for Terry, he’s done screen printing before, but not on glass until now, so that was fun to watch, especially when it turned out well on the first try.
Well, that’s all for now… more updates and glass from the kiln soon!
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