Say hello to the lady

Tulip lady comes out of the kiln

>>>Say hello to the lady


I haven’t normally shown heartwork, just glasswork, in this blog, but since this is Job #1 in my thoughts right now…

tuliplady1.jpgI finally cooked my biggest Emergent to date, the tulip lady (AKA Emerging 1), and decided to go for color instead of the all-cream palette I’d just about decided on.

Kiln had cooled down, so I opened it to peek, and got the expected Christmas and train wreck moments, all rolled into one.

First the train wreck: The R&R910 didn’t hold. Not sure why–because I babied that bloody mold and made it thicker than it needed to be–but the mold split at the left-hand third, near the top, and flashed to about 2/3 down the panel.

Since I’ve had the mold sitting in my studio for several months, I suspect I at some point bumped it and caused a small crack.
At the top, though, 3-4 pounds of crystal headed south, through the crack (dammit). I did not, thankfully, wind up with a glass kiln floor (thank you, kilnwash gods), but I do have one of the most expensive pot melts around.
–sigh– As a result, the piece is thinner at the top than I wanted. And the lady is sporting a big honking fin over an eyebrow, one that heads down toward the center of the piece.
But now for Christmas: The flow of glass took care of my one worry when charging the mold: That no matter how flowing my application, I wouldn’t get the wispy, organic shading I was after.

Thanks to the hole in the mold, I got all the flow of color I could want, and it did a kind of potmelt thing within the work itself that’s going to clean up VERY nicely. I think. For the most part, the glass flow direction follows the movement of the piece.

Did we get flow? Yeah, babe. We got FLOW.

Also, the surface is well-nigh flawless. Yum.

This needs a touch of edge smoothing at the back, nothing major, and that stupid flash taken off, but otherwise I couldn’t ask for a better surface. R&R910 isn’t supposed to need kilnwash, but if this is the quality of surface I get from doing that, I’m sold. (Thank you, Bullseye)

Apologies for the crummy pictures–she’s a little more stunning in person.

Anyway, I’ll take the flashing off the lady’s eyebrow, finish getting the plaster off, and figure out how to mount this thing on a wall. Then there’s photography, which might get tricky… but overall, I’m a happy camper. And I got FLOW…. 😉

P.S. Got the flashing off this weekend, unruffled the lady’s feathers a bit. Now she’s ready for a light sandblasting and some acid polishing.



  1. Charlene Fort January 8, 2012 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Well Cynthia, this is an absolutely beautiful piece. Are we going to see it at the Glass Gallery’s Gathering of the Guilds Show in May?

  2. gary brown November 12, 2007 at 7:39 am - Reply

    “That’s not a bug…it’s a feature.”

    After the holiday nuttieness, I’ve got to try some casting. As always, you’re an inspiration!


  3. robin grabowski November 10, 2007 at 8:27 am - Reply

    This looks to be a beautiful piece and I also can’t wait to see it finished..Sometimes syncronicity adds an unexpected and wonderful addition to a piece.

    robin g

  4. Leslie Rowe-Israelson November 10, 2007 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Well if anyone can figure it out it WILL be you. I like the idea of maybe controling a spot for the glass to run. Maybe out the bottom of the piece and make the bottom thicker and part of the design and it will help it stand all on it’s own and you don’t have to cut it off, it becomes part of the piece Cynthia. This will give you LOTS of movement . Les

  5. Cynthia Morgan November 10, 2007 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Thanks, Les. Well…I’ve done a lot of small casting with aperture pours, where the glass flows IN…but it stops. What I like about this is the flow through, as if the color is rushing past.

    So…I’m wondering if there’s a way to control this reaction and at the same time control the color movement. Place more glass than you need in the mold, put a hole in a sacrificial corner you plan to cut off anyway, and let the glass move through the piece into a reservoir (and I guess make yourself a really nice potmelt).

    Hmmmmm. Wasn’t really what I had in mind, but this is the first time I’ve seen this level of movement all the way through the piece. There’s something worth figuring out here, not sure what. 😉

  6. Leslie Rowe-Israelson November 9, 2007 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Well how fantastic. Surprises are the best and it can lead to such amazing ideas (how to control that movement but save the glass and integrity of mold). VERY cool . I can hardly wait to see it all cleaned up and I can just see you with your water pik outside in the pouring rain salivating as each piece of mold material comes flying off and onto your nice black pants and shirt. Tee hee. Well done Cynthia. Les (and yes, kiln wash does work wonders)

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