This is now my 2nd year of the Sheridan Crafts and Design Program. For the first year, I tried to do everything I was asked but was overwhelmed with the range of projects.
In my 2nd & 3rd years, I have choices to direct my time and energy. I am allowed to specialize.
I have chosen Kilncasting (melting glass in a kiln-probably using a plaster form) as my major subject and Coldworking (grinding, polishing, sandblasting, engraving); because of my previous inclinations, I also participate in some of the sandcasting classes.
Projects that I have been given to consider:
- Handibles – things that can be held in ones hand – some were to aesthetically appealing or comforting while others were to introduce a sort of dissonance
- Bowls – we were given a round bowl shape to work with but I found a slightly modified version to use as a base
Projects that I keep thinking would be interest to explore:
- Shoes with body parts emerging from the boot
- Fusings of plate glass
- Bibles in various configurations (laidopen or partially closed) made with soft glass, plate glass
We were given firing programs to use to tell the computer how to set the timing and temperatures as well as the duration of the melting and cooling times.