Sheridan College Glass Installation (new Mississauga Campus) – “The process”

There was a lot of work gone into this installation…

Meetings began last spring and our program head Koen Vanderstukken kept the momentum going right through the summer.  Upon our return from summer break, we sectioned off the various aspects of the planning.

From the pictures below, there are numerous drawings to adjust to the measurements of the Mississauga entrance layout.  Maquettes were designed and built by students and staff.   The lighting issues became a stumbling block.  The frames from which the strings of glass boro tubes will be hung had to be delivered, drilled with holes to accommodate the hanging wires.

Our technical assistant Jason Cornish has dutifully and calmly maintained a lot of the everyday equipment so that work could continue, in spite of the fact that equipment routinely breaks down!  The man seems to be everywhere at once AND he must have eyes in the back of his head to keep track of the casualties.

Naturally, there was never really an ideal area in which to lay out the work.

  • To drill the holes in the frames, blowing students lost access to their blow slots for a few days.  Withholding blowing time to a glass student might be the equivalent to withholding cigarettes from a heavy smoker!
  • From early in the morning, one can hear the sandblaster going; most of those glass boro tubes (approximately 2 full skids of tubes take hours and hours of student patience) are to be sandblasted to give the appearance of being frosted.
  • After being sandblasted, they must be washed and dried and packed away for transfer.  Some tubes get broken during this part, so we have to allow for extras. The thumb of the left hand of the sandblasting gloves (new as of September) has worn clear through to the inside.
  • One of the students even designed a jig to hold the tubes so that 4 could be blasted at once–to speed a rather slow process.  NOTE: it was probably someone from the furniture department that actually produced the wooden pieces to hold those tubes.
  • The tubes will be held up by stranded wire which must be cut to length and terminated as it is hung from the frames.  See those frames being carried to and fro by the students? Yes, well… Space is at a premium here.

Although I have only photos relating to things my classmates and instructors have done, it should be noted here that other departments elsewhere in the college have participated.  Other students have written articles for submission to the Sheridan Sun news.  Other students and staff have supported the needs of this huge undertaking.

Once again, in the spirit to which I have grown to love my time at Sheridan, this is not something isolated to the efforts of one program alone.  It is a labour grown out of affection for the institution that makes this type of undertaking come together–without an explosion of tempers–as the pressure for completion builds.

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About whendidwestart

I am what I consider to be starting my life over. I have been studying art for 2 years and have begun 3 years of glass Crafts & Design in Sheridan College. I am also discovering how much I like to write online--a good thing because applying for scholarships will have one writing a lot of essays. My summer 2010 was about finding the funding to cover my expenses. Whatever I thought my life would be about this past year of school, I never expected to be trying to help 2 daughters in 1st year college when their funding fell short. My summer 2011 became about sitting still long enough to consider the impact of my goals. I look for $$ for supplies and I look for $$ for equipment for when I complete my program. I have a commercial size compressor for running a sandblaster; but no sandblaster. I have a Skutt kiln; but cannot afford the hydro required to fire it up. I have some stained glass and supplies; my program has just had stained glass artist Joseph Cavalieri from New York to input ideas on how we could incorporate what he does to what we do. When I finish here at Sheridan, I expect that I will do mostly cold glass work--stained glass and sandblasting..... Perhaps some work with stone because many of the properties of stone are similar to working with glass! I am also about sharing information with others who want to break from traditional thinking about a lot of things. For example, I have been a Bell Canada since I left home at 15. My Mom used to be a Bell Telephone operator when Bell was the only game in town. My Stepmother and her sister and my sister all worked for MaBell. I once worked for Bell Northern Research and until recently, I thought I would be a Bell customer for life. I am not so certain of that any more. I want to know more about economical phone plans (land & mobile). Are there any out there? I have recently begun to realize that to stay ahead of the game, one would almost have had to study law to understand the significance of a phone plan--no matter what the ads say!
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