10.7.12

Glass Artisans Studio and Gallery: the Cape Breton Trip

My intrepid friend Lori and I went to Cape Breton to Wendy Smith's Glass Artisans Studio and Gallery-- to test out the facilities for a variety of reasons, the most important of course, to see how much fun we could have...
My office on the ferry... extra keyboard, nice office chair, and room with a view... all the comforts!

I had measured out sides for boxes, screens, etc., and packed all the pieces into the car prior to leaving. So Friday morning, one of the first things we did was build the boxes and the sifter while we waited for special sand to arrive.

And bags of sand arrived... along with bentonite...

... so the badminton games began... no, sorry, the SIFTING began...

... and the mixing...

... and the mixing... our premade screen was not working, but the rackets did the trick...

And we visited the wood carver next door, who very kindly cut out a few shapes for me to try to use with the sand and glass project... an I practised for the Calgary Stampede while I had the chance (seize every opportunity dontcha' know!)...

Lori liked this picture so much that she made a movie of it. I wish I could re-figure out how to post movies, because it is a very good one.

We went to the wharf to see what we could find in terms of shapes to use for casting, and of course got to chatting with the fishermen... that's another long story... the upshot is that we found two beautiful tuna tails on the roof of the car when we came back from our hunt...

Cape Breton's own Liberty...

Back to work! Prepping sand before next pour...

Glass girls at the glass foundry...

...pouring molten glass into the mold, and entertaining the folks all at the same time. We even got tips, what a laugh, enough to buy beautiful dinners at the Clucking Hen Bakery across the road!

My very serious assistant and world famous torch worker.

Swimming hole under the bridge... Lori had to fight for her union breaks on the sweltering days!

We had to keep working at the sand mix, and finally found that beach sand was a great addition... the workers were quite tired by the time management decided that more R&D was required in the materials department...

...so much so, in fact, that sand angels seemed reasonable (and the photgrapher had to take 7 photos before Lori's head actually got included in the image)... it's a tough world out there!

Sunset beach walks after long days...

... morning beach walks before things got crazy at the hot shop...

And to top it all off, beach colours were de rigeur on this coast; a quick stop in Value Village when we went to Sydney for groceries resulted in these what-I-thought-were-an-interesting-red-but-turned-out-to-be-rather-intense-fucsia pants. Much to some peoples' chagrin, I wore them all the time, they are linen, which is, of course, a much coveted and lovely fabric. Everybody knows that.
So, the trip was busy, eventful, packed, and good. There is a lot of potential for this to be a great resource for me and for other glass people on the East Coast... Wonderful people, great neighbourhood, check it out when you're on the Cabot Trail, I might even see you there!

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