Like with most 'themed' exhibitions or competitions, the challenge was to make an attractive piece whilst respecting the brief and remaining true to my own style of work.
In order to be faithful to my passion for colour, I decided to focus on Sale Water Park, since it would allow me to combine two of my favourite colours: blue (for the lake) and green (for the surrounding parkland). I decided to inject blue and brown strips to represent respectively Bridgewater canal and the tramway line. I was ready to go...
I decided on the proportion of blues and greens and chose different shades for added interest. Then I placed down the squared pieces, paying careful attention to the balance of shades.
I then cut a sea blue strip (for the canal) and a brown strip (for the tramway line) which I placed on the side of the piece.
This proved to be a slow process, involving much cutting and careful positioning of each piece, but I really enjoyed the assembling which took me back to my mosaic-making days!
Although I was pleased with the assembled piece, I felt it needed a splash of bright colour to give the eye a focus. I therefore added a red and yellow sailing boat which would be at the bottom of the finished vessel.
Once fused, I cut off the corners of the piece so that it would fit comfortably on the dropout ring with no risk of any corner hanging down and wrapping around the mould when heated up.
I was pleased with the depth of the drop and the size of the bottom (no smirking, please!).
The most time-consuming and labour-intensive phase of coldworking was now to start...
First, I cut the rim off the bowl with a diamond cutter, a delicate operation which can result in chipping the glass if executed too fast. I later decided to re-cut the bowl to give it a quirky slanted rim.
The last phase consisted of grinding the rim on a coarse diamond pad in order to level it.
Using a finer diamond pad allowed me to smooth the rim further before it was polished on two other pads to achieve the desired shiny appearance.
The finished vessel: I'm totally chuffed with seeing it on display at the Waterside Arts Centre :-)
More examples of vessels here
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