August 9, 2018: Glass Class

The SLAC-kers love the stunning fused glass turtle Vicki Brown made for the club, and they jumped at the invitation to make their own glass pieces in Vicki’s home studio.

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But first, they visited Farmer Brown’s garden (that’s Vicki’s husband, Steve).IMG_20180809_102418912
They pulled carrots right out of the ground…
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…and pretended they were pens (not pictured: attempting to use the carrot as a weapon).IMG_20180809_102834238

Farmer Brown gave the girls lessons in all sorts of vegetables. IMG_20180809_102801935IMG_20180809_102804732

Then Vicki started her lesson on working with glass. IMG_20180809_104600551

They were allowed to use all the tools after a saftey lesson. IMG_20180809_110400677

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Here are some action shots of the girls making their pieces (they chose to make coasters). IMG_20180809_112753123IMG_20180809_114134236

If you look closely, there’s a turtle in the middle of this piece. Gotta represent.IMG_20180809_114359781

Even the adults got in on the lesson!IMG_20180809_112714930

Vicki explained how the kiln works. It’s a tricky process with many steps—thankfully, they’re all automated. The temp inside this piece of equipment can get up to 1,500 °F. IMG_20180809_121242047

Here’s how they looked before being “cooked”… IMG_20180809_115534808

…and after.

 

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Photo: Vicki Brown

 

Thank you, Vicki, for teaching the girls something new (and for donating all the materials). We had a blast and learned so much!IMG_20180809_120039334

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