Glass Casting Workshop Success! - 7th Feb 2012

Glass Casting Workshop Success! Ten students attended Di Tocker's inaugural Glass Casting Workshop at her newly built studio in Ohaupo on the 4th and 5th of February.  It was an all women crew, and abilities differed some having done some glass work before but most were new to the techniques of glass casting.

Plenty of laughs were had as the group connected well and Di kept the atmosphere light while insuring plenty of information was shared about the processes.

On Saturday the students spent all day working on their wax models, carving fantastic forms from solid blocks of wax.  As usual the subject matter was completely varied, there was a candle holder, labyrinth, houses, cat, negative figure forms and other abstract forms. 

On Sunday the kiln molds were made, by layering the plaster over the wax model.  The wax was steamed out then the kiln was loaded ready for firing during the week.

All students responded well to the challenges and will be looking forward to returning on the 10th of March, when they will reveal their glass within the mold and use cold-working techniques to finish it.

Some of the student comment from the weekend;
"Excellent pace, amazed at how much we got through"
"Di is well organised and very approachable.  She knows when to stand back and when to move in without being pushy or superior"
"Seriously enjoyable"
"Very informative, great notes"

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