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Fused Glass Art

‘Coffee break on Burleigh Beach’…..Fused Glass Art by Jenny Kirwan

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I made this piece of glass art today, (‘Coffee break on Burleigh Beach’ Fused Glass Art by Jenny Kirwan) and have just put it in the kiln to fire overnight with my other piece ‘Waiting for a wave on Burleigh Beach’  I will post the finishing designs tomorrow…..I can’t wait to sleep and wake up to see what the results will be………..

Fused glass art….these are the latest pieces of glass art that are ready to be fired in our kiln………….

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This will eventually be a soap dish after fusing then slumping in the kiln…..a new technique Steve is trying out….I think it will look brilliant…..
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Me! working on my glass art while Ruffles the Keeshond puppy is close by….out of harms way!!!!!
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‘Waiting for a wave at Burleigh Beach’……..my latest piece before firing in the kiln
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Steve’s glass soap dish, waiting to be fired in the kiln…….
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this glass soap dish will be beautiful after a firing then slumping in our kiln….a few bits of dichroic glass added at the end will make this gorgeous!

……….a pork roast in the oven needs checking on, so I will post the finished pieces tomorrow!!

Fused Glass Lifeguard Tower on Burleigh Heads Beach……Glass Art by Jenny Kirwan

I finished another piece of glass today and it’s waiting patiently to be fired in the kiln….when the kiln becomes free that is!!!  I love Burleigh Heads Beach in Queensland, Australia.  It’s one of the best surfing spots on the southern Gold Coast.  It has a fantastic community village feel and there’s some decent coffee shops and restaurants……..

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‘Surf boards at Burleigh’……..glass art by Jenny Kirwan

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This is the finished piece of art glass taken out of the kiln this morning, ‘Surf boards at Burleigh’……I fused it on a medium tac-fuse and the result was just what I was hoping for.  I also fused another piece that came out of the kiln at the same time………

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‘Wipe-Out on Burleigh’ ………… Fused Glass Art by Jenny Kirwan

Well, this fusing glass art is a learning curve for beginner me, but the more work I do, the more I will discover what works and what doesn’t.  This is OK but not the texture I wanted to achieve at all…..I wanted the boards to be jumping out of the ocean with some 3D texture……so the temperature has to be lowered to do this, but still on a tack fuse……I will know next time!  I think it will frame up pretty much OK though.

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‘Wipe-Out on Burleigh’ Fused Glass Art by Jenny Kirwan

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Yes, I’ve been at it again….making glass art and this is what my latest work is….a frenzy of surf boards and surfers been thrown around and wiped out by a deluge of waves.  This is how I would imagine it to look like in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast in Queensland…….I love this place!  I have now placed it in the kiln for the second firing and it’s been set on a tack fuse which will give it a little more texture to the finish.  I will wake up in the morning to see the result!  Early riser Steve I am certain will have it out and ready for my inspection!  Hope he remembers my ‘hot’ cup of tea first!  I love this one……

The finished fused glass…….

Photography not too good, but this is the completed glass that was taken out of the kiln this morning by early rising Steve!  It was mounted, signed and framed, ready for a space on the wall!  I loved making it and have started on my next piece already………

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Our barn is starting to look like an art gallery……excellent!!!
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Steve’s love hearts glistening in the light I love……

“Still Water” fused glass art by Jenny Kirwan

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“Still Water”

This morning I began a new piece of glass artwork ready to be fired in the kiln this afternoon.  Sea and beach themes I adore, so here is the artwork before it has been put into the kiln.  It depicts a yacht on calm waters with surf boards in the sand, ready for conditions to rough up a little!  I will post the finished artwork when it comes out of the kiln tomorrow…….I would love to be lying on that beach!

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placed in the rather lonely kiln, ready to be fired…….

Glass Art making on a wet Bank Holiday in the UK……a magic way to spend this day!

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My Tropical Fish ready for firing in the kiln…..

As in my previous post I mentioned the forecast for today, long weekend in England was to be heavy rain all day.  Well, rain all day has been accurate, but I would describe it as a soaking continuous rainfall, constant dredging type of rain, enough to make an Australian think about relocating to the southern hemisphere (lol!) Hmmmmm?

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All jokes aside! we went out for a lovely lunch today in one of my favourite pubs in the area, The Cricketer’s Free House in Shroton.  It didn’t disappoint…..great crowd, fantastic table, surrounded by some great cricket photographs framed and signed.  We shared a lovely bottle of red and both had the pie of the day….just fantastic.  I started some glass art before we left and have just finished it now and it’s happily lying in the kiln, fusing until I can open it again in the morning.

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I started with a sketch of what I wanted to do?
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ready to be joined together and into the kiln
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placed in the kiln…….
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…..and looking a little lonely in the kiln……..

We are building up quite a collection of glassware now and my mum in Australia has said she wants a set of entrée plates……….soon mum……..

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glass plates Steve has made sitting happily in the barn kitchen
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it’s grey and damp again outside……but not inside!!

Wet and gloomy Bank Holiday Monday……perfect for Glass Artwork and lunch at The Cricketers, Shroton, Dorset….wonderful!

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one of Steve’s gorgeous glass creations…….

It’s a rather wet and dismall looking bank holday weekend in England and today’s forecast is for heavy rain all day!  Wonderful!  Great news for Aussie outdoor lover me!  It’s perfect weather though to start some glass artwork and we’ll go out for lunch over in Shroton, then I’ll finish off my glass when we return…….I’ll keep you posted!

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The lovely old church in the village of Shroton…St. Mary’s Church

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The Cricketers Free House in Shroton, in my opinion has the best, consistently fresh, well made pub food for miles……and I will look forward to what specials they have on the board today!