A world of colour
The August meeting of Stanhoe and Barwick WI was a very practical afternoon. Janet and Mary, two of our members, who are experts in creating fused glass ornamental pieces had volunteered to run a workshop.
photos: Rosemary Brown
Mary, who originally learnt to do foiled lead stained glass work subsequently found a class teaching fused glass techniques, and was hooked immediately, bought a kiln, and joined with a friend to form “Mary Mary” a partnership which exhibited at craft events. Now working alone she specialises in hanging items, and takes part in Open Studios as well.
Janet originally wanted to learn glass blowing, but finding a fused glass course more creative was also hooked, and bought a kiln, and started creating small items for sale locally. Janet likes colour, and makes very colourful free standing items, and also very creative cards.
Our WI members arrived at the Hall to find tables set up with a square of glass and a cotton bud on a paper place mat at all the seating areas, and in the centre of each table a pile of sparkling glass squares of a myriad of hues. “Glass is sharp” was the warning. “Arrange squares of your choice on the plain glass square, and glue each one into place” were the instructions later on. Much concentration ensued around the room.
It was really interesting to see different colour schemes emerging, some carefully considered and exceptional, others really random.
The squares, to become coasters, have now been taken away to be fired in the kilns. It will be really interesting to see the finished coasters returned to their owners.
A lot of happy, relaxed ladies went home after the August meeting.