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glass fusing samara costa rica

Gecko Glass just received a shipment of fusible sheet glass, System 96.  Lots of great colors.  Drop by the studio for a class.  New colors to express yourself.


Enhancements

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a- j6 blue heart  Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of wire-wrapping over glass “puddles”.

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When I make mistakes in fused glass pieces, I break them up and re-fire them into “puddles”.

Tree of life pendant Sometimes, I use these puddles in other fused glass pieces – see if you can find some in my portfolio – but often, I turn them into jewelry.

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Lately, I’ve been wire-wrapping them as earrings and pendants.

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I started with the “Tree of Life” – I love this simple motif – and then branched out into some more abstract designs.  a- j7 j8 j9

My friend, Connie – she is great with beads and beading – helped me enhance these pendants with beaded ropes for necklaces.

Tree of life pendantSome of these pendants will be shown in Samara Organics soon.


New Website

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Gecko Glass

Gecko Glass has gone live with a new website at http://geckoglassart.com.  Check it out for new work, classes info, and portfolio.  You can still follow my blog for news and events by clicking in the right hand column here.


Send me your empty, your poured.

kiln operation

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After yesterday’s kiln repairs, these lichor bottles look just as I expected: bright, transparent, without spots and no cracking.  Now I’ll paint them with tropical birds that I see around my house.

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These are the ones I fired last week when the kiln wasn’t working properly: lots of devitrification (chalkiness), bubbles, exploded bubbles, and generally ugly.  I am so pleased to have figured out the problem.

Send me your empty, your poured.


Occam’s Razor, glass version

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Occam’s Razor, is a problem solving principle surmised by a 14th century Franciscan monk as “Among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected.”  Or as Steve says it, “The simplest solution is almost always right”.

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I have refined this in the glass studio to “When you don’t get the results you expect, do a paper test.” which really means “See if the kiln is working.”

glass fusing costa rica A little slip of paper tucked into the coils of each element will scorch and burn if the elements are getting hot.  Currently, the side wall elements are not heating up.  I’ve been cooking everything with only one lid element – for how long, I don’t know – creating huge temperature differentials within the glass and causing stress and cracking.

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I’m pretty hopeful that repairs today will solve many of my recent issues and frustrations.  Jodi at Glass With a Past had lots of great suggestions but I’m going with Occam’s Razor for now.  Wish me luck.


Que Lindo!

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What a great Que Lindo Feria de Arte.  More than 57 artists brought their creativity, dynamic energy, and cooperative spirit to the Natural Center in Samara last Friday.  Some truly beautiful work was displayed and sold.  Many new friends and connections were made.  Thanks to the more than 500 shoppers and to those supporters who took home a hand-made one of a kind piece of art.  You helped secure the future of art in Sámara.  Through the raffle and registration fees, we raised more than c138,000 ($275.00) for art education in Sámara.  We will divide it equally between CREAR, who will paint a mural inside the community salon, and Sámara Pacific School, who will make a community notice board surrounded by mosaic of shells, seeds, and stones. (more…)


A New Year’s Eve wedding gift

fused glass art costa rica

fused glass art costa rica

I was commissioned to make a wedding gift for Jim and Evelyn, who tied the knot on New Year’s Eve.  We shared a lovely evening and sent them into their new life together with an amazing fireworks display over the ocean.  I hope this 14″ platter will remind them.  Best wishes to a great couple.


Currents

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A new series, “CURRENTS”, will be on display tomorrow at Samara Organics Mercado & Café.

glass fusing in the tropicsglass fusing costa ricaThis one reminds me of the ocean.

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And Costa Rica is so very green


This class filled the kiln this time

fused glass in samara costa rica

fused glass in samara costa rica

It was a big class this week, so we stuffed fused glass art into every corner of the kiln.  Two plates, two votive holders and two night lights.  A great family activity produced hand crafted vacation mementos.


Bring it on

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Halloween costumes tucked away, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas.

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These 4″ Poinsettias will look great hanging on your Christmas Tree and remind you of the native Pastor that are already changing color along the roadsides in Costa Rica.

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Grab one, while they’re available, at Samara Organics – 5,000 colones.


Design with light

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fused glass art in samara costa ricaAnother fun glass fusing class with beginner, Jeff from California, and frequent fuser, Roy.  Colors seemed to be of a theme on this cloudy tropical morning.  But Roy, this votive holder is my favorite piece yet of yours.  Great design work!  Nice arrangement of colors, darks and lights, and, of course, “surprise”.  It’ll catch the candle-light beautifully.


Kids’ class in Samara

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Friday afternoon, we made light catchers with students from Mareas Homeschool, here in Samara.

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We talked about glass: what it is made of – and glass fusing: what happens when it is heated in a kiln.

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We talked about color, the color wheel, and how different colors work together.

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We used pre-fired pieces of fusible art on top of a clear base sheet, in designs to match or drawings.

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Here are the light catchers, with hooks, in the kiln and ready for firing up to 1490 degrees farenheit.

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Twenty-four hours later, we opened the kiln to find the pieces of glass fused to the base sheet.

 

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And, voila!

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Colored light, ready to hang in a window.

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Kids classes can be scheduled for small groups.  Call for more information.


Another fun glass fusing class

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fused glass class samara costa rica

A variety of colorful and bright of colorful pieces made in this week’s class: a nite-lite, 2 plates, and a votive holder.   It’s fun to see how different personalities are manifested in light and color.


Make art while on vacation in Costa Rica

glass fusing class in samara costa rica

glass fusing class in samara costa ricaBeginning Glass Fusing classes are offered at Gecko Glass studio and are taught by Lavae Aldrich. The class includes:

  • Materials
  • Tools
  • Two kiln firings.

You’ll learn the basics of kiln-formed glass while making your piece of artwork, including:

  • glass cutting
  • design and layout
  • fusing
  • slumping

???????????????????????????????For a first project you’ll choose from molds to make a 6” x 6” plate, dish, votive holder, or a nite-lite. Classes focused on jewelry, stenciled powders, and metal inclusions are scheduled by request – just ask me in advance, if that’s what you’d rather do, to schedule a focused class.

Gecko Glass studio is just 1 ½ kilometers outside of central Sámara. It’s about 30 minute walk, mostly along the beach.

Fee: c10,000 ($20.00), 2 hour class. Students should allow at least 72 hours for firing (before you leave town).

a- advert 3Reservations are required: Call 8977-1576 or email lavae@casaelgecko.com

 



Jewelry/Bead Kiln for Sale

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kiln for sale

Here’s your opportunity to get into glass art for a small investment.   Learn a new art or  add to your existing studio.

AIM glass fusing electric kiln.  10” x 10” x 9” deep is perfect for fusing jewelry and small pieces or for annealing blown glass.  120 volt with a manual controller and a bead door.  Used.  priced to sell at $200.00.

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10″ x 10″ is perfect for plates and bowls.

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9″ deep allows you to slump into tall drop molds.

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Manual controller.

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With bead door for annealing beads and blown glass.

for sale Samara

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Digital thermo-coupler.

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120 volt electric elements

Email Jimmy for more information: jimmybennett3@yahoo.com


Waterlilies Redux

glass fusing in samara costa rica

glass fusing in samara costa rica

I’m really excited about a new series I’ve started.

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I was so inspired by this gorgeous photo by Frans Lanting, that I attempted to recreate it glass and copper.

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How’d I do?


High season class schedule

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Lavae Aldrich at Casa Gecko Glass is offering Glass Fusing classes Monday, Thursday or Saturday mornings at 10 am during high season.  c10,000 fee includes class, materials, tools, and two firings.  For a first project you can choose a plate, a votive holder, or a nite-lite.  Jewelry classes, stencil powder classes, and metal inclusion classes are scheduled by request – just ask me in advance.

2 hours class.  Students should allow at least 72 hours for firing (before you leave town).

Call 8977-1576 or email for a (required) reservation.


Que Lindo Art Fair a big success!

Over 27 artists showed their wares at the annual Que Lindo Art Fair in Samara yesterday.

Over 27 artists showed their wares at the annual Que Lindo Art Fair in Samara yesterday.

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New class schedule

glass fusing samara costa ricaGlass fusing classes are offered Monday, Thursday or Sat. mornings at 10 am during high season.  c10,000 fee includes class, materials, tools, and two firings.  2 hours class.  Allow at least 72 hours for firing (before you leave town).  Jewelry classes are scheduled by request.

Call 8977-1576 or email for a reservation (required).

Come melt something!


Que Lindo Art Fair

by Patty Shattuck

by Patty Shattuck

Playa Samara is home to an abundance of creativity.  Come see what local artists make.

by Lavae Aldrich

by Lavae Aldrich

Friday 24 January 2 – 6 PM

At: Samara Organics in the Natural Center.

by Marlene McCauley

by Marlene McCauley

Paintings – Holly Crenshaw, Davina Pritchard, Marlene McCauley, Patty Shattuck, Nathan Miller, Sara Lacrimi. Davina Pritchard

Pottery –

Mixed Media – Maria Fernanda Galvez,

Fused Glass – Lavae Aldrich

Sculpture – Nancy Reilly

Jewelry – Gallery Sandalo, Anita Azul, Josefina Riccheri, Lavae Aldrich

Clothing – Josefina Riccheri,  Anita Zuzul

Wood Frames – Jim Casey

Children’s activity table – Crear


Fusing flotsam

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Because my glass fusing studio is at the beach, students are always asking me about using shells and sea glass. The sea glass, I explain to them, is an unknown quantity that probably won’t fuse well to system 96 or float glass.  We can talk about compatibility and different formulas of glass.  But I had no way to explain why I believe that shells won’t work in a fused glass project.  So when Kelly insisted, I let him try.  He sandwiched the shells between two layers of 1/8″ glass and fired to full fuse.

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The results speak for themselves, I think.


How to wrap a puddle – class

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Wire Wrapped Glass Jewelry Class – 1 pm Monday 11 November 2013jewelry class samara costa rica

Guest artist, Joyce ???, will help us learn to wrap a glass puddle or stone for jewelry.  We’ll make

–        Earrings

–        Pendants

–        Charms

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I have a bucket of glass “puddles”, many matched in pairs for earrings.  Or bring your own stones or beach glass.  Joyce will show us how to wrap them with jewelry wire.  I have wire and findings for pierced or un-pierced ears, as well as for pendants.  Please bring needle nose pliers if you have them.

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Call or email for a reservation.   8977-1576 or glass@casaelgecko.com. C7,500 ($15.00)   You’ll make 5 pairs of earrings, pendants or charms.


Trinket Triumph

kiln opening

kiln opening

It’s always exciting to open the kiln after an all-night firing.  The results of our first jewelry class were successful.

Linda's pendants

Linda’s pendants

Linda’s pendants turned out well, with bits of dichroic sparkle.  Ready for a simple silk cord.

Becky's set plus

Becky’s set plus

Becky has a nice blue set with a pendant and earrings.  Here copper mesh earrings are swell.

Roberta's suite

Roberta’s suite

When Roberta picked up her pieces, she sat right down and fitted the findings so that she could wear her earrings and pendant on the plane home.


And now we wait

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Fuse Glass Jewelry class was a lot of fun.  (more…)