Reduce, Reuse and Recycle…the best way to procrastinate!
With each project, I pull upwards of 50 pieces of glass looking for the right combination of colours and textures needed to design the perfect glass panel. Editing the choices can sometimes be time consuming as each choice affects the mood and flow of the final design. I’ve been making glass projects for over 25 years, amassing a nice collection of glass. Some pieces are so precious that I pull them from the shelf, enjoy their beautiful details and put them back again. I’ve decided that I should REDUCE my glass stock…including the old, hand-rolled pieces I’ve been hanging onto.
In this blue panel, one piece of grey glass still had a sticker reading, “Made in Western Germany” on it! This is a mouth-blown glass that has a slight waviness and tiny air bubbles within…a stunning piece.
So, after I finished the panel, it’s time to clean off my workbench by placing the remaining glass back in the racks. Instead, I decide to REUSE the glass already scattered on my table and design and build a smaller blue panel with a totally different look.
Even after finishing the smaller panel, I still have small pieces of glass to put away…but I don’t! I choose to make little blue birds with the pieces. I even RECYCLE the off-cuts. All the small bits of leftovers end up in the hands of another artist who uses them in mosaic art pieces.
By now, you’ve probably realized that I would rather be making stained glass pieces, not cleaning up the work bench. Reduce, reuse, recycle…the best way to procrastinate!
Janet will be in the gallery again on the 18th and 19th of August.