My granddaughter and I just finished our second year attending the Inter-generational Week at the John C. Campbell Folk School. Last year we did woodcarving and this year we did enameling. At its simplest, enameling is the process of heating glass and copper together so that they form a bond and the glass fuses to the copper base.
In this class, we used sheet copper most of the time which could be shaped by repeated heating and cooling. For most of my work, I stayed with flat forms because I’m hoping to be able to use these pieces in my bookbinding. Someone said to me that I seem to like rectangles and squares! Only because my books tend to be that shape. Here are photos of some of the finished pieces.
We used both torches and kilns to fire the pieces. The kiln was more predictable, but the torches were more fun!
I’ve added a lot more detail about how we worked, the materials we used and lots more pictures here. I’m excited to start trying to use these on some books. I have no idea if it’ll work, but it will be interesting!
On a totally different topic, I had lots of time to think as I was driving home, it took 2 1/2 days! One of the things that struck me, was the way the road has changed. I’ve driven Route 15 through Pennsylvania on a rather regular basis since the early 1970’s. In the early days most of it was two or three-lane, but now it’s almost completely a divided, four-lane limited access highway. Some of it still goes over the path of the old road, which may have been over game, trails, Indian paths, logging roads – I haven’t researched it. That evolution has been very fast. My image, though, was of archaeologists several thousand years from now, long after the automobile has gone the way of the chariot, painstakingly unearthing, studying and recreating all those multiple layers of roadway. Even now in towns and cities, when streets are replaced 19th century bricks, logs, rails etc. are found. Just a thought while driving!
Oh, and by the way, I have lots and lots of HUGE cucumbers. They’ve turned slightly bitter, so I think they’ll be compost or rabbit food, but the tomatoes are just beginning, so I haven’t missed those.