Monday, July 30, 2012

Pop-UP Summer Art Show

If your in the area please stop by for our opening reception.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Final Day with Students at Camp Seneca

 Glass Artist, Nancy Gong and I spent several days with 30 campers creating glass Mezuzahs or would you say Hiddur Mitzvah. The coming together of family & friends to create a religious object of beauty.
 Student work from yesterday. Today they would be etching, sanding, cleaning and attaching their glass pieces to the metal backing. Unfortunately the metal tubes to hold the sacred scrolls had not arrived in time. Nancy will be attaching them for students at her studio in Rochester.
 The Craft Shack
 Just loved their welcoming mascot. :))
 Nancy gives students the agenda for the day. Then we were off and running to finish everything up.
 We had all thirty students at one time but everything ran smoothly.
 Joy, explained the importance of the religious scroll that would be attached to the Mezuzahs.
 Final group photo.
 Did I mention enough what a great time I had and what a joy it was to work with all the counselors and campers at Camp Seneca / JCC.
 Nancy demoed how to sand blast which etched the glass.
 Here is what it looks like right after. Of course you removed the paper and clean the piece.
 Jessie etched the Jewish star on her mezuzah.
Jessie's final piece on the left.

Day 3 Camp Seneca Lake

 The Craft Shack, at Camp Seneca Lake. It was our home for 2 days. What a fun place to create.
 Tables all set ready for the students.
 The glass was ready. What eye candy!
Glass Artist, Nancy Gong greeting students and just about to start her demo.
 Yours truly... teaching design and the importance of sketching out your design first.
 Was it advice?, Asking for help? Teamwork? Or the cute girl seating next to them;))
 Students were very engaged. They kept us hopping. :)
 Hey look, he was listening to me and was sketching his design. Yeah!!! Love when that happens.
 Working hard.

This is the girls from our 2nd group of students that day. Good thing there are no teacher unions for summer camp. I put in a 17 hour day. But I truly enjoyed every minute. Such great kids.

Day 2 Life Learner

 Day 2 we went back to Nancy's studio to clean off our glass. Using a wet sander we cleaned any remaining compound off our glass pieces.
 Next step was to glue our glass pieces to a metal back.
 If you look closely at my glass you may notice there is white contact paper over the piece. Using a knife I cut out my design. The dots were applied with glue. I then sand blasted or etched the glass that you see.


Etching completed the next step is to glue to metal. Almost done.

A Life Time Learner

 Every year teachers are expected to completed professional development in their subject area. This summer I was  lucky to do mine with Glass Artist, Nancy Gong. Nancy had been commissioned to work with 30 lucky students at Camp Seneca Lake / JCC. She would be teaching students how to create a glass Mezuzah using Lambert s new laminate technique. I spent 2 days in her studio with my son, Luciano learning the technique so I could help her teach the students.
The photo is my sketches for the project.
 Nancy helping Luciano pick out glass
 Luc's station.
 We both learned the proper technique used to cut glass.
 Luc's glass all cut and ready to be sanded and etched. Sorry to say I forgot to photo how we prepared the surface for etching..
 Sand blasting the glass.
 We are setting up getting ready to use Komponent component to glue the glass together.
 My glass designs and work station.
Cleaning the glass before gluing.

It took us all day to get to this point.


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