Monday, April 8, 2013: Shell Seeking.

The stained glass workshop is taking place at a seaside studio called the Lifeboat House. By seaside, I mean as a close to the sea as you can possibly get. I mean, built into a cliff. If you open the windows, you will get wet during high tide. This place is glorious. The weather is stormy and will be for my entire stay if the forecast is accurate, but I think it’s quite flattering for this part of the country. The sea looks spectacular in stormy weather. Ominous clouds, dramatic light.

I spent the first part of the day making a simple copper foil piece and the second part of the day making my first-ever leaded piece. Loving the lead process. Which is a good thing because it will be my life for the next few days. Part three of the day entailed reviewing and discussing my sketches with Mike and Jenny and making the actual design that I’ll be working from. I’m not sure if I posted pictures of the sketches, but if I did, you’ll see the picture of a girl on a swing looking off into the distance at a house on a hill. Mike had a great idea of making the house and the girl on the swing in relief. The whole panel will be leaded, but those two bits will be copper foiled and soldered on top of the panel itself. Does this mean anything to you? I’ll post pictures when I get back.

I spent the last hour cutting glass. I’ve never worked with anything besides float glass and mirror so it was incredibly exciting (and daunting) to start playing with such gorgeous and expensive glass. I left the studio at 6:30 and took a stroll around the harbor and down to the beachfront. I felt like Penelope from The Shell Seekers. I wish I lived here. Here, in the land of no Wi-Fi. I really do. On my way back to the B&B, I window-shopped all the galleries I plan on visiting tomorrow and stopped at the supermarket for some fruit.

Now I’m writing to you from the comfort of my bed, where I will soon be curled up in a ball, reading then sleeping. No sprawling. Cannot wait to get to the studio THE SEASIDE STUDIO tomorrow.

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