Tuesday, November 1, 2011

workshop, day 1 and 2

I know. Another post about my work. Sorry. I'm pretty single minded right now.

So, you might remember we taught the first two days of a three day workshop this past weekend. This is the first time we have taught this particular class, lost wax casting pate de verre in a tile format larger than the clay models which are 4” x 4” and we did it with 11 students. These were 6” x 6”. Marc prepared the wax blanks ahead of time and the students added the design. They had all the first day to work on their model.

Most of our students had never worked in wax and it's something you have to build a skill set for, you know, practice, so by mid-day I was feeling a little afraid. Oh no. I've set all these people up for failure. They'll never get these to any kind of finished level by the end of the day. It was looking pretty grim and I thought I was going to have a lot of disappointed people on my hands.

About an hour later I was feeling a little more optimistic and by the end of the day I was really pleased by what they had accomplished.

Sunday they made their molds, we steamed out the wax with a bit of mis-hap, and they got them filled and in the kiln.

Next Saturday we get to see what they made. That's always fun.


  1. It looks like you've got some talented students here Ellen. What fun it would be to take your class.

  2. I completely understand the process you went through, teaching this: omg...it's going to be a train wreck...no wait...these are savable..these look pretty good...oh wow, awesome. So cool, eh?

  3. Oh my! They did a fabulous job! How fun for them. Can't wait to see their finished pieces!!

  4. Yep. Can't wait to see the results.

  5. Wow Ellen, you've got some talent in that class. Either that, or you are just an excellent teacher. I'm guessing it's a some of both, but heavy on the latter. ;)

  6. Those look great! I really almost like the waxes even better than the finished product - although I guess I can't say that for sure until I see them, can I?

  7. OH COOL! I want to do that! Intriguing and anxious to see what happens next!

  8. the process is half the fun
    I love what your students are creating

    the crosses in the previous post are so beautiful Ellen
    what amazing work you do

    Hope sends hugs


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