- Gay McKinnon
- Hello, and welcome to my art blog from Tasmania, Australia. I've spent time as a plant geneticist, teacher's assistant, painter, glass artist and book illustrator. I'm usually in the studio, the classroom or the lab. If you'd like to see more, please try the links to my folio page or email me at email@example.com. Thank you!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Farewell to glass
Strangely, I don't think I'll miss glass. It's a wonderful medium. Working with it taught me about colour, design, detail and finish; how to develop an idea from crude initial stages to a more refined level than I'd ever envisaged; and how to use time and materials efficiently (not that I always did). I've stopped making it partly because it's hard on my shoulder, but mainly I've given it up because I'm just too busy doing something even more satisfying - illustrating and writing.
Happily, I retain all the friendships that I made through glass, and the satisfaction of the things I've made, including my most enduringly popular collaboration - the jellyfish chandelier (left) which was the topic of my first blog post ever. We had planned to make a glow worm cave, too, but alas, it's too late!! I've pulled out of Off Centre gallery, but still have a few wee things at home if anybody is desperate for glass. I'd rather illustrate your book, though.