Blue Dog Glass studio is having a special exhibition, live demonstrations and ‘come and make it’ day on Saturday 12 September as part of Melbourne’s Craft Cubed Festival. Come and join us from 9am to 4pm at the studio here at 58 Carroll Rd, Oakleigh. Be inspired by the glass works on show and then reveal your inner glass artistry by making something yourself. To coincide with the studio’s student exhibition Keeping in Touch, we’re inviting you to visit us and make your own glass postcard! Under the guidance of our glass artists, we’ll show you how to cut glass into shapes and apply decorative features with stringers and frits. Then we’ll give you your own clear postcard glass and you can let your creativity loose. The project is suitable for absolute beginners. Children and families are welcome too. You can work on a postcard together or do one each. If you’re already familiar with kiln-formed glass, invite your friends and family and show them why you enjoy working with glass – and if you haven’t been for a while, come and reacquaint yourself with this wonderful art form. There’s a small charge of $20 for each postcard, with all materials and tools supplied. And we’ll have our experienced glassies on hand to help, encourage and offer advice. It’s a simple, fun and stress-free way to introduce yourself to working with glass. Once your postcard is finished we’ll be putting it in our kilns to fire so you can collect it later. Bookings are recommended and can be made by phoning us on 9551 3227. Walk-ins on the day will be accepted if there are still places available. You can also watch some live demonstrations of hot glass manipulation. Between 10am and 11:30am our resident glass jeweller Kathryn Wardill will be creating some of her beautiful beads under a torch flame. And from 11am to 1pm glass artist Brenda Page will show how to pull strings of molten glass from the vitrigraph kiln. Throughout the day you can also watch one of our glass artists create a decorative platter ready for firing in the kiln. We will also have a studio sale, so take the opportunity to stock up on your supplies. Everything in the shop (except kilns and kiln furniture) will be discounted 25% for personal and phone orders on the day (sorry, discount doesn’t apply to online orders). All make-your-own-postcard participants and studio visitors will also receive an entry in the door prize – a voucher for our beginner kiln forming class starting 16 November for four Monday evenings (valued at $198). Keeping in Touch student exhibition How do you take an idea and develop it into a finished piece? That was the question internationally acclaimed glass artist Kirstie Rea posed to students at Blue Dog Glass studio in her masterclass last September. Their answer culminated in a group exhibition showcasing the artistic and technical diversity of fused glass. Each finished piece was born out of an inkling of inspiration, brought to life through planning and testing, and meticulously refined by reworking processes and techniques. Following this earlier success, the group is reconnecting with a new studio exhibition: Keeping in Touch. Challenged only by the project’s size limitation (a 10x15cm glass ‘postcard’) they will again demonstrate the creative nuances of kiln fired glass and their own development as emerging artists. Each of the artists’ postcards will be a reflection of what they have been doing since their last encounter.