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|Sun, 10-20-2013 - 6:14pm|
I am back home from the Nova Scotia trip with Susanne. Came home yesterday. It was a good trip. The first week being taken up with the studio work to make the stained glass windows. Norbert, the artisan who owns and runs the studio helped Susanne realize her drawing designs for the windows, into actual stained glass windows. It was a great that I could stay and watch the process. I actually was allowed to stay and document the process by taking photos with Susanne's camera. It is expected that after the photos are edited, they will be put on a website for everyone to access to see how the process is done. This will be especially of interest to other artists who might want to do the same but who, like Susanne, have never done any sort of work in this medium.
It took less than 5 full days to bring the preliminary work of the stained glass to fruition. Susanne didn't have to do a lot so much as colaborate with Norbert as to which coloured glass to choose for each piece of the stained glass pieces that would eventually make up the designs of the two windows. Norbert had to do the actual cutting of the glass pieces since this takes some expertise to do so and to do it quickly, as time is of the essence! Susanne did get to do some painting on some of the pieces - done with paint made from powdered glass and which after painting on, is fired in a kiln. The actual leading of the pieces, to attach all the pices of the glass desgin (like a big puzzle) is done by Norbert's son. It is his job to attach the lead strips and to solder the pieces together. That was to be done after we left the studio, since Susanne had no part of this process. And then they will ship the finished windows to the church in Banff - perhaps they will arrive in a week or two. At some point the windows will be fitted into their places. I may be able to go to see when that is done or after it is done.
After our week at the studio, we were free to vacation for the remaining week in Nova Scotia. We spent time on an area of the south shore and visited Lunenburg and Peggy's Cove. We then went north to spend some days on the shore by the Bay of Fundy. The fall colours were superb! We must have hit the peak period of the colours, especially in the middle to north area of the penninsula. We spent the last two days in the city of Halifax. All in all we had a good time. Most of the time the weather was wonderful...warm and sunny. We did have some rainy cloudy days nearer to the end of our stay though.
So that in a very small nutshell (!) was our time in Nova Scotia. It was interesting and fun!.