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Camp Creative 2015

01 Feb 2015

On Thursday 8th January I loaded up the station wagon with glass, lead and tools from Australian Stained Glass Supplies in Leichhardt and headed North the next day toward Bellingen. I was booked to teach a group of 7x students the basic craft of leadlighting, aiming to instill a passion for stained glass; by the end of 5x days solid work I think I achieved that aim. Everyone enjoyed themselves and seemed to be pleasantly surprised by what they made during the week.

Our Classroom (Morning of Day Four)Our Classroom (Morning of Day Four)

Cutting underwayCutting underway

Glass all cutGlass all cut

Cutting underwayCutting underway

Glass all cut & laid outGlass all cut & laid out

Cutting in progressCutting in progress

Finalising designFinalising design

Leading upLeading up

Leading upLeading up


Checking for accuracyChecking for accuracy

Selecting glassSelecting glass

Cutting in progressCutting in progress

Laying out the glassLaying out the glass

Morning of the Final DayMorning of the Final Day

Completed workCompleted work

Completed workCompleted work

Completed workCompleted work

Completed workCompleted work

Completed workCompleted work

Completed workCompleted work

Camp Creative is held in Bellingen every year, with the whole town getting behind it. Around 1,000 students participate in everything from Chinese Calligraphy through Saxaphone and Drumming to making a fountain out of bamboo cut from the surrounding bush. Many students come back year after year, taking on different skills each time or pushing their previous course to new heights.

Day 1: soldering the test panelDay 1: soldering the test panel

Tracing the cartoonTracing the cartoon

Soldering the test panel Soldering the test panel

Learning to cut glassLearning to cut glass

Design cut, ready to leadDesign cut, ready to lead

Day2: advanced studentDay2: advanced student

Learning to lead-upLearning to lead-up

Day 3: two finished worksDay 3: two finished works

Day 4: a leaded 3D object Day 4: a leaded 3D object

Ambitious project underwayAmbitious project underway

Correct handling procedureCorrect handling procedure

Thanks to a referral by Seraphina Martin, a regular teacher at Camp Creative, I took a class of beginners in leadlighting this January. We were in one of the woodwork rooms at Bellingen High School and I had 15x very keen students, most of whom had never cut a piece of glass before. The results by week's end were nothing short of amazing.

Day 2: designingDay 2: designing

Day 2: cutting glassDay 2: cutting glass

A re-lead underwayA re-lead underway

Day 3: leadingDay 3: leading

It was pretty warm most of the week and for me very exhausting: with 15x students I was on the go constantly. But I did manage to enjoy the ambience of Bellingen, heading down to swim in the waterhole at beautiful Gleniffer late in the afternoon or chilling out in the excellent cafes and restaurants. And my gracious host made me breakfast each morning which was very welcome and a great start to each day.


Day 5: solderingDay 5: soldering

A free-form underwayA free-form underway

Soldering 2nd sideSoldering 2nd side

There is lots of interaction at Camp Creative between the various courses being run and the whole town gets behind it. The wife of one of my students was learning ukulele; my billet was studying solar printing with Seraphina; there were concerts at lunchtime and evenings and on the Friday students are encouraged to wander through all the classes to see the results on display. The whole shebang finishes with a huge concert on the last night

A free-form finishedA free-form finished

Finished workFinished work

Finished workFinished work

Completed ovalCompleted oval

Rather than dash back to Sydney in one hit I drove as far as Forster/Tuncurry and stayed the night there. Enjoyed a stroll along the sea wall Sunday morning, watching fishermen, pelicans and dolphins play, followed by pancakes overlooking the lake: heaven! The cool, rainy weather was no doubt a God-send for all the firies battling blazes around the State but it put a damper on my plans for a surf along the way back home. But I did take time to explore Cape Hawk in Booti Booti National Park (under an umbrella) and enjoyed the drive through the forest to Bulladelah.

Sculpture by the SeaSculpture by the Sea

Breakfast overlooking the lakeBreakfast overlooking the lake

Since I was passing Newcastle anyway I decided to detour and drive along the foreshore to Merewether, a short distance inland from Bars Beach. Now that the Wamboin window is complete I'm ready to launch into "Holy Orders", third in a series of 5x small windows for the side chapel of St Augustines Anglican Church at Merewether. This was actually the first time I'd seen the two windows together, since it was dark and I was exhausted by the time I'd finished installing Baptism and Confirmation, the left hand window.

Windows no.2 and no.1, Merewether Anglican ChurchWindows no.2 and no.1, Merewether Anglican Church


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