The steel and glass wall sculptures for James Monroe Elementary School are coming together in fits and starts. Some days I feel I've made a lot of progress and other days I just chip away slowly. This week I mainly worked on the river which will hang above the school's original sign (the only thing that didn't burn in the fire). I am creating it in 3 steel sections, each measure about 4 feet wide. Attached to the steel will be 3 undulating panels of fused glass-- every panel fires in the kiln twice, first to fuse the glass together and then to slump over a mold. Each firing takes over 24 hours. All of the steps of the process are really important but they are not very glamorous. I spent a day carving the slumping molds that go in the kiln. And I spent another day cutting and welding the steel corners which will give the glass a little extra support when it is finally epoxied onto the steel. It's progress but it doesn't look like much! Hopefully soon it will start taking shape as I put the elements together and I can share some pictures showing how it will look as it gets closer to installation.