Welcome to FireScale Studios
Celebrating the Good, the Beautiful, and the True.
FireScale Studios is the central hub for all the creative works of Christine Chase: 2-D design, 3-D jewelry creations, written stories, and even connecting to the podcast she produces with her friends. FireScale is a home for things that are Good, Beautiful, and True.
Faith Over Fear
Why This, Why Now
When I was younger, I used to create and sell a lot of artwork. Acrylic, colored pencil, ink, watercolors, soaring dragons and Techno-boys. Along the way, though, I decided to be practical, sensible. When I went to college, I chose music, since I thought I needed more coaching in that, and education, because that had practical applications. But I found I loathed the other adults in the educational field, and that I didn't have the passion for music performance. In the meantime, I wasn't able to keep up with the art, completing a 5 year program in 4 years. Over time, I kept pursuing not what I loved, but what was sensible. Get a government job, buy a house, work on paying off student and medical debts. I had so much I wanted to do, so much I wanted to create, but it never happened. I never had time.
Then, I decided that "someday" would never happen unless I turned it into "today." This studio is my journey to reclaim the self I nearly lost. To bring forth all the beauty and truth I've bottled up. This endeavor is a constant choosing of Faith over Fear. I nearly lost myself. I've got nothing left to lose.
Why the name "Firescale?"
Not just because it sounds cool. Though, also that.
When metals such as copper or iron are heated sufficiently, the surface of the heated metal will react with the molecules of air surrounding it, causing oxidation. The build-up of this oxidation is called "scale" or, sometimes, "firescale." Often, much of the scale will flake off when the heated metal is plunged into water (to anneal). The remaining scale is removed either through mechanical means-- sanding and polishing-- or chemical means, by submerging the cooled metal into a mildly acidic bath which strips the scale from the metal.
When Christine first learned the term, it reminded her of the dragons she used to draw all the time in highschool, because in her mind, of course Fire + scales = Dragons. Duh.
Firescale therefore represents both her 2d drawing history, and her 3d work with copper.
Also, Firescale just sounds really rad.