Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Bringing a baby home is such a happy time. Kaitlyn's mom has worked hard to prepare their home and make it a special place for their new baby girl. Having found just the right bedding (left), I was asked to make a plate (right) to would sit on top of a dresser, far from babies little hands. Art glass in a babies room? The idea was to bring in a unique piece Kaitlyn could hold onto later in life that would hold memories of the nursery she once had. The piece I created was not intended to mimic the traditional patters of the nursery set but rather be inspired by them. So I pulled colors like the petal pink and vanilla from the gingham, and design elements like the vine to make a contemporary piece. When in the room with the other patterns, colors and fabrics the piece fits. At the same time, it stands alone and I can easily envision it being something Kaitlyn might take with her as a young adult when she moves into her first apartment.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
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Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
That was several months ago. Although I agreed to the exercise I had not been able to bring myself to actually do it. Just thinking about this supposedly simple and cathartic assignment would stress me out. Frankly, I wasn't sure I could even do it. You see I’m a planner… okay a bit of a control freak I can admit it. So, for the last two months I procrastinated. Once again it was Melanie with an Inspire Me Thursday Creative Prompt that put the boot to my backside and kicked me outside of my safe little box.
Control is any illusion - 10 x 10" fused glass tile
Monday, October 15, 2007
The easiest way to recycle glass is to make sure it gets into the right trash bin. San Antonio has one of the largest curbside recycling pickups in Texas, with pickup once a week. Here are a few links to information about local recycling efforts:
Texas Recycle Day - November 15th
San Antonio Texas Neighborhood Recycle
Bexar County Recycling efforts
Abitibi Paper Retriever location
-But really why stop there. One of the wonderful things about glass is that it melts and through this process can be reshaped into an entirely new thing, a new life. Here are a few wine bottles I’m using to create artistic or functional glass pieces. In the interest of full disclosure, this is my first attempt at using recycled glass. So to not have any issues related coefficient of expansion (COE), I have chosen to use material from one bottle for each piece and not to mix any of the glass. I am also taking scrupulous notes so I can later reflect and learn from this experience.
After cleaning the bottles, I broke them and am using the material to create individual six inch round blanks from which to later work.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
That was the other odd thing about this process. The molds I made for this workshop were of myself. So, the face(s) I created in glass are of me... only I don't think they really look like me. It's like hearing your voice on tape. It never really sounds the way you hear yourself.
Thanks Kerry and Wired Designs for this wonderful opportunity!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
I already have some pretty specific plans for the sheet in the middle. I also stocked up on some old standards like; clear irid rainbow 1101-31, black irid rainbow 0100-31, tan 1419, light bronze 1409, green tea tint 1826, spruce green tint 1841, dark forest green 0141 and powder blue 0108. Not to mention fine frits in; crystal clear 1401, light silver gray 1429, light violet 1428, carnelian 1321, marzipan 0138 and aquamarine blue 1108. It was like being a kid in a candy store.
Monday, October 1, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Read it once cover to cover then keep it handy because it’s a great resource to refer back to. You may also want to check out the inforamtion available at warmglass.com.
Fused Glass Art and Technique by Richard La Londe
This is a lovely book full of information on everything from history to technique. It is absolutely amazing the amount of information Richard La Londe shares in this book and it’s all done beautifully.
Not a fusing book at all but great information regarding etching, sandblasting and beveling. Check out pages 44 and 45 to see one of my favorite artists Denise Brown an absolutely fabulous calligrapher who has taken to working on glass.
Color a Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay
Is an ideal book for painters who want to better understand color and its’ deep history but a fascinating read for any artist.
The Complete Color Harmony
This is a great tool to assist with color selection for any project from painting the house to a specific piece of art.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
When working with others I have often noticed the colors they pull for their work are similar to the colors they are wearing. Do we put on that red dress when we feel bold or do we feel bold because we are wearing a red dress? I suspect the impact flows in both directions.
Friday, September 7, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
From the moment I opened the kiln, I was transported back to September of 1999, when I spent a day admiring the majestic wonders of Glacier Bay National Park. What struck me most was the water, ice floating above and beneath the surface, pockets of colors in deep shades of blues and greens, and the slow movement of the currents. Now I am not trying to tell you I made this piece to represent those images, rather that is what I saw based on my personal experiences. Although the piece remains the same, we may all see something different. No two people see an object quite the same way. I see Glacier Bay. What do you see?
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
While in Washington, I also enjoyed the privileges of; sleeping, reading to my niece, walking the docks in Olympia, stopping briefly at the Mount St. Helens visitor center and driving over countless metal bridges.
One of the spots my neice and I stopped while enjoying our walk.
Sand Man is a wonderful 1910 vintage tugboat docked at Percival Landing in downtown Olymipa, Washington.