Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Not a small package

If good things come in small packages then what's in there. Could it be a sandblasting cabinet?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Story of Ruth

I made these and other similar pieces thinking of the biblical story of Ruth. Just as she went  out to the fields to glean barley after the harvest in the fields of Boaz, I used the valuable glass remaining from other project to make these peices. The way I obtained the glass, how it was used and the color pallett all made me think of Ruth out in the field of grasses. It is a story I had heard and read many times throughout my childhood. I had not thought of it in years and yet it came back to me in vivid detail as I worked on preparing this series of  peices.

These peices were delivered to Artisans of Rocky Hill in November.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Work in Progress

Green is not a color I normally gravitate towards. Yet for some reason I decided I wanted to make a bowl from various shades of green. I had originally planned to place the top layer on a clear base but it just didn't pop. Nothing I had worked quite as well as the white paper I was using to create my personal pattern. So today I stopped at Wired Designs Studio to pick up a sheet of lacy white to serve as a back drop. Problem solved the piece was set for a firing just a couple hours later. This will be the second firing for some of these pieces which were made in advance.  If all goes as planned tomorrow I should open the kiln to a 19" round tile ready to be cold worked.

Friday, November 23, 2012

5x7 Folded Card

Clique Chic Black Thank You Card
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I just took advange of a great black friday deal and ordered these cards from Shutterfly.com. I think they will be great cards for follow up thank you notes. Don't you?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

SACG Fall Exhibit

San Antonio Calligraphy Guild Fall Exhibit
November 4, 2012 
4:30-6:30 pm
3920 Harry Wurzbach

Window Flower
6x8" Kilnformed and Etched Glass, Silver and Mirror


Lovers, forget your love,
And listen to the love of these,
She a window flower,
And he a winter breeze. 

When the frosty window veil
Was melted down at noon,
And the caged yellow bird
Hung over her in tune,

He marked her through the pane,
He could not help but mark,
And only passed her by
To come again at dark.

He was a winter wind,
Concerned with ice and snow,
Dead weeds and unmated birds,
And little of love could know. 

But he sighed upon the sill,
He gave the sash a shake,
As witness all within
Who lay that night awake.

Per chance he half prevailed
To win her for the flight
From the firelit looking-glass
And warm stove-window light. 

But the flower leaned aside
And thought of naught to say,
And morning found the breeze
A hundred miles away. 

 Author: Robert Frost

Friday, November 2, 2012

BIG Weekend Ahead

This weekend is packed full of activities starting with Up Town Art Stroll in the quaint historic neighborhood of Olmos Terrace. The event is Saturday, November 3rd from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, November 4th from 12pm to 5pm. I'll be at location #17. Check online for a studio map with detailed information.

Sunday, November 4th is the opening of the San Antonio Calligraphy Guild's Fall Exhibit. Join us from 4:30-6:30pm at Crumpets Restaurant at 3920 Harry Wurzbach for an opening reception. The show will continue to hang through January 6, 2013.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Blog Action Day - The Power of We

What happens when a group of like minded individuals come together? Together a group has the potential to accomplish much more then the individuals themselves. I feel honored to below to two such groups of artists here in San Antonio, Texas.

The San Antonio Glass Art Guild (SAGAG) is a not for profit alliance of glass artists organized to increase education and awareness of the glass arts by providing workshops, publications, lectures, shows and demonstrations available to members and the general public alike. The guild aims to promote community awareness, understanding and appreciation of the glass arts and to maintain a support network for artists, which provides educational, mentoring and marketing opportunities.

ART281 is an event sponsored by the SAGAG and held just this past Saturday, October 13th is. It is a great example of what the guild strives to accomplish. The event increased education and awareness as visitors had the opportunity to see glass blowing demonstration, as well as meet and interact with a variety of glass artists. ART281 created marketing opportunities for the guilds members to sell their work and network with other artists and patrons. This event was accomplished strictly through the volunteer efforts of  SAGAG members.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this event successful.

The San Antonio Calligraphy Guild (SACG) provides calligraphers with educational information to stimulate interest and appreciation for the art of calligraphy. The guild does an absolutely amazing job of making educational opportunities  accessible through:
- Low cost mini workshops one evening a month
- Major workshops that bring visiting artists from across the world
- Education programs at each on of its general meetings
- And an extensive lending library of calligraphy material

I am personally looking forward to taking a year long workshop planned by the SACG with Reggie Ezell  in 2013. This opportunity would not be possible if it were not for the greater effort of the group. I have learned so much from this organization and continue to look forward to both what I have to learn and what I may offer in return.

Art & Education Through the Power of We

Friday, October 12, 2012


 Deep In The Heart of Texas...
Join us for a one-day gathering of talented regional artists, live demonstrations, shopping and great food.
 For more information visit http://www.art281.com/.

Saturday, October 13, 2012
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

29094 US HWY 281 N
Bulverde, TX 78163

Sponsored by the San Antonio Glass Art Guild

Monday, September 24, 2012


With fall just around the corner, I posted  a variety of scarves in my Etsy store this weekend. Wishful thinking for cooler weather. It can't come soon enough for me.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Glass Weave

Kilnformed Soda Lime Glass Bowl 19.5"

As a follow up to the quilted bowl I took to Artisans of Rocky Hill in June, in September I brought this transparent bowl in red, orange, yellow and amber. The warm quilted feel is accentuated by the glass weave which stretches down one side of the bowl. In addition, I brought a slew of matching ring dishes and small sushi plates which lined the entry table to artisans when I left. It was a beautify glow of color in the afternoon sunlight.

on display at Artisans of Rocky Hill

Monday, September 10, 2012

My Time Flys

So much happened this summer that I didn't feel I had time to breath let alone post. I spent all my energy trying to keep up day to day but I never meant to let it go this far. Now I'm going to try to catch you up with the hope to pick back up where I left off. So here is my summer in summary:

 The first weekend in June I took a workshop from the Book Art Babes and learned a binding originally developed by Gary Frost. This was a clean, simple book made fun with the colorful hand painted pages. 

There where bits of torch time here and there to practice making simple beads and twisted cane for a quilted kiln formed bowl I was working on.

On Sunday, June 10th David and I were very pleasantly surprised with a fabulous review of the restaurant in the San Antonio Express News. This changed everything we did for the next few weeks as our volumes went through the roof and we did everything to just keep up.

June 16th I made my monthly drive to Fredricksburg, Texas to spend time at Artisans of Rocky Hill and take new work. This month it was the 20" bowl above and a series of smaller accompanying pieces. The bowl is bright, bold,  trimmed with the twisted can I had made earlier that month.

I taught workshops at Wired Designs Studio including plate making and powder techniques. The above picture is of student pieces getting read for their second firing to be slumped into plates.

With all the excitement at home, I was pleased when it was time for a long awaited family vacation to Chicago to rest, relax and recharge. We saw a couple of ball games, walked the city streets and enjoyed wonderful dinners. The trip was not without it's own excitement including canceled flights, heat waves and directional mishaps... but that's just part of the adventure. 

 Back from Chicago there wasn't much time left before the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) annual Gathering. I was helping a friend who made these fabulous sculptural faces from borosilicate glass to trade at the Gathering. I coldworked the surfaces to remove the typical shiny surface leaving a more mat finish to invoke a stone like image.

Arriving in Seattle for the ISGB Gathering was a pleasant change of scene; cooler climate, green trees, water and mountain vistas. So much happened on this trip I don't know where to begin. There were late nights with good friends, scenic drives, a visit to Bullseye glass,  farmers markets, henna, hikes, gallery tours, workshops,  conference lectures, the Bead Bazaar, local art fairs, and so much  more. I learned a few things and picked up some inspiration.  Sam from Dream Fire Glass did such a great job posting our journey you'd best take a peek at her posts.

Things didn't slow down in August. I have worked with the San Antonio Glass Art Guild (SAGAG) to plan our programs and events like ART281. I taught and took a few workshops at Wired Designs Studio. I'm working on new projects and getting ready for fall shows. Going forward try to do a better job of posting on a more regular basis.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

First Day of Summer

Today is the Summer Solstice. It is officially Summer, although most of here in South Texas would swear Summer started months ago. To usher in the summer months here is a fabulous Etsy treasury on Summer Colors including yours truly.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

When: May 24, 2012 6:30 PM -08:30 PM

6:30pm Dinner
7:00pm General Meeting to included:
Election of officers - This will be my last official meeting as President of SAGAG. I have enjoyed serving in this role for the last three years and look forward to seeing the direction new leadership will move our organization. Tonight's meeting will be the members’ opportunity to elect a new board of officers. This is always an important part of our duties as members. I encourage all SAGAG members to participate.
Volunteer Award Nominations and Voting - In 2011 SAGAG created a Volunteer aware to acknowledge, encourage and retain those members who contribute their time and energies to the guild. Nominations are accepted from our general members and must be turned in prior to tonight’s meeting at 7:00pm. All nominees will be acknowledged and the guild will vote for one to be awarded a paid membership for the upcoming year.
Membership Renewal - To encourage timely renewal members are encouraged to pay membership dues by check or cash during this evening meeting. Those who renew tonight will be entered into a drawing for a free membership. One lucky winner will be returned their membership fee.
Program Announcements - This will be your chance to be the first to hear what the SAGAG meets will be for the first have of the 2012-13 fiscal year. Exciting stuff coming...
Show and Tell - To add to all the festivities we are creating the opportunities for members to bring a piece of work and show us what you've been up to this past year. This is a great way to share with friends, get ideas and ask for feedback from your peers.

Hope to see you there.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Weekend of Workshops

This weekend was all at Wired Designs Studio. When I'm at Wired Designs these days, I am generally teaching a workshop. This weekend I was over joyed to have the opportunity to both teach and take a class.
Saturday was a delightful day in Fusing I. I love to witness the excitement people have when working with glass for the first time. The ohhhs and ahhhs when they see their first piece come out of the kiln. That happened Saturday afternoon  when this group of ladies saw their dichroic glass pendents came out of the kiln. A little cutting and grinding to get them into just the right shape (like Sue's heart on the bottom left of the kiln below) and back in the kiln they went for a fire polish with the tack fused art glass projects from that afternoon.
Student work from Fusing I on Saturday, May 19
Now that they understand a little about the impact of time and temperature on glass, the next step for  Saturday's group  might me taking something like Platemaking on June 23 and 24. In Platemaking they would learn about volume control,  begin to take their cold working skills to the next level and learn what goes into slumping kilnformed glass into a mold to take the shape of a plate platter or bowl.
The result of one of my demos in the last Platemaking workshop
On Sunday I got to sit back, relax and learn all about etching metal in one of Gail Stouffer's fabulous metal jewelry workshops. I had a great time hanging out with friends and learning new techniques. Check out the bracelet I made in class (below) using metal we etched earlier that day. The pattern came from sections of a stamp I picked up earlier that day on a "field trip" down the block to Stamp Antonio. I'm grateful for the opportunity to try something different. This is one technique I'll be using again for sure.

Bracelet made of etched brass.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Gone to Seed

Gone to Seed - 21' kilnformed and flameworked soda lime glass bowl

Driving the 68miles through the Texas Hill Country each month on my way to Artisans of Rocky Hill has given me a much deeper appreciation of the changes that come with each season deep in the heart of Texas. How quickly we went from bright colorful carpets of spring wildflowers to more rich golden hues. As the temperatures rise the blues and purples of  Bluebonnets and Verbena give way to reds, yellow and oranges bringing Mexican Hat, Black-eyed Susan and Firewheel. As the flowers go to seed the grasses rise crisp and golden in the sun. My drives to Fredricksburg are little escapes. I return home with the pictures of the every changing Hill Country landscape in my mind. I can't help it if every now and again a little seeps back out into my work.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Yellow Orange Red... Color Splash

Thank you Lisa for including me in this fabulous treasury.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Calligraphy Guild Spring Show Closes

Friday night was the closing night of the San Antonio Calligraphy Guild Spring Exhibit. Would you believe the kiln-formed glass piece above hung in that show? What you are missing in this photograph are the two sheets of clear glass upon which I carved the 37th chapter of Genesis. The focal piece above was mounted and framed floating above those two sheet of glass. It was the story of Joseph that was the backdrop for this contemporary swatch of fabric from his coat of many colors. Ripped clear through with the lines of the formal cannon this work was strongly influenced by my exposure to calligraphy and bookbinding. 

This years Spring Exhibit was a diverse display of calligraphic marks on not only paper and vellum, but glass, clay, stone, and fabric. I found it exciting to see the work being done by calligraphy guild members in so many mediums. What a fabulous show!

Thank you Gabriele for all your support. It always means something special to me when I know piece has found a good and loving home.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Luminaria 2012 - Glass Alley Recap

It's been well over a week since Luminaria and I still feel like I'm basking in the glow of lights. San Antonio has a long rich tradition of being a parade and festival friendly city. Match that up with the local art scene and it just doesn't get much better. Once again Glass Alley was complete with flame workers,  Larry West demonstrating in his mobile glass blowing furnace, the Brother of the Flame, the San Antonio Society of Artisan Lampworkers (SALSA), and  members of the San Antonio Glass Art Guild (SAGAG). We occupied space between the Institute of Texas Cultures and the Tower of the Americas. With a view of the Tower and the fire dancers, members of the local glass guilds demonstrated flame working techniques and educated the public on the local art glass movement.
Members of SALSA demonstrating on the torch.
Thank you Louise and Denise, devoted SAGAG members, for all of your time and effort without which Glass Alley 2012 would not have been possible.

Saturday, May 5, 2012


San Antonio's Annual Celebration of Art and Artist
Downtown San Antonio, Texas
May 5, 2012

The San Antonio Glass Art Guild (SAGAG) has participated in Luminaria every years since the events inception.  Look for Glass Alley this year in the yellow zone, #11 on the Luminaria map. For more information about Luminaria visit http://luminariasa.org/.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Etsy Treasures

Three fun Etsy Treasuries from the month of April all featuring pieces from the same blue and white set. I have never created a Treasury myself but I do enjoy perusing those invented by others. They're such fun and creative collections.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Spring Exhibit

The San Antonio Calligraphy Guild (SACG) is having their annual Spring Exhbit. This years event will be part of Tobin Hill's Second Friday Art Walk. As always I can't wait to see this years show. The SACG has so many talented members. As part of the Tobin Hill Art Walk visitors will have the oppurtunity to jump on a trolly and visit any of the seven participating galleries. The SACG exhibit will be held at The Villa. I submitted a glass peice for this juried show. A brightly colored peice of kilnformed glass mounted on several layers of clear glass with Genisis chapter 37 inscribed with the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. I'll be interested to see if my submission made this years show. Ohh the suspense...

The Villa Gallery
2403 N. St. Mary’s Street 
Opening night - Friday, April 13, 2012, 6-10 pm
Closing night - Friday, May 11, 2012, 6-10 pm

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Brushes 101

Thursday night's San Antonio Calligraphy Guild meeting was all about brushes, a matter I was completely ignorant on. But not anymore...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Glass Craft Expo - Day ???

I think it's day five but frankly I lost track.  Workshops have been wrapped up. Time for one last round on the exhibt floor and then I'm out of here.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Glass Craft Expo -Day Three

Sixteen students in Beyond Dichro - The Power of Modern Jewelry. What a blast. By the end of the day I was spent.
It's now day four and I'm taking a few minutes to post while Gail lectures on electroforming on Glass.  I always love when science finds its' way into our creative processes.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Glass Craft Expo - Day Two

Multi faceted TA that I am, today I was on the other side of the exhibit hall helping Sam with a full class for Twist and Shout. I was thrilled to find both bead makers and fusers expanding there skill set with this workshop.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Glass Craft Expo - Day One

Taking workshops on the road. Day one of Glass Craft Expo, I backed up Gail with Glass Collage. Class with Gail is always a blast. One day of TA'ing (teaching assistant) down. Three to go.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

This Weekend at Wired

This weekend is plate making at Wired Designs Workshop. I will be working with students as they learn to create functional plates, platters, bowls and other glassware. We’ll design our own flat glass pieces on Saturday. On Sunday students will learn to cold work and slump their glass into original serving pieces. Topics covered include: mold preparation, firing schedules, cold work, and annealing. Here is one of the demos from my last plate making workshop. Wonder what I'll do this time. Guess I should start thinking about that.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patricks Day

Today was Bead I at Dream Fire Glass Studio. In the spirit of St. Patrick's day all my beads were green. I used opaque and transparent spring green, jade, mineral green, adventurine, and Sam's new rolling in clover frit blend. It just seemed fitting, not to mention fun. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Not Exactly Deja Vu

 I took this shoot a few weeks back while visiting the Japaneses Tea Garden.  I was staring though my view finder when I had a sudden feeling of familiarity. Only it was exactly deja vu. It was more like deja "you". It wasn't like I had been here before or done this before. It was a thought of someone. I as still very much in  a new experience while at the same time, for brief moment, I heard a distinctly recognizable voice.  I smiled, cause I had heard it all before. I'm sure there is a more appropriate physiological term for this type of memory. But deja "you" works too don't you think?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Carnahan Elementary School Art Walk

The Carnahan Elementary School Art Walk was last week. This was my 4th year participating. I was thrilled to see the continued growth of the event and the children's excitement at being exposed to so many artists in a variety of media. I bumped into several good friends from both the San Antonio Glass Art Guild (SAGAG) and the San Antonio Calligraphy Guild (SACG). Always so but particularly in this day and age of decreasing school budgets, it is important that we do what we can in our local communities to promote the arts and art education.

I had the right size flame for an elementary school event. Using my little butane torch I bent 2mm strands of glass into spirals just as outlined in the tutorial in the SAGAG cookbook. This is a great demo to discuss the role of science as  we work with heat control and gravity to achieve our desired results.

 Right next to me children were taking turns trying their hands on a potters wheel. I thought Juliet did great for her first time. Craftmanship must just run in the family. Great job kiddo!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Luminaria Postponed

It has just been announced that Saturday's Luminaria festivities are being postponed. In light of our current weather, I am somewhat releaved. Keep you eyes on the Luminaria website for updated information. and I'll keep you posted on Glass Alley's roll in any rescheduled event.
On the bright side, great weather to cozy up to a dual fuel torch and make some more glass components. Tonight is afterall fiery Friday at Dream Fire studio.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Twisted Cane

With all my time at the torch,  I have acquired quite the assortment of twisted canes. It was time to put some of these components to work. So, I decided to create some colorful kilnformed pieces featuring these flame worked elements. Here they are going in for their first firing.

I always loved how cooking shows on television could put in an an uncooked chicken and at the same time pull out the finished product. Inspired by the "magic of television" here are those same pieces just out of the kiln after their second firing.

Not long after that they were packed up and sent to Artisans of Rocky Hill in Fredricksburg, Texas