Tuesday, June 28, 2011

We Are Like Glass

Glass is a reminder of the strength and fragility
that exists in everyone of us.
Like glass, we are beautiful and luminous.
Like glass, we are fragile and shatter without care.
Like glass, we are also strong and powerful.
Like glass, we are reflections of our past.
Like the sands of glass, we can come together,
help each other, and accomplish amazing things.
Take care of the beauty and strength within yourself
and within everyone around you.
- Widely Credited to the National
Liberty Museum in Philadelphia
The San Antonio Glass Art Guild is an opportunity for local glass artist and enthusiast to come together, help each other and accomplish amazing things. The Guild meets once a month, 10 months out of each year. Out next meeting will be:
When: June 30, 2011 at 6:30 PM
Where: Absolutely Everything Catering at 3915 San Pedro Avenue
Presentation: Guild member Louise Craig will present pictures and information from her experiences at this years Glass Art Society (GAS) Convention.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, 
others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
Pablo Picasso
Kiln Formed and Lathe Carved Soda Lime Glass
Now I do not know the context of this quote, but with as many mediums as Picasso worked in I'm surprised he would limit this statement to just painters.  I smiled when I read this recently  wondering briefly if I had achieved the first or later half of his statement. I honestly had no intention in bringing the sun out from behind the clouds but as I stood in front of the lathe it just seemed to happen. I enjoyed every moment of it and  I guess that's the real sunshine.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Blue Bend

 Blue Bend - Flameworked and Kilnformed Glass
Saturday was my monthly visit to Artisans in Fredricksburg, Texas. I always enjoy this drive and the  opportunity to observe the flora and fauna of the Hill Country as the seasons change. A good portion of my drive  hugs the Blanco River as I wind through the Hill Country. Typically I catch glimpses of waterfalls and fisherman. Not today. Today what little I saw of water where the puddles left in a dry riverbed. The only sign of blue on this drive was in the box next to me as I delivered these pieces to Anne at Artisans with a silent prayer for rain.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Lunch Time Read

On a recent visit to Half Price Books and Records on Broadway I picked up a slew of really fabulous art, glass and calligraphy related reads. It was like stumbling on my own personal treasure. Since then they have been stacked in a pile in the living room unread. This morning I grabbed Contemporary Glass a black dog publishing book from the top of that stack, as I made a mad dash for the door. Seems I'm always running in the morning. Later that afternoon I found a spot with a little sunshine to enjoyed  a lunch time read. Contemporary Glass provided a light historical foundation focusing on the studio glass movement followed by the profiles of over 60 contemporary international glass artists. Sprinkled in a couple of spots where a handful of rather interesting essays. It was just perfect for a one hour break. I left lunch hungry to get into my own studio and get to work.