Shattered Lives, Shattered Glass…
May 2, 2009
I was asked to donate to an upcoming art auction benefitting Helping Hands Against Violence. I’m all for stopping violence of any sort, especially against helpless children. Domestic violence is more rampant than you might think and according to reports is on the rise. I’m amazed at how many women I know who have experienced a violent act. My friend, Pam took an informal survey to discover 80% of her friends had been raped or molested at some point in their lives.
This piece was selected as a symbol of how broken or discarded lives, just like glass can be put back together again. It’s from my ‘puzzle’ series in which I jigsaw – fit discarded bits and pieces of iridescent clear glass together into a shape, then fuse it all back together. For this bowl, I had a handful of clear frit also leftover, so tack fused it to the bottom of the bowl representing ‘diamonds in the rough’. Similar to those who’ve been through the trenches of violence….diamonds emerging and ready to sparkle. It then went back into the kiln for a third time to shape it through a drop ring into the bowl form.
If you’re in Hood River next Friday night, the benefit auction is May 8th from 5:30 until 8:30 at Ground Espresso Bar & Cafe at 12 Oak St. Only $8.00 to get in includes a drink and hors d’oeuvres plus the opportunity to bid on an array of artwork by local artists. Please bid on my piece! Bid on your favorite piece! Bid high and bid often. You’ll receive a beautiful piece and your financial help will benefit a worthy cause.