July 21, 2009
The Trout Lake Art Festival, held the 3rd weekend every July, is located at The Farm, a B & B at the base of Mt. Adams. A gorgeous setting if rustic, surrounded by flowers, sunshine, and tents filled with artists and their ware. I’d rather have one original unique handcrafted piece than 20 objects that everyone else in my neighborhood has. This is the place to find that one and much much more!
My booth is set in the barn as I no longer do outdoor shows. I know I miss a lot of good shows but I’ve paid my dues sitting outdoors in the heat, the wind, the rain & cold. Not many know I’ve sold my handcrafted work in one form or another since I was 16 years old. Marian, my best friend’s mom took us to a summer art camp for kids where we learned how to macrame’ and tie dye among other things. My friend & I put those techniques together and made tie dyed macrame belts. Marian then took us to the Rose Bowl Swap Meet in Pasadena to sell them after we’d made hundreds for everyone we knew & still couldn’t stop making them! I know that’s what sparked my desire to create and sell beautiful objects. I’ll let you guess my age & do the math, as I type on….
I’ve known some of the other artists at this festival for a very long time, selling together at various venues throughout the gorge. Others I only know at this particular festival and relish catching up with them during our annual reunion. Some of us trade artwork, or information about good shows to do & marketing information. We help one another during the course of the weekend in any way possible and have formed strong bonds.
Our hosts, Rosie & Dean are incredibly wonderful to all the artists, providing a unique place to show our work, liquid refreshment, welcoming hugs and so much more . This year Dean gave us all a cd made by his friend, D.C. Anderson. The Trout Lake Arts Council sponsors the show & makes sure everyone is comfortable, providing snacks, troubleshooting, availing credit card purchases for those who need it; and at times even help us load in & out!
My friends Karen & Harry of Touch the Sky recently went to Paris & brought me back the eiffel tower! How thrilling to receive a gift while working a show!! Thanks Karen & Harry!
Because I live in this area, it’s always like ‘old home week’ for me, seeing many old friends that I’ve not seen in awhile! They come through looking at & buying art, give me a break from my booth from time to time & we try to catch up, making plans for the upcoming next few weeks.
Early morning photos before the festival opened of just a few of the artists that were at the Trout Lake Art Festival this year:
I’ll be in my garden for a little R & R now… Refreshing my imagination and Reloading the creative spirit! Enjoy the work of my friends & fellow artists…
July 15, 2009
Connections. We all have them. First to our mothers, then our families and friends. As we grow into adulthood and begin our lives … raise our families then watch them begin to raise theirs we make so many connections that it would be difficult to remember or keep up with them all.
My Celestial series is about connections…how we’re all connected ~ in spirit, in love, in light. We’re all different, yet so much the same.
Connections. I seem to be making a lot of them lately. Connecting with people I’ve met ‘virtually’ through forums and blogs. Or reconnecting with old friends that I went to high school with through Facebook! And those that I’ll see this summer, former co-workers from over 20 years ago who were such a tight knit group that we were a family.
Connections to my students…I love teaching others how to work with glass. I delight in that light bulb moment when I know my student really gets it ~ understands exactly what I’m talking about. I would love to keep up with every one of them to see their progression in glass.
With the onset of summer I’m spending more time in my garden than in the studio or online. I keep thinking about connections in a meditative way as I pull weeds or move rocks or snip the spent flowers. Looking back, I see that each of those connections made a positive difference in my life, even those that I might not have liked much at the time.
Returning to my work and how it fits this post, an old friend, one of those former co-workers recently had me send her some glass hearts. A photographer, she has a vision for using them. Oh my gosh, you must see her work, it’s incredible … And the way she’s using those hearts! Go take a peek at her blog right now: Everyday Heartbeats.
Hearts are a great gift, whether a physical object or your heart reaching out to another’s. I give my glass hearts to those who need a hug, to those who have inspired me to be more joyful, to those I love. I love it when kids want to buy one at art shows so I always give them a discount to equal the amount they can spend. I must confess I love that kids are drawn to my work as they are still seeing the world with fresh clear vision and vivid color. I WANT them to have my work if they are attracted to it!
Two of my granddaughters will be arriving today for a week’s visit, so each morning I’ll have them join me on my morning ritual of strolling through the garden. We’ll be searching for flower fairies, who I have a sneaking suspicion will have left little gifts, including my glass hearts. I wonder how the flower fairies managed to get the hearts out of my studio … oh! Of course… they’re magical!
So this heart’s for you. However you arrived at my blog I’m glad you’re here sharing this moment with me. Enjoy the summer and the people in your life.
July 5, 2009
…..In the Pacific Northwest with iridescent ‘Puzzle Pavers’ to my newest garden seating area. It used to be a wildly overrun herb garden filled with weeds and is now the perfect place to start paving.
I’ve been casting glass pavers for my garden paths, using up buckets full of scrap glass. Thanks to the moving sale at Studio Ramp, I picked up a few paver molds from Mel George. (If you’re unfamiliar with Mel, here is a video of her & partner Jeremy Lepisto at the Museum of Glass. I’ve taken several casting & pate de verre classes where she was the instructor or assistant.) Each paver is 10 pounds & about 8″ square ~ so far I’ve only used clear iridescent glass. So far I only have five pavers!
I build them like a jigsaw puzzle, placing each scrap of glass into an empty spot where it fits. It’s the same way I make my puzzle vases and bowls but in this case it’s 10 to 15 layers thick, depending on the size of each puzzle piece. The layers are built up until I’ve used 10 pounds for each paver, while balancing the shapes so the end result is uniform. I love how these pavers look holographic, radiating light along the paths! Wear your sunglasses if you stop by & use caution ~ slippery when wet!
You can read more about my garden in the Columbia River Gorge at An Artist’s Garden. I try to spend my summers there because the rest of the year I work in the studio without many days off. This is my time to rejuvenate while redecorating, redesigning or otherwise just playing outdoors in one of my favorite places. I might play in the studio if it’s too hot or cold or windy outside, but usually work only on specific projects for my garden. Unless, of course, I get a rush or special order! Especially if it’s something YOU might want!
******** A follow up note to my previous post, Do You Have Rainbows in Your Halos?
I wanted to compare these 1″ thick pavers under polarizing film to compare halos. For the paver on the right I used Bullseye’s new anneal soak temperature of 900º; and the paver on the left was soaked at the ‘old’ temperature, 960º. Whoa! Really? Now we’re talking ‘Rainbows’! I have that much stress in the left paver? Of course the corners on a square is where the greatest stress will show, but see how the stress goes beyond the corners?! Good thing I wasn’t planning on selling them!
To be fair, I’ll have to do one more comparison ~ a kiln comparison. The right paver was fired in my Skutt bathtub (at 900º) & the left paver was fired in my oldest Paragon (at 960º). I think I’ll check the accuracy of my thermocouples and it’s been awhile since I checked for cold spots in my old Paragon! I’d also better remeasure and be sure my pavers are 1″ thick and not greater. In the meantime, I’ll keep the stressed pavers separate and watch how much foot traffic they can take.
For now, I’m heading back to the studio to build more puzzle pavers for the rest of my garden…. I have about 5 more buckets of clear scrap and an acre of garden space. I might start throwing in some color to see what I get. Hey, I also have a couple buckets of broken finished work that I was thinking about using in mesh melts, but maybe they’ll look interesting in a flattened or pressed glass sort of way! Not to mention adding some fiber paper designs on the bottoms for bas relief effects! And veils of leftover powders that I can’t bear to throw away!! My head’s exploding with ideas, I’ll be in the studio today!!!