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Three quarters of the way into January, this year is starting off even faster than last year.  I began the new year with a new tool.  Hello to my new custom flat lap built by John Groth of Waterjet Designs.  Loaded it into my Honda Pilot at John’s shop, then unloaded it into the snowy winter weather and slid it down the hill on top of a cardboard sled.  250 pounds of steel, motor and tire with brushes to help keep water splashing at a minimum and pipe insulation for an armrest.  No mishaps along the way and we managed to get it in the building standing upright with little damage to body or soul.  Bank account damage yes, but that was to be expected.

The discs just arrived from His Glassworks so I’m ready to roll.  Well …. almost.

The building is formerly a potting shed, soon to be my coldworking room.  It is about 10 feet away from my studio annex where my kilns are kept busy year round in a covered patio.  The trench is dug to bring electricity to my ‘coldworking room’ (I’ll have to get used to saying that!) and I can hook up water via a hose and water heater for now.  This summer I’ll have to insulate the building so I can use it year round.

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In other news my work was included in a blog article today along with Raphael SchnepfEllen AbbottMarcy Lamberson, and Alexandra Farnham.  Written by Linda Hedrick who writes about a range of topics at Cerebral Boinkfest, (as she states: A blog about the arts, books, flora and fauna, vittles, and whatever comes to mind), I especially enjoy her articles on historical women.  “The Art of Studio Glass” is a synopsis of studio glass today and I was thrilled to be included.  I added a copy (with Linda’s permission) to my own blog under “Publicity-is-Always-Good“.

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I’ve also been adding links to my glass shop via my blog pages under Glass Hearts Available Here.  And building up inventory in my little glass shop.  Of course what’s in the shop doesn’t begin to show you how much inventory I’ve built up.  So, each week, a bit more gets photographed, listed, and described in a way that will hopefully entice you to purchase.  Sparkle and shimmer seem to be my adjectives of choice as I’ve used them so often lately.  How else can I describe my sparkly, shimmery earrings and bracelets?

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And lastly, I’m keeping busy with a couple of small corporate gift type jobs.  Interesting projects, I’ll post more about them as they evolve.  One is exploratory, for which I’m competing with other glass artists and will submit my ideas to the corporation soon.

Another is an exciting opportunity that I’ve been working on for over a year and instigated by an old friend from childhood.  He’s not ready to go public yet, so I can’t tell you any more about it … for now.

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2011.  I hope it’s successful, profitable, adventurous and most of all fun for everyone.

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