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August 27, 2009

Glass Clay, Pate de Verre

Glass Clay, Pate de Verre

You might wonder what I’ve been so busy with that kept me from posting for the last couple of weeks.  Welllll, I’ve been compiling my fall class schedule and you can see all the new additions on my Upcoming Classes page!

A surprise venue thanks to a VERY interested potential student, Joyce, will be held at the studio of GlassHopper Patterns in Portland, OR.  I usually only see Georgia at the Glass Craft & Bead Expo in Las Vegas, even though she’s just downriver from me.  Georgia is a joy to be with so I know this class will hold unlimited fun for all and look forward to teaching there!  If you’re interested in having fun with ‘Glass Clay’, join us!

I’ve also been gathering work for an upcoming show in September at the The Golden Art Gallery in Goldendale Washington!  It’s a show of Oregon Glass Guild members, and the gallery is a delightful spot to showcase glass, with great lighting and visual space.  I’ll edit this post when I know more details for  an opening reception date and time.  The show runs through the month of September.

Working with local metal sculptor Tom Herrera, I’ve been producing glass inserts for a few of his sculptures.  I will post photos here as soon as he retrieves them from his camera.  He likes what I’ve come up with to fit his criteria and I like his sculptures, so this could be the beginning of many more.

I’ve written a magazine article for Glass Craftsman which will be in their next issue if all goes well.  It’s about the way I make color charts for referencing various thicknesses of powdered glass.  The editor, Judith Conway of Vitrum Studio is fabulous to work with and makes my words flow!

Last but certainly not least, I’ve been filling orders here and there, always grateful for that steady ‘bread & butter’ that keeps an artist’s head above water!  A hearty thank you to those who buy original artwork for gifts, home & garden decor, and personal adornment.  Also thanks to the artists who buy tools and supplies from me.  I appreciate you choosing me as your source for mica, liquid gold, tools and glass!

Next I’ll be working on adding jewelry to my on-line shop!

Preparations

April 20, 2009

Frit Cast Hearts & Tree

Frit Cast Hearts & Tree

Today I have a ton of ‘finish’ work to do in preparation for the ‘Glass Gallery’ show which is coming up too fast!  I can hardly wait for the kilns to be cool enough to check out yesterday’s work!  I wasn’t planning to post any new photos until after the upcoming show, but Kathleen’s comment on my previous post gave me an idea to tease you until then.  The left photo, taken yesterday shows my cast hearts & tree upon opening the kiln door.  


 

Fresh out of the kiln

Fresh out of the kiln

 

 

 

Photo on the right shows the glass removed from the molds & ready to cold work (grinding then polishing the edges smooth).  These are my own molds made with reusable casting material.  In the background, you can also see a commercial butterfly mold filled & ready to go in today’s firing.  At the Glass Craft & Bead Expo I purchased a number of Colour de Verre molds to try out & those are what I’m waiting for, cooling in the kilns this morning  ( http://www.colourdeverre.com/index.php ).

At the show, for the first time, we’ve invited some of the suppliers we use to join us.  If you are unable to attend the Portland show, you can visit them at their websites!  Here are some links (you may have to paste the link into your browser):

Bullseye Resource Center:   http://www.bullseyeglass.com/

Glasshopper Patterns:  http://www.glasshopperpatterns.com/

Elements Glass:  http://www.elementsglass.com/

Roses Glassworks:  http://rosesglassworks.com/

The participating artists are all members of the Oregon Glass Guild.  You can see a sneak preview of the show by clicking on the ‘Member Gallery’ at http://oregonglassguild.org/ 

Of course, not all members will be showing, but you’ll get a taste!  And here are just a few of the participating members:

Heather Fields:  fieldsandfieldsblownglass.com

Alex Farnham:  www.farnham-art.com

Serena Smith:  sjasdesigns.com

Donna LaPlanate:  www.confusionartstudio.com

Jane Godfrey / Sondra Radcliffe:  www.artglassambiente.com

Bob & Rox Heath:  CandlelightGlass.com

Jenny Newtson:  www.firebrandbeads.com

Hope to see some of you there – don’t forget: visit my booth # 44  & tell me you follow my blog for a special token of my affection!

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