Mother’s Day – a day to celebrate our Mothers and all the influential women in our lives.  Not everyone chooses to have children and there are several women in my life who I honor even though I’m not their daughter.

In addition to my mother who made it in a ‘Man’s World’ and her sisters who I adore, I have to include Mom’s best friend Rae as one of those women.  Rae moved in with us to help pay our rent when I was 5 or 6. Rae’s mom had one of the first gardens I remember with the sweetest raspberries and petrified wood. I wish I could have told Rae how much she meant to me before she passed on to the next world.

When I was a teen, Mom’s friend Carol made our house payment a time or two so we wouldn’t lose our house. Carol and her partner always treated my sisters & I as though we were important enough to listen to. She laughed at our jokes & always had a smile for us.

Donna, an ex-nun also worked with Mom & was absolutely outrageous to a teenager. She smoked, drank, cussed & told us racy jokes as if we were old enough to understand them.  She let me drive her red convertible sports car anytime and anywhere I wanted.  Mom insisted I only drive it around the block.

I did get to tell them both later in life how they influenced me, but I’m not sure they heard me as I had a very soft voice back then. I’d sure like to find them again to be sure they know. That I love them for loving us unconditionally back then, even though we didn’t know that’s what they were doing. Unconditional love. It was a huge feeling for someone who didn’t know what it meant…until later.

None of those extraordinary friends of my mom had children of their own. They are why I always celebrate all the women who are positive influences in the life of a child. Mother’s Day is for every woman who touches the heart of a child.  Thank you ladies, for touching mine and for helping to shape the woman I am today.  I love you.  Unconditionally.

Image Transfers

February 23, 2009


This past weekend I was in a workshop with Carrie Iverson, ‘Image Transfers for Glass’.  I did a lot of similar printing on cloth when I worked with fibers and was interested in how the process would relate to glass.  I’ve tried screen printing, another form of transferring imagery, but it’s so messy in my tiny studio that I tend to not do it unless absolutely necessary for the project.  

I loved this process.  It’s simple, direct, and only a little messy.  I especially liked the use of non-toxic materials.  I have an upcoming project for which this technique will be perfect!

The above images I printed in class are Carrie’s.  She brought an assortment for students to use so we could focus on playing with the material.  I liked the rope imagery that appears heart shaped, then printed a second latticed rope image atop.  Double ropes over heartshape…. made me think about different forms of  love (hearts) and how they can be all tied up or fenced in.

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2009













Small jewelry sized cast glass hearts

photo credit:  Photosensitive Portraits

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