Cobalt for Christmas?

December 22, 2009

Or just reliving my Studio Sale in cobalt colors!  Seriously, this is a post for an old friend, who wanted to see COBALT. (You know who you are, Gil!) Looks like I’m way low on cobalt at the moment, but here is what I have on hand….  The detail shot above is current work done with powdered glass on sheet substrate.  Most have 22k gold designs drawn & fired into the glass.  Gorgeous pieces for home decor, don’t you think?!

I love these festive candleholders and make them in many color combinations.  I usually adorn them with botanical designs, my favorites being lavender & lilacs.  Most of my custom orders have been themes based on the client’s home decor.

I’m very low on handkerchief vases at the moment.  Those I have in cobalt are the two on the right and the very dark blue (back, left) with red accents.

This shot makes the blue vase appear almost black, but it’s a gorgeous cobalt iridescent glass

Here it is in front of a window with bright light.

And here’s the cobalt vase with white accents as viewed in front of the same window.

A set of cobalt wall pockets.  Please forgive the white price stickers, I shot these on the fly just before my studio sale opened!  The left pocket is a botanical design and the others are all from my ‘I’d give you the stars and moon’ series.  The moon is hand cut silver dichroic glass and the stars are all the scraps I made while trying to cut perfect moons.  By the way, if you’d rather learn to make you own wall pockets, come take my class (Build a Better Pocket) at the Las Vegas Glass Craft & Bead Expo in April!!

Not so cobalt but I love these pieces so included them for your viewing pleasure!

Lastly the same shot from the beginning of this post uncropped.  Cobalt is included in a couple of the pieces here because I like a contrast of lights and darks.  My current favorite for home decor is the turquoise and purple combination with gold, but it’s a bit tricky to work with.

Merry Christmas to all!  Hope your holidays are filled with light, love and laughter!!


Triple Splash

Triple Splash

Triple the splash, triple the color, triple the number of birds that will be flocking to enjoy this colorful functional art in your garden.  This is the project I’ve been working so hard on the last two weeks.  I couldn’t just make 3 bowls, had to make 20 so I could audition each one in each holder to see which combination I liked best.  The photo above is the combination I like today ~ tomorrow may be different.

I designed the frame first, as I knew if I were to make it in time for the show, I’d have to find a welder who could produce my vision within a quick 2 week time frame!  Susan Kline  was my first choice, as she’s also a glass artist & would understand what I wanted.   The frame that she produced is my drawing exactly!  Kudos, kudos, kudos.  Susan  has been working on an 8′ gate for months & I hope at the time of this posting that gate is finally installed!

I use a local powder coater for all the supports I’ve had made.  Mark Windsor gave me two of those rings filled with hundreds of color choices.  Lucky for me, he had an actual sample of the sparkly metallic stars I was drawn to.  That choice wouldn’t have looked as beautiful as the combination bronze/black reminding me of tree bark that I ultimately decided upon.  

As soon as I knew the frame was underway, I began a series of bowls.  Colorful bowls that would stand out in a garden, pretty as flowers, and iridescent as morning dew.  Watching all the flowers bloom in my own garden this spring, I was inspired by the rainbow of color I had forgotten exsisted.  Combining color and function, I’m calling this series ‘Splash’.  

Come to the opening at Columbia Arts to see my bird bath, ‘Triple Splash’, as well as the standard single baths & flower fairies.  First Friday, June 5th from 6 to 8pm.  Also in conjunction with this show, on Saturday, June 6th from 2:30 to 4pm, award winning landscape designer Marion McNew of Mount Hood Gardens will be giving a lecture titled “The Art of Garden Making”.  She is an incredible designer & not to be missed!  I was fortunate to have her come to my garden for a consultation after being on her waiting list for close to a year!

This month’s art show is presented in partnership with the Master Gardener’s ‘Secret Garden Tour’ of seven gardens in Hood River, OR, and White Salmon, WA on Saturday, June 13, from 10 am to 4 pm.


Another View

Another View

Hope to see you at the opening, but if you can’t make it, the show runs through June 30th.

1000 Markets

May 12, 2009

I’m excited to announce I’ve just been juried into 1000 Markets!

Shades of Purple

Shades of Purple

This bowl has been blogged about already, but I thought I’d share it again today because it’s included in my new 1000 Markets shop.  This is the first time I’ve participated in an on-line market so have a bit of a learning curve in front of me.  When you visit, please bear with me while I set up shop and begin adding inventory.  I accidentally found this site a couple months ago while learning about blogging in general and immediately liked it enough to bookmark it for further exploration.  A couple days later I couldn’t get it off my mind, so went back and started the process of ‘opening’ my own shop!

1000 Markets is a community of incredible artists, working in a huge range of media, as you’ll see.  ‘We’ also join forces under the umbrella of ‘markets’ to make shopping easier if you’re looking for specific items.  A network of shops not unlike a weekend art fair but instead of a transient fair, you can shop anytime from the comfort of home!  The same day my shop was approved, I received an invitation to join a specific market, Walls – decorate your personal space!

I’ve opened my shop with a few bowls from my Celestial Series, the recycled wall pockets and a few other things that you may have seen here, like the hearts in my Valentine’s day post: Happy Valentine’s Day.  I’m working on adding  jewelry, art glass wall pockets, and more sizes of celestial bowls.  If you’ve seen me at an art show or been to my studio sale, you know I have a long journey ahead!

With the Columbia Gorge Art Festival this weekend and work for the Art in the Garden show at Columbia Art Gallery due at the end of this month, it will be next week before I can start adding new items, so please check back often to see what’s new!  By the way, you can leave a note for me on my 1000 Markets blog to let me know how you like it, or just to say ‘hi’!  You can even ‘recommend me to a friend’!


Collection of Mini - Celestials

Collection of Mini - Celestials


This collection of mini Celestials is ready for the upcoming Glass Gallery at the Portland Convention Center. April 24 – 26 if you’re in the area.  They’re priced in the $20 – $30 range.  Beautiful colors with 22k gold spirals, stars, sunbursts, and lines inspired by nature drawn atop & fired in.  Miniature replicas of my larger bowls.

If you do visit me at the Glass Gallery, please mention you follow my blog for a special treat.  And along those lines……

A Facebook friend, Lisa Allen (http://www.lisa-allen.com) recently started a “Give it Away, Pass it On; Random Act of Kindness Alert which greatly appealed to me.  I decided I’d like to try it here.  The rules are pretty simple:

The first five (5) people to comment on this post will get something from or made by me.
This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully:    

– I make no guarantees that you will like what I make.

– What I create or give will be just for you.

– It’ll be done over the next 12 months.

– You have no clue what it’s going to be. It may be a cool glass bracelet. It could be a shibori tie-dye scarf. Might even be a book I think you will like. Could be a sculpture or a painting. It may be a gift certificate from a place I think you would like. Or maybe I will make a glass piece with you as the inspiration. Who knows? Not you, that’s for sure!

– I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

– I reserve the right to change the rules!

And in return, all you need to do is post this text into a post of your own and make or give  5 things for 5 others.

Of course, you’ll have to send me your mailing address……

Sound fun?  Comment below:

Shades of Purple

March 16, 2009


Shades of Purple

Shades of Purple

Shades of Purple is another bowl in my celestial series that speaks to my personal observations.  It’s the sunrise and the sunset.  The beginning and the end.  Swirled together into a large spiral with little gold stars denoting my attachment to glitteratzi.  And the golden paths that we all follow.

This bowl is made with six shades of Bullseye purple powder atop a clear iridescent substrate.  I  form most of my bowls with a drop ring, because I like having control of the shape.  If you’re unfamiliar with kilnforming, a drop ring is a flat ceramic ‘donut’, often used to form vases.  The ring is positioned inside the kiln, on stilts with the glass disc centered atop.  The glass drops through the ring, or ‘donut hole’ as I slowly apply just enough heat to soften the glass and form the shape.


February 18, 2009


I love the large birds.  Especially herons.  I’ve followed them down the Columbia River trying to capture them with my camera.  Without success.  I once saw a huge gathering of herons along the Yakima River, but didn’t have my camera with me.  All I could do was blaze the memory into my mind.  I don’t know if my memory is now exaggerated or if there really were dozens of herons along the bank of the river that day.

This rendering is done with powdered glass sandwiched between layers of sheet glass.  Thanks to Gwen for calling me today about her heron piece which prompted me to post this one.

Turquoise and Purple

February 16, 2009


One of my favorite color combinations is the turquoise of tropical waters blended with blue and red violets.  Add some lines and some gold … another set of bowls.


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