My booth at the Maryland Christmas Show was right by the fabulous santa, so I had a front-row seat to the stream of toddlers dressed in charming holiday outfits and older kids holding their belief in Santa close to their chests like a precious charm. It was a fun time, and while the conversation was occasionally interrupted by the wail of a frightened child I enjoyed talking to the shoppers and browsers.
Every show has its own personality and favorite pieces, and this crowd was especially interested in the my Christmas tree ornaments, pendants and earrings. I originally made only the tree ornaments, but after the fifth person asked if they were pendants I went home and made a bunch of them into pendants and earrings! I'll have plenty of these on hand for the Studio Open House and Sale on the 10-11th.
This won't be a surprise to you -- but I think glass is really beautiful! (Check out joyofglass.com for more reasons.) And I have a lot of great small pieces in my studio that I love but don't know quite what to do with. So when my friend Rana asked me to make pocket pieces, I was intrigued. Pocket pieces? She explained that these are small pieces of beautiful glass that you can keep in your pocket. Not jewelry, not even key fobs (although I could put a hole in them) but just a small piece of art to have in your pocket.
I am in favor of anything that gets art glass out into the world, even if it's usually hidden in your pocket.
These are samples of what I would consider Pocket Pieces. I would charge $15 for small ones (dichro about 1"x1", non dichro a bit larger). Leave me a note and let me know what you think -- would you like glass in your pocket?
Join me at Art in the Park in Annapolis this weekend if you're in the area. Joy of Glass will be at Quiet Waters Park, 10 to 5 both days. There will be 70+ artists, as well as music and food. (Cost - $6 per car per day.)
Give a unique wedding remembrance box to your favorite bride and groom. The glass lids of these finely crafted hardwood boxes can highlight a photo or invitation (or both), and provide a special place to keep the precious objects that remind you of the joy of your wedding. Contact me if interested.
I was able to spent lots of time in the studio last month, so I cooked up some new styles and pieces. I'm most excited about creating an innovative technique that builds heavy, organic-looking silver "frames" behind which I mount glass using prongs and partial bezels.
My goal for these pieces is to balance my glass cabochons, which are often bright and dramatic, with a substantial silver frames so that neither overwhelms the other. Here are some of my new pendants, what do you think? Leave me a comment if you have an opinion!
And by the way, if you haven't yet visited Glen Echo, this is a great time to do so -- in addition to artist studios, try out the the merry-go-round and visit the puppet theater.
These two pieces illustrate the difference. I love having the option to fit the mood to each particular piece of glass and silver design.
Which effect is your favorite? Are you a sparkle person, or a glow person, or does it depend on your mood?
Don't miss this fabulous art glass show, opening April 8th at VisArts in Rockville, MD. This juried exhibition of fine art glass begins with a reception from 7 - 9 April 8th, and runs through May 1 at 155 Gibbs St. My Piece, The Tipping Point, is part of the show.
Special events on April 24th
Artist talk 2:00
Glass demonstrations from 1 - 4
Hope to see you there!
Creating beautiful art involves continually searching for the color, the pattern and texture that “clicks” — what i call the Ahh moment. When it’s right, I actually feel a body sense letting me know I’ve found it. I’m still learning, but its been rewarding to wait for — and to trust — that moment.
This piece is made of 6 layers of glass, each made up of 7or 8 different pieces with patterns and colors. It was great fun, if challenging, to put these puzzle pieces together layer by layer. I had to find many Ahh moments during the process, and ultimately achieved the overall sense of completion.
Does this resonate for you? Do you find an Ahh moment in your work, whether art or writing or another craft?
One of the wonderful qualities of glass is its depth -- using layers of transparent glass, your eye can wander around within a piece. I have used this quality in glass scenes, as in the landscape piece shown above in the header, and also in jewelry. Of course layers of glass make for a thick piece -- not always desirable in jewelry! So I have been working on create layers of dichroic (sparkly) glass that are still thin enough to make good jewelry. It's not easy to photograph these pieces because the camera doesn't know quite where to focus, but I do my best. My latest piece, below, was made with a base layer of red and three layers of transparent dichro. It's about 1" around and will be set in silver as a pendant.
This January completes my first year of full-time focus on my glass art, and it's been quite a ride! I'm gratified that my art has brought beauty to many people, grateful that I've been able to learn many new techniques, and delighted that I've made many new pieces. And now, I'm happy to be able to step back and take a breath in this season with few shows and pressures.
I will use the opportunity to to communicate with you, my customers and friends, via this web site and a new robust social media presence. I have a number of new products to share, including glass photo remembrance boxes, new styes of jewelry, custom lighting sconces -- -- stay tuned!
I invite you to share your thought, feedback, and ideas -- I'd love to hear from you!
I have finally selected a logo for Joy of Glass, using a crowd-sourcing process in which I reviewed over 100 designs, had a focus group help me judge the designs, and eventually found one I liked. I think it captures the color, spirit , and creative process in my glass art. Here it is, hope you like it!
Come to Glen Echo this weekend -- they're opening the carousel! And also, a show at the Art Glass Center
This is the last weekend of the "Fired Up" show at the Art Glass Center at Glen Echo. These are two of my pieces -- along with about 65 other great pieces from studio artists.
Tomorrow (May 2nd) is Family Day at Glen Echo -- come on out!
Dimension in Glass -- I'm discovering how to use layers of glass to create dimension, a sense of distance. The piece above is an inch thick and has long, medium and short vistas.
I'm using this page to talk about the art and joy of working with glass and silver.
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
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