Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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Monday, February 17, 2014
Here is the piece after a water clean. Now, I will have a hand at engraving the center top section. It is composed of several layers of dove gray, black and white powdered glass.
This side rested on fiber paper and therefore has an uneven matte finish. That will have to be sandblasted off after I finish the engraving. The reverse side has a glossy finish, and I like the contrast
At Pilchuck this summer, I learned how to build a mold for slumping. I would like to do that for this piece and slump it after the engraving, sandblasting and other coldworking processes are completed. I have never slumped a piece that has uneven thicknesses. More to learn...
Sunday, February 16, 2014
I can't clean it up yet (those little molecules are still swirling around), but it looks like I might have my first piece! I will be using my Foredom drill to sculpt the bas relief feature -- it has multiple layers of black, grey, and white -- and I hope to be able to sandblast at least one side to get a nice matte finish.
Excited in Ventura.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
In our crazy winter weather, a cloudy day has been a rare event. Today, we even had a bit of rain, thank goodness. I took the opportunity to stop by the glass installation, hoping for a reflection-free photo opportunity. Yes!
The entire entryway is beautifully designed with several delightful artworks peeking about -- see the almost-Chartres-blue glass ball on a metal rod opposite my glass -- and the painted rebar-and-metal sculpture on the left side towards the front door.
The door itself is a massive slab of some fascinating wood whose genus and species escape me. Its color bounces back to the chestnut=colored sections of the glass, methinks. Well, I guess it's okay to like your own work...
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Tra la! This commission was installed the week before Christmas. The clients are happy as clams in the Chesapeake. I used an Arakawa hanging system that really secures the glass brilliantly.
Here are the trusty installers, my husband...
and the client...(sans his wife, who was entertaining me inside their spectacular home as the men worked...)
Here it is in situ, as we say in the law...
I need to take pictures when the sun isn't reflecting on it. The home is right around the corner from us, so I get to drive by it often and see it under different lighting conditions...a real treat.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Inspiration is fickle. It refuses to come when beckoned. But when decides to appear, it takes over, and occupies and inordinate space in conscious thought. And that's not a bad thing.
My current obsession is a then-top-secret mission the Navy undertook in 1951-1952. The goal was to establish a military base in Thule, Greenland (with the permission of Denmark), 800 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The mission was so startling that it made the cover of Life magazine: The Biggest Secret Operation Since D-Day.
He wrote of ice and fog, fog and ice. And in his saga, he created a record that offers a poignant and precious insight into his character.
This inspires me, and my mind is overflowing with ideas of how I can interpret this in art -- fog, ice, the Arctic, and of course, those ships.
What comes to mind, of course, as I sit in my native and drought-stricken California, is global warming, and the challenges to the ice, and all that flows from that.
So I am thinking of blue and gray and white and black and layers and transparency and depth and...it is that delightful part of the process in which the ideas present themselves in bursts of energy. It's a good thing, and I'll post on those bursts as they arrive and are tested.
The blue piece at the top of this post is my first test, a gradation of solid color. Who knows what's next?
Thursday, January 9, 2014
The artist in me grew up making textiles. The basic foundations sometimes transfer to my glass works, the seams sealed in the kiln, the decorative lines now dancing on top like so many stitches.
The second photo is a detail of a little improvisational piece I have been put together over the holidays (still in progress), the fringed piece front-and-center a delightfully nubby silk, ooh la la. Red vertical stitching there is hard to see in this photo.
As well, I have been toying with some of last year's photos from the fallen pine trees, to what end, I don't know at this point.This is a close-up of the stump, some little medieval church, it seems, left in the spikey wood (foreground).
Lots of visions dancing around. Lucky me.