Thursday, June 18, 2015

Show time

For some reason that defies logical explanation, I am in a 5 person show this Saturday. Some of the pieces that have been living in my brain have come to pass. I have learned that icebergs amd Greenland have more plans for me. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Finished glass cubes

The coldworking of the cubes I made in the Emma Varga workshop is complete. Bright and shiny, and I have some newly toned muscles from the endeavor...

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Emma Varga workshop

I just returned from upstate New York where I took a class with fab glass artist Emma Varga. Wow. Here are some pieces I started there -– have to coldwork (polish) them now...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New experiments

Now that the studio remodel is done and all the new equipment is up and running, I can start to follow up on experiments I began at the residency in New Mexico last fall. Here are some results!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

back in business

The kiln is "on" and after a long wait, the newly expanded workshop is open for business. Here is one of my pieces as it catches the light and mingles with its neighbors.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


We are about a week away from having a fully operational glass studio, so I am playing around with images of my glass to whet my appetite.

The angular piece was made at Pilchuck a year and a half ago, and it sits upon a part of an iceberg piece I made for the "Greenland Diary" show. There's a lot of ice-work yearning to be set free in the glass out there, and I intend to do my best to allow it to bust out and express itself with aplomb.

Meanwhile, I am exploring some texture studies I did at Pilchuck
--all experiments in low firing temps to maintain that wonderful grainy look.

Monday, February 2, 2015

what to do when your workshop is down...

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, so by my calculations I have almost three months of fondness coming from readers of this blog.

My hiatus from glass has been caused by the construction of an expanded workshop. I became tool-centric this past year and absolutely needed to add a sandblaster and a wet angle grinder to my bag of tricks. Yippee, we are almost there -- just awaiting arrival of the monster air compressor that will make those tools operate with the efficiency of the Pilchuck coldworking room.

Meanwhile, I tried my hand at painting with smoke, inspired by the strange and compelling geological formations at Plaza Blanca, New Mexico. Here is my initial attempt:

I have in mind some application to glassworks, but that process is still percolating,

Meanwhile, to whet my art-appetite, my husband and I undertook to redesign our front yard. Nasty raccoons made a meal of the last of the goldfish in our pond, and faced with the prospect of providing fodder for the local foragers or just getting rid of the pond, the latter seemed the logical option.

The drought made that decision easy. The pond and waterfall consumed water, a forbidden enterprise in these parts. So, here is the new space. I will be making glass to suspend from the black frames (design yet undecided). Cables can be used to stablize the glass. Who knows whether the Santa Ana winds will destabilize the cable system...

We had a grand time designing and building this. The stone in front has a recirculating pump (read:water saver). Plants are all succulents.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

always, for Veteran's Day, Daddy

                                                                 Arlington National Cemetery
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