Sunday, August 2, 2015

metaphors

My magic sandblaster offers me choices -- a crystal clear glossy (predictable) reflective finish, or a muted matte look that suggests an air of mystery. This is a detail of a piece I just sandblasted. The second (matte finish) photo really doesn't capture the depth, where the line recedes into the nether regions, and then reappears as if beckoned by some unknown force. I know, my mind is on overdrive. But that's the point, methinks.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Time, the Pedernale mesa and Georgia


Time. A friend. 

During the artists' residency in New Mexico last fall, we spent the first six days at Ghost Ranch, smack dab in the middle of the vistas that populated much of Georgia O'Keefe's work. In the distance, the Pedernale mesa was ever present. As we went on various hikes, I would always try to situate myself in relation to it -- it felt like a magnetic force.

The Pedernale  was O'Keefe's favorite. She claimed it was her own land, and her ashes are scattered there. I understand the force now.

The piece pictured above is my homage to O'Keefe and her beloved land form. The sandblasted finish, I think, honors the mystery of place. I can't stop looking at it, the mesa (now in my photos only) and the glass. 

This is the first New Mexico themed piece I have created since the residency. A long incubation time -- our mentors Richard Parrish and Steve Klein said it might be some time before works came to us that would directly be born of the New Mexico experience. They were very wise indeed.

Friday, July 17, 2015

what they saw

This piece was in my recent Proverbs show. Some friends went crazy over it. One of them is gaga over hummingbirds, and said that was the first thing she saw -- the beak is at 2 o'clock -- but the piece had an area in the lower left that my friends didn't like.

                                                                                                       pre-sandblasting

It turned out that the area was the result of an experiment I had done using crushed glass---frit--and I had not liked the area either (nor did my husband!). The frit had risen to the top and just looked like some errant flour-fingerprint.

So, I sandblasted it off, refired to seal the sandblasting, re-polished the edges, and voila, my friends get their piece sans smudge!

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.
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