Monday, July 21, 2014

Art Glass Association of Southern California opening reception

Fabulous. Period. The opening reception for the current exhibit of the Art Glass Association of Southern California was yesterday in Carlsbad, a great little town about 30 miles north of my hometown, Coronado. The Front Porch Gallery's presentation of the glass was exquisite, giving each piece a lot of breathing room, and allowing the viewers to see the work up-close-and-personal, as they say.

The exhibit runs through early September, so take a look-see if you are in San Diego County.

Here is Susan Hirsch, glass artist extraordinaire. I have been spending quite a bit of time with her in her San Marcos studio, learning oodles about the ins and outs of sandblasting, as well as coldworking with a pneumatic wet angle grinder. She is one inspirational soul.




Thursday, July 17, 2014

opening reception, the postcard!


Opening reception
Saturday, August 2
4 to 6
Blackboard Gallery
2222 Ventura Road
Camarillo, California 93010

sponsored by the Studio Channel Islands Art Center

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Loneliness, Greenland

                                                                             Loneliness, Greenland

This piece has now been polished and is ready for the next step. The bottom photo shows the "back" side of the piece, which was not visible after the first firing. The captured glass curves inside the aqua, and now the curve is much more visible -- which brings me great joy!

I found a fabulous stone sculptor in town, and she is creating bases for four of my pieces -- a tranquil grey-green stone. I can't wait to see how this one looks, mounted.

Friday, July 4, 2014

the beginnings of a new piece


Greenland Diary entry, June 28, 1951, somewhere between Norfolk, Virginia and Thule, Greenland:


This is certainly a lonely life.  I’d like to be in a Navy where you exercised in the day and came home in the evening for some family life.

My dad's diary has several entries that evoke his sadness that our family was so far away and mail delivery was almost nonexistent. In this piece, I am referencing that feeling of being trapped, in or on the sea --  but that trapping was also beautiful, for the Navy was the career my father loved -- as he loved the sea. 

It was a Hobson's choice.

As well, the work reflects icebergs, and the beauty that inspired his descriptions.

Saw first iceberg at about 0600. It was a beautiful thing in the shape of two pyramids on their sides about 100 feet high and 5-600 long very iceberg looking. It passed about 3000 yards to port June 18, 1951

This piece has been fired twice, and is now ready for coldworking -- polishing the edges and the other side. More posts to follow...

Sunday, June 29, 2014

new exhibit, opening July 20 in Carlsbad


Juried Art Glass Association of Southern California new exhibition, Carlsbad, California, Front Porch Gallery. July 20-September 6. Opening reception July 20, noon-2.

Gallery address 
2903 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad 92008

Gallery Hours
Wednesdays through Fridays, Noon-6
Saturdays and Sundays, 11-5

Works in the exhibit


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Greenland DIary, more


This is the final version of another piece for the Greenland Diary show.

I am working on a textile installation now -- more to come...

Monday, June 16, 2014

kilnformed glass, ice, more


I have previously shared the piece on the right -- and now I have continued the enterprise with another, all inspired by icebergs and the Greenland Diary.

Each has a translucent white on top of layers transparent turquoise -- a light turquoise on the left, therefore the aura of blue.

Once these are displayed on the wall, light will pass through, bringing out these blues. My intent is to evoke some of mystery of the deep blue sea as it hosts these magnificent sculptures of ice.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

SAQA auction donation


A bit of a twist for my donation to the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Auction this year -- a reversible piece!

The textiles are mounted on a black gallery wrapped canvas with archival tape -- so each side can be displayed at the whim of the owner. This donation is on the SAQA web site at

http://www.saqa.com/memberArt.php?ID=3196

The auction begins on September 15, and I will post the specifics when that date looms large.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Greenland Diary -- the last sunset


Greenland Diary, June 19, 1951
...sunset for the last time [until August] at 2108

One half inch thick arc, kilnformed glass.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

ice imaginings in kilnformed glass


Texture is something I learned to love when working with textiles. Texture in glass is a whole different enterprise, where planes, curved or flat, usually are baby-bottom smooth.

But icebergs have texture in their smoothness, and this is something I have been thinking about as I work on the Greenland Diary series. Fresh out o' the kiln is a new piece that I hope will suggest that texture!

I still have a lot of work to do on it -- cleaning it up, honing the texture --  but I have been grinning ear-to-ear ever since I took this piece out of the kiln this morning.  It is exactly as I envisioned it. A big woo hoo here.
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