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"Dark Highway" is a wall piece that I made relatively recently. The disk is about 20" in diameter and is an abstract image of a truck coming out of the darkness toward the viewer. "Dark Highway" will be mounted with small silver edge clips that will hold the piece to the wall. Inspiration "Dark Highway" was inspired by a rusty truck on the side of a field as I was driving to Tucson. I didn't take the time to stop a take a picture of the truck, which I truly regretted later. Instead I looked around in Google Images - a very handy resource for visual artists - and found half a dozen images of rusty trucks that were similar enough to work from. I printed out all of … [Read More...]
About a week and a half ago, I attended a fused glass class at the Santa Fe Bullseye Resource Center called "Working Without Expectation," taught by Catharine Newell. Classes at Bullseye are always fabulous and this one was no exception. It was a truly wonderful class whose entire point was to let go of your expectations of what you wanted the end product to look like and instead focus on the process of creating something. I learned quite a bit from the process, even though it was tricky and frustrating at the start. Catharine started on the first day with some sketch exercises designed to loosen us up and have us start looking at things in a different way, as we … [Read More...]
After the Sedona Arts Festival show was over, I decided to make another raindrop bowl. I have a bowl mold that I hadn't used before that I wanted to try out and I thought it would make a good experimental mold for the raindrop bowls. So, I used this mold for my next bowl and created the deep red raindrop bowl that you can see on the left. I thought that with the clear in the bottom layer it would be lighter in color, but the color turned out to be much deeper than I expected. This mold actually has a foot to it and I was curious to see how well the frit balls would shape themselves to fit the foot of the bowl. Actually, they did quite well, as you can see from the … [Read More...]
One of the wonderful things about working with an art medium such as glass is that you have the ability to create items that are truly one of a kind. Whether you are just starting out with collecting fused glass art or you have been doing it for quite some time, you will find that fused glass pendants are always going to make an incredible gift for yourself or someone special on your gift list. Of course, you could always go to the store to buy a necklace with a pendant; however you are likely to see that the pricing will be high and the selection might not be exactly what you are looking for. When you work to put together your own fused glass pieces to wear as … [Read More...]