Practice is necessary. Sure, it would be wonderful if everything I ever made was a beautiful and sellable work of art, but glass doesn't seem to work that way for me. So, I do force myself to work out of my comfort zone with glass. I make stuff and lots...
June 1, 2018
6 years ago, I went down to part time from a steady full time job, so I could put more time and energy into selling beads to jewelry designers. If you had asked me then what my plan was it would have been to sell only beads on Etsy and a few bead shows...
May 1, 2018
Believe it or not, I didn't actually forget about this blog. The holiday season just happened, and I have no idea where the last half of the year went. It's just about Christmas and then 2017 will be over and time for 2018 to start.As the year comes to a...
December 24, 2017
So, when I find the opportunity (and the time), I try to apply to any exhibition that seems to be a good fit for my glasswork.Usually there is a jurying fee just to apply that doesn't have any sway over whether your work gets into the exhibition or not....
September 13, 2017
One of the huge advantages of soft glass over borosilicate is the enormous variety of colors. There is a huge palette of transparent and opaque colors along with reactive silver glasses and the more temperamental opalino styles.To give you even more...
August 2, 2017
So, Summer time is generally the slower time for online sales in the art world. At least that has been my experience. There's always an ebb and flow to sales and despite 5 years of doing this as my main income, it can still be pretty scary when you hit a...
July 27, 2017
So in my last entry I mentioned that I've been playing around with marbles. Since then, I've made quite a few more and I'm feeling more confident in my off mandrel work.Here is some transparent blue over a core of white with silvered ivory linework. I've...
July 18, 2017
The past few weeks, I've really been enjoying making marbles. It started with my paperweight class a few weeks ago. During class, we didn't use a single mandrel. As someone who has been a beadmaker all of my glassy career, that can be rather intimidating...
June 10, 2017
So this past weekend I commuted to Expressive Glass in Buffalo to take a class on paperweights with David Graeber. I had a great time and learned lots, so I thought I would share a few pictures with you.Each flower in the paperweight is created off...
May 23, 2017
One of the newest techniques I have been playing with this year is electroforming or electroplating. That is a process where metal is deposited on a conductive surface using an electrical current in an electrolyte bath. It starts with my glass.combined...
May 17, 2017