Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Customer inspiration

I love my customers, I truly do.  If it weren't for their ideas and input much of what I create would never have come to be.

I have a friend who is a jewelry artist and she doesn't feel this way at all, she finds special orders irritating and intrusive and says that special orders and requests, ".....interfere with my artistic vision".

OK, I can respect that.  It's just that I really don't have some great artistic vision.  I just like to play with glass and fire (and beads and fiber and string and about a billion other things...oh and LOOK, a squirrel.....).

I really think of myself as more of a crafts-person than an artist and the term 'artist' in reference to me personally makes me.....well...it makes me uncomfortable.  It's not that I don't use it and in fact some people who purchase my work expect to see it so you can't really escape it's use, but it still feels awkward to me, like I'm lying or something if that makes sense.

But inspiration is a term I'm completely comfortable with and I'm grateful to the jewelry artists (and yes you girls and guys ARE artists) who are sweet enough to share their vision with me so that I can then move into previously unexplored territory and learn not only new things about glass but new things about what I can actually do now as well.  Fear of the unknown can hold you back.  I'm lucky to have fantastic creative people pushing me forward.

Sooooo, here's the eye candy, all inspired by requests from my customers.  Thank you all!  (((hugs)))

Friday, July 13, 2012

Flames, coffee, and new stuff!

I have a couple of new offerings in my made to order lampwork bead line!

First a little morning coffee:

then some fire:

And these are not part of my made to order line but rather a special order I did for a local customer.  I really really love the way they turned out and will be doing more crosses in this shape to offer in my shop soon!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Cool website find!

Toni Lutman over at lampworketc.com (one of the glass forums I hang out at) posted a link to a website called 'Artists Inspire Artists' that has pages and pages with a plethora of all kinds of artwork and you can even submit your work via their Facebook page.  I've been having a great time just browsing through all the art.  People are so creative! <3

Artists Inspire Artists

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


I was blown away by the beautiful contents of my BSBP package that I received from my sweet partner Eva Sherman.  Roman glass!  The focal is the graduated sterling waves and just look at that clasp!  It took my breath away.

I've already been playing but shhhhhh, no peeking! ;)  I will say that I am having the best time arranging and rearranging the parts.  There was a thread on a glass forum I read where ppl were debating the old "Is glass liquid or solid?" and "Why is all the glass thicker at the bottom of old windows, did it run with time?"  The answer to that BTW is actually no, back in the day when the glaziers set the windows they would put the thicker part of the glass at the bottom of the window.  All antique glass was, of course, hand rolled and so naturally there were thicker areas and thinner areas.  I actually have some hand rolled sheets of Moretti soda lime glass and although it is modern glass there are thickness variances even in the small (2 foot x 2 foot) piece that I have.  It makes sense from a weight distribution viewpoint to hang the thickest part of any object on the bottom if you think about it.

My point is that I have it in my head to do a piece with the working title (in my head) of "It's Not A Liquid" but then doing some organic flowing or even drippy glass to work into the design along with the Roman glass as sort of a juxtaposition of harsh, angular glass and flowing amorphous glass.  

That's the plan anyway.  We shall see what we shall see.  :D