What a great time I have been having in the hot shop these past couple of months – with the upcoming garden shows I am doing I feel a little pressure now to complete some Tidal Balls and Sea Stars…. BUT! I made tumblers.
I love the thought of functional vs. things. What is the purpose of a crystal glass that sits in the cabinet and collects dust? Please promise me, if you fall in love with one of my cups that you use it! Use it for your chocolate milk, juice, soda water… wine! Use it. That is why I made it. Maybe I’ll interview potential buyers and ask “and what is your intention with this handmade cup?”
I attended a Rock & Gem Show in Port Alberni a while ago and purchased some beautiful crystals – I wish glass was compatible with natural stones but it isn’t. But I couldn’t get it out of my head, glass and crystals – the healings, the raw beauty. So I experimented – yes I did. I took time to relearn, learn, and let go and try something new. And as most experiments go the first few tries are ugly but you see the idea, the potential and you keep at it. For the first time in a very long time I got out my sketch book and I started scribbling ideas. Functional/healing – crystals. Something was there. I used clear glass to really feature the crystal, the crystal of choice of course is amethyst, one of my favourites. My thought is the person drawn to the cup is looking for the energy from the stone, whichever you’re attracted to whether it be amethyst, clear quartz, rose quartz, etc. you would get what you needed when you drink from the glass, and when your thumb makes connection with the stone. Perhaps thats function on a whole new level?
I didn’t stop there – I have been playing with the chakra colours for a little over a year now and I thought how can I incorporate that into my functional tumblers – well. I made murrini– its layers of colour pulled to create repeating patterns in glass. Some glass blowers are pretty serious about their murrini and cane pulling but I am a little more laxadaisy (made up word?) and enough the organic look of glass vs. the perfect and disciplined. Regardless, I made Chakra coloured murrini and had been experimenting with that and decided to start there – chakra murrini tumblers. And maybe a crystal, a rose quartz crystal. The color blew out and at first I was disappointed but now I love how the colors blend like they are painted with a brush. They are soft and each are different. These might be my favourites if I had to choose.
Continuing with the chakra colours I thought maybe the murrini isn’t saying what I am trying to show – so I poured the frit (glass colour) on my table in a line and rolled my pipe on top to pick up every colour of the chakra and continue that way. Love. Needless to say they turned out beautiful and am excited to make more.
These guys will be on display among other new pieces yours truly and Vicki have come up with at our up coming show – where you ask? Why Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens Art & Bloom Festival of course! May 18, 19, & 20. Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm and Monday 10am – 4pm.
I have had such a great week in the hotshop! The weather has been amazing, the glass has been cooperative, and my mind is relaxed. What else can a girl ask for!
Glass is becoming more and more harder to find. The glass I use is no longer made – and most would think its just glass! I have some old wine bottles you can have. Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. So – instead of panicking (again) I have done what I should have been doing all along was sort my clear, and recharge as I go using half new glass half upcycled. But anyone who knows me knows I am a bit of princess. Regardless, I spent a day sandblasting the seconds and charged the furnace with the used glass. Not only did it clean up my shop a bit, it freed up my favorite bowl and has allowed me a few more days of blowing with nice, clean clear glass!
My week has been spent making Tidal Balls, some pieces for some Garden Art, and well terrariums. I want to create functional. I wanted something new. Sometimes – a nerd moment I will walk the garden centers, and look at all the beautiful plants. I even bought a few for my balcony when I saw the air plants. Then I found myself on Pinterest. Anyway – I tried it. I like it. I call it the TidalPus. You know like the Octopus but Tidal for Tideline… I’ll stop. These plants are misted a couple of times a week – no dirt, no fuss. My kind of plant!
Want to see them in person? Vicki and I will be at the Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden Show June 23 & 24!
What else have I been up to? Memorials. I have met some beautiful people that have shared their stories of their loved ones with me. I feel grateful I can create these treasures for people and maybe help a bit with the healing of their loss.
This week I did some with color, and some without. All of them turn out beautiful.
This past week I took some vacation days from work so I could focus all of my attention in the hotshop with a few beach days, go carting dates, and even some hockey games. Did I get everything accomplished? I don’t know if I have ever felt that feeling after turning off the furnace. When I turn Emma off – I feel loss. Sadness even. I think of the things I wanted to try and didn’t, or more realistically the things I wanted to try again due to failure.
This time I burned myself – not badly. My minds been other places I guess. I got three fingers, and my chest. Yep – the glass hit me in the chest from the crack off bucket and stuck to me. I think that one hurt worse than the molten glass I dropped on my leg… war wounds.
I made Tidal balls – lots of them. Blues, earthy colored balls. Its garden season coming up and we are going to be at the Kitty Coleman Art & Bloom festival next weekend so I wanted to make for the season! I also did a few other pieces up – stay tuned for some pictures!
Art in the Garden this past weekend in Nanoose Bay was amazing. If felt so good to not only prepare the weeks prior but to set up our tables and arrange our artworks for people to view and talk about with just felt – well natural. It felt like home. It is what we do. What we are meant to do.
Vicki’s Driftlines were a success. This was the second showing for them and the response from the public was so encouraging and rewarding. She even took it a step further and incorporated sandcasting made by yours truly.
The Jelly fish were a hit. And the tidal balls as usual. My favorite though was the sandcasting burl my father put together. Thank you for all that came to say hello and support me and Mother! Thank you to Leslie for such an awesome and successful venue. Beautiful scenery and talented artisans that made our weekend a memorable one!
This weekend, July 9th & 10 we are excited to be a part of the Art in the Garden show in Nanoose Bay! It starts at 10am and goes until 4pm both days. It’s cash admission by donation – Proceeds go to the Nanoose Community Services – Food Bank!