Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~ William Arthur Ward
Today was a great day, weather wise it was perfect, breakfast was delicious, I saw my family, and I got to blow glass. I was so grateful to my friend Bob McLeod for reaching out to me a few weeks ago when my Emma’s element broke and offered me access to his studio. What I didn’t expect was to meet another glass blower, Suzi! It’s been a long time, like ten years since I got to assist someone in the hotshop, run ideas by another like minded person – it was just a great day!
I worked on some special pieces today, Christmas gifts to others. Tonight, reflecting on my day, and the loss that has surrounded my friends I just need everyone in my life to know they are important to me. That I do love you.
This past year with TideLine has been another successful year and your continued love and support is appreciated. We, Vicki and myself just feel so blessed and look forward to another year creating with glass. So Thank you! Happy Holidays, kiss your loved ones, and Merry Christmas!
I dunno if you’re aware out there but there is a bit of glass crisis… Spectrum 96 cullet is a thing of the past. What is Spectrum 96 cullet you ask? Spectrum is a glass brand, 96 is the coefficient rate of expansion… its the science behind melting glass and cullet is the glass chunks you melt down in the furnace to blow with. I have a full furnace of clear glass melting right now – like I said the last of the clear.
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday I will be using the rest of the precious clear glass and then charging the furnace with the recycled ugly glass until I can solve my glass dilemma.
If you have been in contact about memorial orbs this weekend is the weekend to make it happen – after I use the recycled glass, the glass will no longer be clear it will be a transparent steel blue in color and not idea for memorial pieces.
I plan on making urchins, sea stars and maybe a few other things… I am looking forward to the this weekend, the warmth, and just being home. Stay tuned for pictures!
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.
What a great past few weeks in the hotshop! I made a lot of tidal balls… if you’re not close to Campbell River I did bring down a fresh batch to the Salish Sea Market in Bowser. They are on display there with so many other talented artists! Great handmade LOCAL! gift ideas there! Stay tuned for more venues!
We will be attending Christmas at the Lodge & Holiday Market November 25 & 26 10am – 4pm at the Filberg Lodge in Comox! We will be sure to bring our new sparkly candle holders (or what is left of them), Driftlines, Christmas spiders, Tidal Balls, and sea stars to name a few. So save the date!
What’s new you ask!? Just a new spin idea on an oldie… rhinestone urchins? I work in retail so I see the trends before the hit the salesfloor – I also like to design so I research trends, ideas, etc. I’ll even go outside in the nature and study things like the beach – ask questions and try and answer what makes this piece of kelp beautiful. It’s a thing I don’t do often enough lately but I do it to inspire me. Anyway – sparkles are in. Jewels are in. So I tried it. I like it. I’ve only made a few – and will put them on display at the Filberg and see what the people say.
Anyway stay warm! I am spending the day in the Hotshop today and then turning Emma off for the rest of the year – bitter sweet.
Some people run, walk, swim, and even knit or read to clear their mind and get into their zen space. I try to meditate and relax, even write gratitude lists just to get close to my zen space. Lately nothing has worked. I never thought I was a person that had anxiety but I could feel how tense and worried I was all the time- maybe it’s been the broken heart I have been nursing, the loss of my dog, stress of work, or maybe the combination. But that heaviness I feel every day is exhausting.
I found my zen two days ago while standing in front of the glory hole, focusing only on turning my pipe. My only job in the hotshop is to pay attention to the molten glass and keeping it on center. I am forced to focus on my body, the movements, the rhythm, relaxing my jacks, and controlling my breath. I found my zen two days in a row – my essential oils, fancy teas, and crystals couldn’t get me there but the company of Emma and my favorite pipe did. I have logged 12 hours this week in the hotshop so far – and totally worth it. What have I made? Tidal balls. I needed to. I craved the simpleness, the success, and the repetitiveness of making them. The focus and control I was forced to maintain when the soft color mixed with the hard color…
I look forward to another day in the hotshop where I can lose my thoughts, listen to music, and literally feel warm all day!
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!
Can not get enough of the Chakra Colors. They are so bright, bold, and energetic! The color not only works in glass but looks awesome as soy candles too! Vicki has been hard at work experimenting with her candle making skills – I love burning these candles. They are not scented, and because they are soy they burn clean.
The Nanoose Garden show is fast approaching which means that I will be turning on the furnace to blow some glass May 6 – 14! Times to be announced. What will I be making? Things for the garden, Tidal balls, maybe some castings – we will see! And some cups – for candles just because!