The last of the clear

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!

Burns, patience, & finishing

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!

Whew!

Vicki and I are done! We are so thankful for such a successful weekend at the filberg lodge! What an incredible turn out and supportive bunch the comox valley is! What a fun weekend.  it’s weekends like this that encourage us to keep making, inspire us to create more, and fulfill our creative minds.  Driftline
This season Vicki expanded her tideline’s and created a more organic twist to them – driftlines.  We sold out! They were a hit!
During my time in the hotshop I really wanted to blow sea urchins but couldn’t figure it out for weeks – until a jelly fish top went terribly wrong.  The sea urchins were a hit! I cannot wait to get back into the hotshop and make more, improve them, add some color… the ideas are never ending!

What a weekend!

u6TLG survived the Kris Kringle this past weekend, four days in Nanaimo with some amazing artisans! We set up our booth at Beban Park where thousands of people came through – and we saw some friendly faces we knew too! It was everything we had hoped and expected so thank you Nanaimo! And a big thanks to the Kris Kringle committee who put on a fantastic show.  I think the singing bird/hockey player/toy story dude on stilts was my fav besides the Grinch – both had me laughing pretty hard!
Our Christmas sales are coming to an end for the year – if you missed us we will be set up this weekend at the Filberg Lodge in Comox for the Christmas at the Lodge and Holiday Market.  We will be set up there both Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm with some stained glass Angels and Fish, lampworked Christmas Tree Spiders, Driftlines, Tidal balls, Sea Stars and even a few blown Urchins.

Kris Kringle Craft Market

14639873_696668253830012_2896682732494175271_nTwo more sleeps! TLG is super excited to be attending this years Kris Kringle Craft Market in Nanaimo this year at Beban Park.  If you’re in the area there are 150+ artists in attendance – makes for a good show!
It starts on:
Thursday at noon – 9pm
Friday 10am – 9pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm

Sea Urchins and Thanks

What an incredible weekend! We are so thankful for such an amazing weekend spent at the Charles Dickens Christmas Craft Faire.
Getting into the holiday spirit, I wanted to share with you a new design from TideLine.  Blown sea urchins – they are small measuring approx. 3″ across… designed for the tree!

Happy Place

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Holidays are fast approaching for me – I have been counting down at work and some have asked “are you going somewhere?” and I answer yes, I am going to my happy place.  Not that work isn’t happy – its work and I enjoy it, the people and the challenges but my happy place is my hot shop.  When the furnace is cold, I think about what I can make next, how I can make myself better at the craft.  I research youtube, pinterest, the glass forums, anything to learn more.  I follow the glass museums and artists on facebook – I am certain that my happy place is the hot shop.

As most you know, Vicki is my business partner (also my dads wife, a k a my mother) we have been collaborating some ideas – we are almost ready to share with you.  I usually don’t collaborate the blowing with Vicki – but she has been coming up with some pretty cool ideas so I ordered some new glass color – and not the usual colors I lean towards.  I think the new line will be a hit! Stay tuned!