TLG’s got the Blues

Not the sad blues! I charged the furnace with every piece of glass I could find that didn’t work out or scraps from the pipes of any colour including white, black, green, pink… any colour I have ever worked with in the hot shop I saved in buckets just for this week.

To charge the furnace you have to heat the glass up to 530 degrees to keep it from blowing up in the furnace and damaging the elements. This is all the recycled glass from the buckets – its an all day event.

I ended up with 8 big buckets of glass that really should have gone into the garbage but to glass blowers – glass is precious.  It is expensive and is coveted.  As a result all the glass in the furnace is now blue.  A beautiful transparent blue that makes for great castings.

If given the choice I would rather sand cast over blowing any day.  Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind making balls and jelly fish but the casting – there is no comparison really.
Barnacles and an oyster shell from the first day of casting – beautiful blue right?!

Because the castings are so thick it takes longer to come down in temperature – the wait is approximately 2 days.  But oh so worth it!
Photo credits and video credits go to by brother Dakota… my family, my assistant, my rock.

Red Roses

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.

The Sea Star is said to be sensory creatures, nerves that run from their center to the tip of their limbs. It facilitates feelings such as strong, patient, magical, renewing, healing, sensitive, perception to name a few.

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!

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!

June One

Seconds ready to go back into the furnace and be melted down!

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!

 

 

Colored Memorials.  I did the photo in B&W to respect the family. 

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.

‘Tis the Season

I use to love this time of year – and I still do to some degree.  Now there are no babies, my niece and nephew are overseas, and Dakota reminds me constantly that he is an adult now.  I find this time of year hard, a reminder of my Nanny – I still have all her wrapping paper she insisted on storing.  Kinda makes me laugh because I haven’t had to buy any in years now so either I suck at gift giving, she gave a lot, or she was preparing never to run out of any wrapping paper for any occasion.  It’s a reminder of what should have been, what was, and just a reminder to be honest – hug your loved ones and be grateful.
I truly believe glass is my therapy.  I don’t know where I would have ended up if glass didn’t find me – and right now I really wish Emma was hot.  I try not to focus on loss – I really do.  My gratitude journal is becoming less and less, all my urchins are completed, my Jelly fish are made up, my closet is organized, and I even tried dating… I might have to take up exercising?!
What am I grateful for? You.  Everyone who has played a part in my life, glass career or not.  This year – the glass was amazing.  Vicki and I had so much fun getting ready for the garden shows: Kitty Coleman x Two, Nanoose Bay as well as the Filberg one last month.  We have met so many awesome people who have supported us since the beginning and that is a pretty good feeling.  So thank you!
And I am grateful for my parents that always ensure my crazy glass obsession happens – housing the hotshop and putting up with the “ridiculous” heat, turning off any electronics while Emma is running so we don’t lose power… finishing the pieces like gardens stakes, fixtures, and paying the gas bill.  I don’t know why they do so much but I do feel pretty blessed.

 

Loop this

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.

Lucille Ball

My Dad always says being married to Vicki is like being married to Lucille Ball… because you never know what she’s going to get up to and into.  If you know Vicki – she is always trying something new, creating the trend, and coming up with something you’d never think of on your own.
Her last creation lives up to her reputation – candle holders… she has spent months mastering the technique, fine tuning it, experimenting, (in my side of the shop too) only to come up with these beauties.