Chamomile Tea and bamboo leggings

Casted glass over a scallop shell for a beach memory piece

I was thinking about my life in general – I seem to be going through a transition, a cross roads if you will with my personal life, career, and school and was looking forward to this vacation time to clear my head.  Sweat it out was my attitude.  Answers come to me when I am in the hotshop, the heat, the music, the noise of the tools and the fan – some people jog – I blow.  I felt I needed this time and was looking forward to it.
Sunday I found the glass difficult to work with only because I have been charging the furnace with recycled glass making it blue and chordy which is not easy to work with.  I solved the issue by just shutting the glory hole off and casting for the afternoon – and what a nice time that was.  I cannot wait to complete the beach memory pieces – I actually planned another day to cast later on this week.  Emmma had other plans.
Yesterday I had a wonderful time in the hotshop, I had charged the furnace and blowing was a breeze.  I broke out some new color and did my thing.  Tried a few new ideas, sang to my latest playlist and turned my mind off to everything I couldn’t control.  And then – my hair caught fire when a “chunk” of glass hit the side of my head, exploded and stuck to my hair.  Thank God for safety glasses.  The smell reminded me of my science class with Mr. Check… but I still don’t know what the experiment was for! Regardless – it’s just hair and it was time for a change anyway and the burns down my shirt will heal with a little lavender oil.  I still classified my blow slot as a productive and therapeutic session!
Today I turned on everything and had a cup of coffee with my mom while I waited for things to heat up, we were talking about life and I think at that moment the universe must have finally been listening to me because with attitude I said “I don’t care, I don’t even like glass”… I lied universe! I lied!  Of course I like glass – hell I love glass.  It’s just funny how lately my words are taken so literal and leaves me disappointed, hurt and let down.  When I went out to the hotshop, I turned on the tunes to my latest anthem Committed by Ivory Layne, put on my ratty gross kevlar sleeve I’ve had since college, prepped my new blue lagoon color (my fav) and pulled out my favorite hot pipe from the pipe warmer.  I was ready to kick ass, art it up, and feel normal for a few hours.  When I tried the furnace door, it wouldn’t budge – my heart sank and I knew instantly, the tears welled, and suddenly my sucky life just got worse – Emma’s temp was down to 1730 degrees fahrenheit.  The glass was too cold.  I forced the door open to discover her bottom element broken.  There was nothing I could do but cry and well ignore the boot print on the front of Emma.
So now what? I can’t jog I have asthma (I don’t).
Is the universe out to get me? OR worse ignore me? Did the universe block me or ghost me? I am a logical and reasonable thinker, but one has to wonder after a while.
I’ll just sit here with my chamomile tea and come up with another plan.  We will work through this and past this – as mad and heartbroken as I am at Emma I still love her.

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!

Spring has Sprung!

Happy April! We made it through the cold winter with so much (now I can admit) beautiful snow! I love spring – everything is revived, fresh, and colorful! Who wouldn’t love spring?!
I blew a little glass back in February – worked a lot on the sea urchins and even some garden art pieces.
Unfortunately I hurt myself in the hotshop – shoulder injury that put me in a sling and light duty for what felt like eternity.  Anyway – the shoulder has improved and I am able to complete the urchins – some are hanging because who wouldn’t like a hanging sea urchin and some aren’t.  Some are extra large too – because I was in the experimenting mood and that is what I came up with.  Stay tuned on that one because there is more to it.

Save the date! June 24 & 25 is the Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden show and guess who will be there! That is right! Vicki & I will be present!

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!