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.
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!
In case you didn’t know, it snowed today. What a beautiful site from inside my cozy warm home. It is starting to feel like Christmas… winter has officially arrived and I am craving short bread.
We do have some things left from our shows, Tidal Balls, a few Jelly Fish, Sea Stars, a couple Driftlines, etc. Vicki and I do work full time but that doesn’t mean we won’t try and accommodate those special requests of already made glass art. Just shoot one of us an email or msg us on Facebook. We are usually pretty quick to reply! If you’re in the Bowser area, the Salish Sea Market has quite an array of blown works available for sale too!
I am excited and proud to say that some of my blown works is on display and available for purchase in Bowser, BC at the Salish Sea Market.
Its a beautiful art gallery made up of many Vancouver Island artists featuring jewellery, carvings, pottery, glass, and metal. If you are in that area – it is a must to stop in and browse. Give yourself some time as there is lots to see!
My holidays are fast approaching and this girl is going to turn the furnace on. I’ve got the usual line up of what I want to complete such as more Tidal Balls because the last two shows were amazing! And some custom jelly fish for a custom ordered chandelier – super excited about that one. Of course some sandcastings – who wouldn’t?! Annnnd I want to try some new ideas regarding perfume bottles, sea urchins, and barnacles. Stay tuned!
I will be in the studio July 30 – Aug 3! For as long as I can stand the heat.