I love how loved we are – and trying to find a balance between my work life and glass life so that I can continue to share with you all!
I have posted on our website the days the studio will be open for you to drop in – and will continue to post this way as well as setting appointments via email(Toni OR Vicki). Eeeek so exciting! Again, gratitude is in our hearts – we love making! Living the dream!
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.
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.
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.
TLG just celebrated its 14th year! What an adventure, the knowledge we have gained, and still the knowledge we seek is awesome. Glass is where its at there is no two ways about it!
To celebrate Vicki and I spent the day together in the hot shop casting. We got out the ol’ sand box, got our hands dirty and we played. We laughed, bounced ideas off each other and had a fantastic day creating.
We have some applications out for the summer shows – we are crossing our fingers and soon as we hear back we will let you know because! We have some new ideas and you’re going to want to see them!
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 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.
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!
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!