Summer when you are an Artist

I love summer. I daydream about it when February gloom has been hanging around for most of the month. Winter is a fine time to burrow in, and dream of gardens, sunshine and the buzz of cicadas in the drowsy noonday heat.

As a glass artist, summer is practically a shill when it comes to inspiration. Trips to the coast, bright sunlight making things glimmer, the abundance of animals and life, the ripe fruits bursting with taste at the farmer’s market…the list can go on for some time.

Summer also means no school….and that does dig into studio time. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the extra time with my kid. When it comes to childhood, the days can be long but the years are short. I am happy to give up the studio time in the summer, even if it makes fall a bit of a crush.

Portland Open Studios in October, a solo show at a local gallery in November, plus just trying to find time to work on my jewelry skills…. it is kind of dizzying.

This week is the holidays for me! I’m working on creating versions of ideas that a company is interested in, so it’s icicles and ornaments for me later in the week. I have a bunch of swizzle sticks in the kiln right now, or I’d be sitting in front of the torch instead of this computer.

And hummingbirds. I found a lovely tutorial on hummingbirds and have been playing with them, trying out different color ideas and sizes. I see them often in my backyard and making them in glass is an intriguing idea.

Maybe this little guy will bring in the real ones to my fountain in the backyard.
Maybe this little guy will bring in the real ones to my fountain in the backyard.

 

Yes, Wednesday will be a day of borosilicate glass, and early, as it’s slated to be in the 90’s by the afternoon. I have a small heater in my glass studio, but no AC. Once I drop the kiddo off at summer camp for the day, it’s going to be glass, glass, glass until I can’t stand the heat anymore.

 

Well, I can’t make glass today, but I can work with silver, so I had best get to that while the time is available….even in the depth of summer.

 

Asymmetrical Ring

Asymmetrical Ring
Asymmetrical Ring – glass, Sterling silver, silver leaf

 

One of those pieces that ends up being mine. It’s rare, but sometimes there’s technical things that make me feel like it’s a piece not to be released into the wild. I may change my mind, but for now, it is a piece of summer on my right pointer finger. It reminds me of the seashore sands, and the ocean water out at the Oregon coast, where I am spending a lot of time this summer!

 

Boro and Silver Necklace

Boro Swirl Necklace
Boro Swirl Necklace – Borosilicate Glass, sterling silver.

 

A fun one, quirky, with a learning curve. I’m experimenting with textures!

Boro glass is so gorgeous and creates layers and swirls of color like no other glass. I just got myself a more powerful oxygen supply to my torch, and I am looking forward to seeing what I can do with boro glass with that extra power!