2 weeks

About two weeks now until Portland Open Studios. Less than that, really. So office hours switch to all studio time, for the most part. The studio is halfway cleaned. This Friday a group of artists will come visit it. Since we, the artists who are a part of Portland Open Studios, don’t get to GO to Portland Open Studios, sometimes we do little mini tours ahead of...

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Gear Shift

Fall is on the way. Today it’s still sunny out, and should reach a high in the low 70’s, but nights are getting chilly, and it’s the time of year I can’t decide if I need to put one more blanket on the bed or just switch over to the comforter for the winter season. In Oregon, we often get some summer temperature weather into October, so usually I...

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The elusive amber glass.

I’ve sold several different colors of glass straws over the years. Yellow, pink, two greens, blue, lavender, black…and of course, colorless (clear). And… amber. It’s nothing really exciting to look at. It works well in summer color bundles, with green for a fall/U.S. Thanksgiving feel, or with black for a nice Halloween party bundle. I sometimes...

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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...

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It’s a 100% fail if you don’t try.

I’m doing something a little new with my focal beads, trying to evolve. Of course, this step makes things take longer, more detail. And I have no idea if it’s going to work, in the end. I’m impatient. Stuff is in the electroforming bath, but I hopefully will know by nightfall if I like it. Which doesn’t mean customers would. Going a new direction,...

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Faffing.

The kiln is slowly ramping up. I have some glass chocolates to make today, for an event happening in my town next week. I don’t usually make glass chocolates, so the variety will be fun. I am not sure how many I need to make I will just go until I burn out, I guess! There are other beads I want to make to work on some new ideas with focals. I am not sure I have time for...

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