Today was my first day back in the hotshop since covid started. It is amazing how rejuvenating something so hot and physically tiring can be! I didn’t go in with any goals except to explore, play, have fun and see what happens. Muscle memory is an amazing thing and I was pleased to see that after a year it all comes back. While I didn’t save much, I worked in clear glass mainly and got back into the swing of things. I also played around with my stamps a lot. I hardly spoke and was in my head problem solving and seeing what I could do, then improve on or try a different way. It was just what I needed! Heading back next week.
It has been so long since I have been into the hotshop or had an exhibit. I recently purchased equipment with my MN State Arts Board grant so I can get back in the hotshop and this month I am part of an exhibit with pieces I already have made at Vandalia Glassworks in South St Paul.
The show is called Color Me Crazy! And I can’t think of a better title for an exhibit of my work. With my colorful patterned beadwork and brightly patterned blown bases, this show was made for me!
In the area? Stop by to see socially distanced glass blowing demos from several artists and a chance to chat in person, masked of course. Saturday April 24 Noon-5pm
I wanted to share that I was notified this week that I received a MN state arts board creative support grant. It will provide me with funds to purchase hotshop rental time and glass blowing tools and equipment and I will be providing some virtual guest artist visits to schools, virtual mindfulness classes with some mental health groups helping women and adolescents and creating promotional videos for my work on social media, in addition to creating my glass sculptures and mixed media work. I am excited and honored.
In this piece I tried to capture the conflicting emotions of staying at home during Covid-19: Feelings of joy at spending more time with family, playing games, etc contrasted with feeling like you get no time to yourself; feeling happy to have so much time to create art or read and feeling bored at times; enjoying having time to cook delicious homemade meals yet being sick of all the dishes or even cooking some times; feeling safe at home but anxious, stressed or sad because of the pandemic. It is a rollercoaster!
My process: After having the idea/inspiration for this piece, I found a shallow box to paint and added a roof. I cut the silouette to fit into the box. Next I selected several colors of patterned scrap book paper that complimented the silouette. I thought about and typed words in colors to match the papers, cut strips of paper and words and glued them together, then curled the paper into ringlets. It was fun to arrange the curls thinking about the colors, patterns, words and placement around the face.
I have my students and teaching to thank for the piece, “Stay at Home.” I have been teaching elementary and adult art classes online and while I talked to them about their work, I would work on a piece myself to keep my hands busy (pictured above). One great thing about being both a practicing artist and a teacher is that both help you improve the other. When I teach I get inspired to do art myself or to try something new and when I create I gain new understandings and new ideas for art lessons. They go hand in hand, each helping me grow and improve at the other.