What’s the buzz?

I am excited to announce that you can see me working live at the MN State Fair this Sunday August 29. I am one of twelve artists invited to be a part of Studio: Here at the Minnesota State Fair.  Studio: Here is in it’s ninth year with the goal of giving the public a behind the scenes look at how artists create their artwork. Each artist has one twelve hour day to share their process at the fair.  I will be working this Sunday August 29 9am-9pm in the Fine Arts Building Studio: Here space. It is such an honor for me to be a part of the fair and last night’s preview night felt a little surreal. In MN the fine arts exhibit at the state fair is a really big deal and the MN State Fair is one of the largest state fairs in the country, so my head is spinning.

On Sunday 29 I will be doing live flame-working demos throughout the day, intermixed with occasional interviews and work on my sculpture pieces and jewelry. I am excited to get to share my process with everyone and I will also have work for sale at the state fair in the marketplace. Botanical Fantasies (pictured above) is also on exhibit at the fair at the Fine Arts Building in the Studio: Here gallery.

I have the bees’ approval! My recent work has focused on the symbiotic relationship between humans and bees. Inspired by a bee that kept photo bombing (above left) when I was taking pictures of my piece, Botanical Fantasies, I began researching bees and hives. I have always been amazed at the architectural beauty and stability of bee hives. I have enjoyed exploring a variety of methods of using glass to create bee hives, honey drippers, honey pots and vases to remind us of the importance of these small creatures to our own lives. We need to take care of them, because they help feed us. Our lives depend on them and their lives depend on us!

My work, including honey pots, honey drippers, jewelry, sculptures, vases and more, are available for purchase through Vandalia Glassworks (https://vandaliaglassworks.com/collections/all1?gf_260331=April%20Malphurs) where I work on my blown glass pieces, at the fair at the FOCI booth in the marketplace or by commission at aprilmalphurs.com

I hope to see you at the fair!

Honored

I am so excited to be a part of this great honor of being one of 12 artists selected for Studio: HERE at the MN State Fair. Not only willI I have a sculpture on display throughout the fair, I will have one whole day to work live in the Studio: HERE space at the fair so people can see my process. Be sure to come by and see me! I will announce my day soon! 🎉

Refraction: capturing joy through glass

This is your last week to view my exhibit at the Hopkins Center for the Arts http://www.hopkinsartscenter.com. Stop by to view their beautiful space full of windows perfect for showing off glass artwork. I love the way the sunlight shines through my pieces. While you are there also check out the installation work by Fawzia Khan – it is a powerful look at women – Becoming Visible!

I smell terrible, but I feel fantastic!

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.