Happy 2020

Cheers to a new year of glass making! Looking back 2019 was a good year of glass making: Splash received 1st place at the Woman Made Mid-West Open in Chicago, Sweet Tooth sold within 10 min of the opening at Vandalia Glassworks while the person who first wanted to buy it missed out when thinking it over, Flame Thrower went to the MN State Fair with FOCI, Dance Your Glass Off at Corning with Laura Donefer helped me grow not only in skills and knowledge but in being confident and embracing my wild in my work, and I received a new McKnight grant from Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council to work on the glass pieces for Disappearing Girl: exploring the myths and realities of teen girls and mental health.

In 2020 I look forward to diving in on my glass sculptures and painting for Disappearing Girl, finishing the parts for a piece on the symbiotic relationship between us and nature, learning casting and sand blasting, enjoying exploring more with texture and color patterns and spending time with my family and friends. I wish everyone a life full of color, peace, love and joy in 2020 and beyond.

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Pink and orange feathered blank

I am so excited to be back to working on sculptures again. Late summer and early fall are times when I make functional pieces for holiday sales and while I appreciate the money they bring in, it is not where my heart lies. I created some blanks recently to blow out into parts for a four piece sculpture I am working on. Each of the 4 sculptures is compromised of several glass pieces combined together. I am working on the last two to complete the work. Here are some pictures of the blanks and some other pieces that will be combined. When I complete the whole piece I will do another post…until then enjoy the colors and textures. My heart is happy! Peace, love and joy to you this holiday season.

Candy shop

Remember that feeling of being a kid in a candy shop or if you are from S. MN visiting the candy barn for the first time? That is what it feels like when I get to order glass color! I absolutely love color! And having grant funds to buy color makes it feel like a free trip to the candy store. Looking at all these wonderful colors in bars, frit and cane…you just can’t help but get excited! Now I can’t wait for it to arrive!

Bees give stamp of approval!

To add a little humor, much needed I should add, into my day, several little bees kept photo bombing my pictures of my Botanical Fantasies sculpture. I guess I should take it as a compliment that they thought it was the real deal! Thanks for your approval, little friends.

I did manage to get a few good bee free shots, as well.