Sending off babies

This fall I am sending my youngest off to college and I am sending off sculptures to new homes. With both a little piece of my heart will stay with them as they move onto their new life stage. With both doing the job successfully means parting and stepping back with pride. I was fortunate to get to meet the new owners of each sculpture this week and they are so excited to welcome them into their homes. Cheers to a good life and loving home!

Honeycomb delivered to its new home today. Botanical Fantasies will go to its new home after the MN State Fair ends.

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!

Color Me Crazy

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

Mystery

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.

Glass Creation Video

Sharing this video at my opening reception to help people understand a little more about how flame worked glass beads and blown glass are created.  The video shows clips of me making beads, adding a color bit, doing a bit wrap, raking glass to create a feathered effect, and hand drawing on glass.  Additionally photos of finished pieces show how the work turns out in the end.