Monday, May 25, 2009

Something You Should See

Long time no post, I know! I've been kinda busy with different things.. moving stuff from one gallery to another, taking photos for jury submission, making beads for my upcoming show in Cincinnati, catching up with old friends on FaceBook, puppy sitting, etc.

This post is particularly dedicated to my non-lampworking friends. Of the many thousands of glass artists in the world today, there are only a few who have become "household names" and one of those is Paul Stankard. He specializes in very realistic botanical paperweights. He rarely teaches, but the Toledo Museum of Art recently sponsored a class with Paul and a couple of my former instructors - Tink Martin and Karin Wilcox - attended. Last I checked, there were a few of his pieces on display in the glass gallery at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. I have to tell you that seeing his works in person nearly brought me to tears and that's not an easy feat. Please do yourself a favor and click here to see more beautiful works by Paul.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

A New Bead

Here is a bead I made the other day that was inspired by a sweet and very talented friend from Germany, Manuela Wutschke. It incorporates opaque orange shards, pink glass and enamels, and thin, black stringer.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

"Jiminy Cricket!"

I've been hemming and hawning about buying one of these little guys for quite a while. At $139 I just couldn't resist any longer. It's a Cricket, the smallest and newest torch in the line of torches offered by Glass Torch Technologies. This little guy should allow me a wide variation of heat options depending on my settings - ultimately enabling me to step up to small borosilicate beads with no problem. I can't wait to try it out.

If you've had any experiece with a cricket, please leave a comment!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Bead and Jewelry Month at ArtWorks Gallery

During the month of May I am a featured guest artist at ArtWorks, a lovely gallery in Muncie, IN. Some of my very best beads and jewelry pieces are already there. On Thursday, May 7, I will be there at 5:00 PM for a reception as part of Muncie's "First Tursdays Art Walk."

I'm very proud to be associated with the artist-owned ArtWorks Gallery of Indiana Artists. There are some very talented Hoosier artists represented there, so check it out!

301 S. Walnut St. Suite 101
Muncie IN 47305