Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Production (Again!)

Now that the holiday season touring has ended, I am back to work.  One good thing about the show tour is you get exposed to alot of new ideas.  I am always careful not to duplicate another's work, but drawing and combining ideas to create something innovative and beautiful is what crafting is all about.

This first is a bevel mobile with an inner and outer diamond that rotates about an amethyst pendant jewel.  It can be placed as a 2-D piece in the window, or hung as a 3-D glass mobile near a light source.  I plan to make several of these using different stone pendants (rose quartz, citrine, flourite, etc...)

The second is a glass flower press with an amethyst jewel accent.  The flowers are red roses and lavender from my garden.  I finished ii in rope chain and copper patina and can also be hung flat or as a mobile.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Songbirds in the Peach Orchard

I am finally ready for patina and wax.  This is an example of big things come in small packages.  Although it is only 12"x18", there are over 125 pieces, 150 yds of copper foil and 2 lbs of solder.  It took four days of cutting, 3 days foiling and 2 1/2 days soldering to get it to this point.  Needless to say, I am pooped out. It is a steal for who ever buys it. 

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Amesthyst Rose

The rose panel is nearly complete. It will ultimately be bound is an 1" oak frame.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Patterns from Real Life

The picture above was taken by my sister's family and has always defined her--her avatar if you will.  She has allowed me to try and translate it into a future glass piece.  I have drawn it out in Glass Eye 2000 below it.  Please note that the actual daisy will be done in the new GST lazy-susan bevel cluster but I drew it in for scale and color.  Most of the glass selected will be either Kokomo or Armstrong glass in wispy or opalescence.  The sky will be done in blue and white baroque for texture and contrast to the elements of the earth.  I can't wait to get started on it--I have been waiting for the chance to use Kokomo glass.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Under Construction...

All but the polishing and cleaning is done.  This is a "for sale" piece that I hope to sell at the Art Center Arts and Crafts Fair in November...And yes, I love raptors...

Monday, September 14, 2009


An example of three mini-panels linked by chain.  There are a total of 21 glass bevels with yellow/blue streaked Armstrong glass framing the 4x6 ovals. Prettiest streaked glass I have ever worked with.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Mosaic Nick-Knacks

I love doing glass mosaics even though they are tedious and labor intensive.  This is a glass-on-glass mosaic that can serve as a candleholder or a coaster.  I hope to do a series of them in a holiday theme.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Getting Ready

I constructed these three light catchers as submittals for the upcoming Grand Junction Art Center Arts and Crafts Fair.  Application deadline is September 19th for an early October review and  judging of the applications.  If selected, I will be able to sell my work in late November at the fair.  I will also submit examples of my panels as I plan to do at least 2 new panels for the show.  I plan to focus on these smaller glass examples, however, because they are most likely to sell well at a holiday craft fair.  I am crossing my fingers that I get selected to show!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Prey in the Moonlight

Prey in the Moonlight now hangs in the sun porch. The piece is bordered in glass bevel and zinc came. It can be seen from the front street (a bit of free advertising). This was by far the most labor intensive piece to date. My hands are still cut and aching.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mosaic Table

The mosaic table is grouted and sealed. I am happy with the results.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Musical Window

Musical Window
is complete. Total time from start to finish (design, glass selection, cutting, leading, cementing, polishing, framing and hanging)--three to four weeks. A myriad of color is cast on the walls in the room in the afternoon. Lovely; simply lovely. The client picked out the ebony stain for the 2" oak frame which really makes the colors pop.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


The Grapevines transom is now complete and in place. It is shown with its cousin, Palisade Peaches, in the door. They are kissing cousins--very similar in color and theme but different enough for visual interest.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Dragonflies at Sunrise

This is an 18" octagonal piece done in reverse--semi-opaque glass filling the background with clear glass defining the elements. The background is meant to resemble the dappled red/blue sky at sunrise as it intermingles with the greens of the garden. I used beveled glass for the tulip and the dragonflies to make them "pop". This is a birthday piece for a family member.

Tulips in Glass

This is a 9"x28" piece that I did for my mom for Mother's Day. I hope it brightens her room at the Forum.
Entwined Hearts

An early piece to reacquaint myself with the craft. I completed this at a workshop several months ago.