I knew better, but it was after the start of firing when I realized what was going to happen to this piece. I fused these colors on a small, sample piece last year and loved how it looked, so I decided to duplicate it on a 16" round blank to slump in a bowl mold. The frit was layered between two clear pieces of glass and the frit was too thick and the air bubbles got trapped in between the layers. Even though I used the 3 layer firing schedule, there were other things I could have done to prevent these air bubbles. Back to the drawing board.
Soon my studio will reopen 4263 Bonita Beach Rd. in Bonita Springs. It was uncertain if the studio would reopen this year at all, but the desire to create and design all the wonderful ideas I have in my head, convinced me it just had to happen. This year, the emphasis will be on lighting and Colorado art. My daughters live and work in Colorado and when I made my first daughter the mountain mirror, she assured me there was a market for my work. Feel free to come by and see the new creations.
Speaking in most basic economic terms, high demand and shortage of supply creates high prices for artworks. Did you know a lock of David Bowie's hair sold for $18,750 at auction? Seriously? Glasswork is valued on shortage of supply as well. Usually, pieces are one of a kind, unique and labor intensive. You will not go to Walmart and pick fine art off of a shelf. If you like it, it has value.
Custom tiles can be fired in all shapes and colors. These were 1" square, used for a 48 X 36 inch mirror. For wall applications, such as a kitchen backsplash. Tiles are adhered to 12" X 12" meshed backing for ease of installation.
Though it's not feeling much like summer yet, warm, sunny days are soon to come. Contact me if your interested in River & Lake inspired glass art. Custom pieces are always an option.
This is the time of year I start thinking about the St. Lawrence River, 1000 Islands in Upstate NY. I'm blessed to own a home there, where I work during the summer months. Freighters are a regular site traveling up and down the Seaway.
Freighter Relish Dish
The diamond shape terrarium was one of the hardest to manipulate but stunning when it was done. These can be planted with live plants, but if the soil is saturated, they do have a tendency to leak. I prefer to plant succulents, where they don't require much watering and a spray bottle to moisten the soil would be more than enough.
2017 will be very exciting for my glass enthusiasts . Lots of unique projects are underway. For my Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River friends, you'll be seeing freighter plates of all sizes and shapes. Available for sale on the St. Lawrence and on this website. Coming soon!