Great news - my Tree of Life panel will be shown at the Endless Possibilities in Glass exhibit. The exhibit will take place November 3 - December 18th at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, MD.
The exhibit will be featuring works of the National Capital Art Glass Guild artists who are all extremely talented and inventive people. I can't wait to see all the pieces - I will definitely take lots of photos and report on what I have seen here.
I wanted to play with fusing copper foil between two sheets of glass, so I made some soy sauce dishes. I cut out fish shapes from a sheet of copper foil, and burnished on the eyes and the scales. Then I added waves using scalloped copper foil I use for stained glass. Fused and slumped slowly and - voila - very few bubbles! I am very pleased with the end result :)
After a few futile attempts to draw a sketch of a a smiling shark I gave up. I decided to concentrate on the most famous part of shark anatomy - the teeth. Since making teeth for a 5 x 5 inch shark in Tiffany technique would have been pure insanity, I decided to take advantage of my kiln and fuse the white glass teeth onto a blood-red shark mouth. The result - a perfect set of shark dentures!
You probably would not want this night light in a nursery, but I'd say it could make a perfect dude gift.
A couple of weeks ago we went to Chicago and Detroit to visit our friends and family. We were going to stay at our friends' place and I had to come up with a hostess gift, a real gift, that would go along with the customary bottle of wine. I decided to make a platter and a set of coasters they could use rather than give someting store-bought.
I picked three kinds of red glass: an opaque, a transparent, and a textured streaky one, and put them into a checkered pattern for the coasters. Then I made a platter in the same pattern adding stripes of clear glass to make it look lighter. I liked the end result, and so did my kids and, most important, my friends I gave this set to.