Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Glass Fusing: Draped Vase or Candleholder

 The Fused Glass piece that I made used clear glass, reactive off-white glass, turquoise and blue glass. I used simple shapes with the colored glass and an octagon shape for the piece. It was fused and then draped over a metal mold which created folds of glass
And here it is with a candle inside. I think it's a fun, abstract shaped vase or candleholder.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Glass Fusing: Coaster

 I created this simple glass coaster using two plates of pink, clear glass and some stringers. I used two layers to create more weight than a single one, and rounded the corners.
The glass was only lightly fused, which I don't like. You can see how the layers are obvious, here in this fused photo. I think longer in the kiln would have created a more unified look. This is the first project where the before and after photo look identical. I did add four rubber feet to the coaster, so it wouldn't scratch my counter. I'm disappointed in this one.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Glass Fusing: Dichroic Nightlight

The dichroic nightlight was designed in an abstract fashion with some dichroic glass triangles, some beautifully colored blues and greens and some black shards.
The fused and slumped result combines nice contrast between the clear glass and the colors. I like how it introduced texture as well.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Glass Fusing: Pine Dish

The pine dish was a simple design using green, red, and yellow stringers. I placed them all around and tried to get them to resemble a pine branch.
Once fused, the glass too the shape of a dish.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Glass Fusing: Blue Asymmetrical Nightlight

 The blue glass nightlight is a fun one that I quickly assembled. The overall shape is organic, just a blob, really. I added layers of more blue glass shards on top as well as lots of clear to give it texture and movement.
The glass was fused and slumped into a fun shape. I love the colors.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Glass Fusing: Red Swirl Nightlight

 Here's another nightlight. This one uses a puzzle technique that is more complex than it looks. The bottom plate is slightly larger than the top plate. I chose a yellow clear glass for the bottom plate and a beautiful red/orange/ white swirl glass for the top plate. The top plate is cut into a fun design - a puzzle shape- that when spread apart, allows the underlying plate to come through.
I really like this design and how is glows.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Blessings


“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
Robert Brault
 My daughters and I started doing a circle journal in 2017. We each get the book for a few weeks, add something to the theme, and send it to the next person. We've done one cycle and now it's my turn again. It's a way to keep in touch with them, doing art, like we used to do when they were young kids.
 I found some new gel pens and tore them out of the package. When they fell on the blanket, I loved how colorful they looked, so I arranged them in a fun way and snapped a pic. It makes me happy.
Our tennis team had a small celebration for our late captain, the lovely Linda. One of my teammates gave each of us a yellow rose in honor of Linda. It was so thoughtful.
 As a team, we also decided to get something we can keep in our tennis bags to remind us of Linda. I ordered some embroidered towels with Linda's initial and a racquet.
 Due to the unseasonably warm weather, experts are predicting a shortage of maple syrup this season, so I stocked up.
 My crazy daughters and their crazy friends are continuing with their weekly Polar Plunge in the Boston water. OMG. This picture was from February 26th!
My tennis was a roller coaster of play this week. Three tough matches, lots of emotions on the court, and lots of pressure. Tennis is about staying focused when it's darn near impossible and this week was no exception.
Our tennis pro (and my friend) had a Ladies Social Round Robin on Friday. Over 28 women attended and it was so much fun!