A couple of great things happened this week. First I took some of my cellular themed glass works to Norfolk, and four of them are now on display at the Glass Wheel Studio near the Chrysler Museum. I’ve been trying to move from art fairs to gallery exhibits, and this is an exciting opportunity. The other neat thing is that I just received a book, entitled “Glass Art Today 2″ that has a section with my art featured (even an image on the back cover). I had totally forgotten that I applied for it a couple of years ago and never heard anything more about it.
In May Pleiades Gallery celebrates the Art of Cool Jazz Festival in Durham with a jazz inspired exhibit called, Abstract Truth, after the album by Oliver Nelson. Here is my most recent art piece made for the exhibit.
This week marks the end of my art glass exhibits (except ongoing at Pleiades Gallery in Durham). Finally, my new kiln shelf arrived and needs to be cut to fit the kiln, and I made a trip to IKEA to purchase new picture frames for some fused glass powder prints I’m planning to create. All of a sudden I realize it’s December, and I need a lot of small Christmas presents for friends and family. Back to the studio to make some ornaments!
I’m in the middle of packing my car, and it fits together like a puzzle. This weekend (Nov 6-8) is the Carolina Artists Craft Market at the Raleigh Convention Center. Hope to see you there at booth A6. My booth is going to be a little different this year as I am showing a lot of wall pieces including new powder prints and fun mixed media pieces this year.
On Saturday, Nov. 21 I will have an open studio event from 10am to 4pm. Email me for directions. I love to show people how I create my fused glass art. I will have a selection of fused glass dichroic jewelry that I don’t show at other places.
Here are a few of my new pieces that really look better in person.
In September I participated in a fantastic artists retreat in Lybster, Scotland at North Lands Glass. The group leaders, Jane Bruce and Kirstie Rea, were really wonderful, taking us to amazing places (cairns, old castles, a wind farm, coastal promontories, etc), leading great discussions, and suggesting interesting exercises. The other artists, who were from around the globe, shared their work and processes openly, and we all became new friends. And we had unusually fabulous weather too.
Now I’m trying to get back into my routine and make a little art too. I’m still working on finishing up my big generational hands project. Here are the individual ones that I have finally finished. The “Hand of Time” is gnarled and bent, asking the time, forgetting the time, wearing purple, becoming purple, always clasping a handkerchief. The “I can still play” hand is aged and gray, but still agile and strong, dreams of baseball, in another time.
When I returned from Penland, I brought home 4 molds of hands that I hoped to cast in my kiln. However, they were all too tall for my kilns. So last week I rented the big kiln at Carolina Stained Glass and cast all four. Now I’m cold working and cleaning them and figuring how I will present them. Over the past few weeks I have also finished a fun science themed commission I call, “Essence of Man” shown here.
In addition, I just finished a piece for the next exhibit called “Truth to Power” at Pleiades Gallery. It will be hung this week with a reception on Friday, August 21 from 6-9pm.
I’m back from two wonderful weeks at Penland School of Craft taking Richard Whiteley’s class on glass casting. It was a fantastic class, and I hope to make Penland classes an annual event. I was able to cast two hands in glass, and I brought back 4 more molds that I’m hoping to cast in glass soon. As Richard said, it’s all in the presentation, and I’ll be working on that for a while.
I also just finished a controlled flow piece I call “Canyon” that will go into a new UNC hospital in Hillsborough that will open in September. They decided to decorate the walls and spaces with art from local artists, which I really appreciate.
In addition, I will be joining Pleiades Gallery in Durham next week. I really look forward to becoming part of this artist group.
I’m preparing all my things to take to Penland next weekend. I’m hoping to make glass casts of 4 generations of hands, and I have made the wax models and just finished cleaning them up. I’ve also got the glass I want to use and cut pieces to size. This session at Penland will have all Aussie instructors. It’s going to be great fun.
I’m just getting the glass mobile unloaded from my two weekends of art fairs in Rockville, MD and Raleigh, NC. The weather was fantastic at both shows, and both were fun (a few of my works found new homes too). Now I’m looking forward to two weeks of glass casting bliss at Penland in June, and then I will be joining the wonderful Pleiades Gallery in downtown Durham at 5-Points beginning July 1. The artists and artworks there are amazing, and I’m very excited about exhibiting there and becoming part of it.