Summer seems to be here already with temperatures over 90 in mid-May. What can we expect now for real summer? At least for a while, I am spending my studio time creating fused glass powder prints. They don’t heat up the space as much as longer fusing schedules. Here are some images from a piece that I hope is in the kiln for it’s final fuse. The first fuse is the mountain, sky and lake on a white background. Then I printed spring flowers on clear glass (second image). The final step is to fuse this onto the background. I used clear glass powder between the layers to eliminate (hopefully) bubbles that occur between the layers. Now the anticipation! More about this technique is in my new MENU category on Techniques.
Mountain Spring first fuse
Mountain foreground print
Mountain printed layers ready to fuse
I’m not in a jokey mood, and I know it will be better in 7 months and 6 days. But I won’t go there today. The best I can do is my new funny little piece called, “Racing for fried burgers with Boom-Boom sauce”. I hear it’s a real order at a local restaurant.
Racing for burgers with boom-boom sauce
Tomorrow is our new installation at Pleiades Gallery in Durham called Changing Worlds about the environment. My new piece for this show is called, “The Current Situation” about the Gulf Stream and its association with climate.
The Current Situation
I hope I’m moving forward with my art and not creating the same old thing as last year (thinking about Ground Hog Day, the movie)! I did work more on creating a variety of thin “holey” wafers and finished one project, called Phase Shifts, using them. I’m still working on some more “microbiological” reticulated/web-like or networked wafers. In the mean time, I also just finished a piece for the new themed show, “Electric Avenue”, opening next week at Pleiades Arts in Durham.
If I don’t get too much done creatively, it might be that I’m now on the Board of Directors of the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild working on the show committee, and I’m helping with the grants committee at Pleiades Arts. These are kind of daunting tasks for me, especially as I’d rather be playing in my studio.
Cell network detail experiment
As 2017 is winding down, I’m spending some time thinking about my future creative directions for my art. Ever since I did a fun and successful commission about microscopic networks last spring, I’ve been planning a project to create more of these networks. If I don’t get too side tracked, I think my next big body of work will follow this direction. Here are two of my first experiments.
Wafer network experiment
This week I’m cleaning up the studio and house and making another batch of my inexpensive fused glass jewelry, some with a new marble style created from some of my pattern bars. If you’re in middle NC, come see me on Saturday, Nov 18, 10-4 or Sunday, Nov 19, noon-4. I love to show people what I’m doing and how I do it. I also have 2 pieces in a November show on Landscapes and Seascapes at 311 W. Martin St. Gallery in Raleigh and several pieces in a new show at Pleiades Arts Gallery in Durham starting next week.
This week I helped install two new shows that will be on exhibit during October with a lot of my art pieces at Pleiades Art Gallery in Durham and at the Pittsboro Center for the Arts, where Bob Wade and I have a show of his wood and paintings along with my glass art. The 3rd Friday reception at Pleiades is Oct. 20th from 6-9pm, and the opening reception in Pittsboro is Saturday, Oct. 7 from 6-9pm. Here is a piece I just finished for the Durham show: It’s called Pscyclepathic Lizard. Pscyclepathic Lizard[/caption]
This summer has been a whirl-wind of travel and collecting photos and memories. Iceland was absolutely amazing, especially as I love geology. The skies!!! The water falls, volcanoes, glaciers, moon scapes!! I just culled my photos down to about 1600. Now what? So many natural patterns, thoughts of glass making. In the mean time we just installed a new exhibit at Pleiades Gallery in Durham, and our theme for this show is “Assemblage”. One of my new pieces for this show is “Twist of Fate – Love Locks based on inspiration from love locks I have seen on the Brooklyn Bridge, a foot bridge in Norfolk and other bridges around the world.
If you live near Durham, NC, visit Pleiades Gallery (3rd Friday reception) and/or come out to Jim-Gin Farm in Chatham County for “Come out and Play” art and sculpture show, Aug. 26-27, and the next 4 Saturdays in Sept.
Twist of Fate Love Locks
Travel time for me means taking and collecting photos and images, some for potential art ideas or inspiration, and taking a break from making, but always thinking art glass (It’s a passion and an obsession). Luckily, I just finished a new piece, entitled “Melting” for the Pleiades Gallery annual show, “Truth to Power” that will be installed the week after 4th of July. It’s a great, interesting, and always thought provoking art show.
While I have seen a marked deterioration of the seashore environment during my life, I seek out the beauty and favorite sites for expressing my art. I try not to think about the accumulating plastic, blackening of the sand and greening or muddying of the water, changes in seashore wind patterns, and large decline of fish populations that I have observed during my life. My postcards just arrived, and I am getting excited about presenting tidal visions from the point of view of an optimist.
My blueberries and peaches are flowering already. Are they going to make it this year? Durham’s last frost is typically mid-April. Aside from fruit worries and politics depression, I have been enjoying myself in my garage studio all winter. I will be having a solo exhibit at Pleiades Gallery in May, entitled, “Tidal Visions”, and I have finished more than half of the pieces for the show. In addition, we have a member group show opening this week titled “Water”, and I made the piece I have pictured here for that show. It is called “Great Salt Lake” and is based on a photo I took from a plane as it was landing in Salt Lake City.
Great Salt Lake