Thursday, March 29, 2012

Making Marks in Vegas

Today I was honored to assist my friend Gail in the Making Your Mark class at the Glass Craft Expo in Las Vegas. I met lots of new people and had fun watching them get excited about new techniques.

Tomorrow, I'm a student and get to learn about casting from Lisa Vogt. I can't wait! But first, dinner with the girls tonight before Mr. Tabby arrives.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Marjorie Simon

This weekend, I've been taking a class from Marjorie Simon at Wired Designs. We are torch enameling on metal. So much color!

Marjorie has been a fantastic teacher. I have learned so much about enameling and jewelry design. And, we still have one more day to go!

Below are some of my pieces in progress along with one of Marjorie doing a demo.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Arts in Bulverde

This weekend, I spent some time in downtown Bulverde with my BAAC buddies. We met at the gallery for some painting time. I took pictures along our walk of the quaint downtown area. Then we settled under an oak tree to paint. Good friends and art - what a way to spend the day!
Below are some of my shots from the day.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pear Blossoms

It is pear blossom time. They are they first to bloom in the spring. It looks like this will be a banner crop this year - provided that we get a decent amount of rain. Everything was so pathetic last year between the artic freeze and the drought. This winter was mild and we have been getting a decent amount of rain. Things are looking up!


Pears? Did you say pears? We looove pears...

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Vitrigraph Success!

I was finally able to get my new vitrigraph kiln fired up and working. First I needed the appopriate electrical, then it was hot (our summers are hot!), then my knee broke, then I needed the right shelf...

But now, thanks to wonderful weather and a little advice from my friends at Wired Designs, I am up and running. Now, I need to get busy before it gets too hot again!

Above is the vitrigraph set up over in Tangerine Tabby Studio East (aka the garage). The little kiln heats a pot full of glass. The kiln has a hole in the bottom so the molten glass flows out. The bucket is there to catch all the cool glass.

The result - lots of cool glass squiggles to use in my art work.

This weekend was a full weekend - Picked up my glass order (a Jeep full!), all three kilns going. Daughter practicing flameworked beads. Two dozen candles made. Whew! Back to work tomorrow to rest!

I hope you had a great weekend too!