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    The Color of Purple

    Ah the end of summer!  While the rest of the country set record high temperatures, we had a very mild summer in the Northwest. The lavender fields are in full bloom. For some reason there is not a large variety of purple colors available in glass. I continue to mix and layer glass to obtain a rich, deep color of purple. That is one of the exciting elements of working with glass, the variety of options on achieving your desired outcome are endless. Now I’m off to the studio to experiment with the color of purple!


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    Big to Little Glass

    The options with glass are endless. Newly added to my line of fused glass are these colorful glass nail files. They last a lifetime and are very durable. I love the sparkle and bling of the dichroic glass decoration at the top!! A girl can never have enough bling!!

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    Garden of Glass

    A must see is the wonderful Chihuly installation, Garden of Glass. It’s located in Seattle at the base of the Space Needle – so no problem finding it. I coerced two of my friends visiting from out-of-state to go with me. They were not glass addicts, like me, and were not familiar with Chihuly. They are now!! All three of us were just mesmerized by the shapes, forms and color. The lighting flowing through the glass and reflecting on the walls and black reflective glass stands was magical. If you get a chance – go see this. It’s incredible!!

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    Studio Tour

    Thanks to all who visited my studio during last weekend’s San Juan Island Artists Studio Tour. I met so many wonderful new people and loved telling about the lampwork and fused glass processes. While most of the year I work alone in the studio creating designs that appeal to me, it is always rewarding to hear from others how they see my glass art.

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    Getting Organized!

    Ever feel overwhelmed by your work load? Well I have the past week. I’ve enjoyed all my educational experiences at Pilchuck and at Bullseye Glass in Portland. But now it’s time to get down to work and the backlog of orders that need to be taken care of!! So what do I do when I get overwhelmed by the work load? I get organized. This is a picture of the new shelves in the studio for my glass frit and powders. These jars were spread all over my work table, the floor, and on the window shelf. Ah, now I feel better!

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    Pilchuck’s Hot Shop

    Glass blowers from over 62 countries travel to Pilchuck to work in this open-walled “hot shop” with renowned glass artisans such as Lino Tagliapietra and Dante Marioni. While I was at Pilchuck this week I was serenaded by the roar of the furnaces in this energetic and rustic setting as they geared up for the summer season of artists teaching artists.

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    The Pilchuck Experience

    Ever had an experience that was so amazing that you had to pinch yourself afterwards just to make sure it wasn’t a dream? It was no dream….. it was Pilchuck!! I have had an incredible learning experience at Pilchuck Glass School. This innovative and comprehensive glass school was founded in 1971 by Dale Chihuly and patrons Anne & John Hauberg. Through the vision of world famous artist Dale Chihuly, artists and instructors from all over the world travel to this glass mecca of learning. More on Pilchuck to come…..

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    Tulip Time

    Spring – what a wonderful time of the year. My tulips are beginning to pop open and share their beauty. As I took this close up picture of this rich red tulip, I marveled at the paintbrush Mother Nature uses even on the detail inside this tulip. The scalloped black design with outlines of yellow on the inside, punctuated by the tall stamen. I’ve given up trying to copy Mother Nature’s artistry in glass. My goal now is to simply interpret with glass the beauty that surrounds me.

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    The Silversmith

    This is one of the working spaces of silversmiths I visited in Mexico. Their silver jewelry was magnificent. And I enjoyed even more seeing their work spaces. Like my own glass studio, I could see they had their favorite tools, and each work space was different and setup as the artist preferred. It’s a magical space where the mind and hands of the artist combine to create such beauty. It was a wonderful experience to visit these very talented silversmiths in Mexico. I am now incorporating their wonderful silver artistry with my glass beads.

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    Happy Easter

    This radiant art was a colorful back lighted wall of glass I found recently on a trip to Mexico. In addition to glass art, I was thrilled to visit with talented silversmiths. I was able to purchase wonderful artisan silver to be incorporated with my glass art into jewelry. Each of us has our own individual creative talents. I hope on this beautiful day you are able to enjoy yours!