Being a Light for The Ghostlight Project at The Public Theater

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It takes a long time for me to process momentous issues. I do not leap into action easily, and when I do it’s usually to jump to the wrong conclusions or put my foot where it does not belong. I’m over feeling guilty about not going to Saturday’s Womens March in Washington. I am not a large herd animal. I would be a liability. I would be the one suffering from a panic attack who has to be given oxygen and carried off in an ambulance from getting extreme claustrophobia standing shoulder to shoulder with a million people. I prefer to hide in my studio and throw clay around and pray for the safety and strength of my sisters on the front line doing the dirty work. Yes I am a coward in this regard.

But my small still voice told me to go to The Public Theater to Be A Light and participate in The Ghostlight Project.

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I downloaded my sign, printed it out and pondered what I am and what I fight for. In this regard I am an American Patriot, someone willing to defend their country. I really don’t want to fight. I’d rather work with, but for the purpose of this exercise I decided I’d fight for dialogue and compromise.

The way I see it, we as the great nation of The United States of America have steered off course and are headed for very dangerous waters. We’ve stopped listening to each other. We only surround ourselves with people who agree with us. We have no desire or energy to have a dialogue, find the common ground then work to arrive at it, i.e. compromise. These days we are all or nothing. We are no longer united. The only way we’re going to turn this ship around is to grab the wheel and pull together.

Call me a dreamer. Accuse me of hallucinating, but this is what the small still voice is telling me.

And that’s why I took my little sign and my flashlight and stood on the steps of the Public Theater, and sang a song and wiped my eyes and left my sign pinned to a board along with the hopes and dreams of strangers.

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And sang a song

And listened to a speech

And hung up my sign

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May Day May Day!!!! Peters Valley Open House and Studio Tours

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May Day can either mean May 1st,  a day to celebrate or  May Day May Day a distress signal.    Thankfully in my case it was a celebration, as in my line of work it could have gone either way.  Yesterday was the Open House and Studio Tours event at Peters Valley Craft Center and I was asked to fire the raku kiln as part of the festivities.

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Sharon Pflug-Moench (left) and I (right) doing the heavy lifting at the Peters Valley Raku kiln

 

Knowing my schedule would only permit me to make enough ware for 1 or 2 loads I reached out to teacher, potter, and good friend Sharon Pflug-Moench to make ware and join me in the effort.  She did not disappoint.  We had enough work between us for 6 loads, a full day of firing fun!

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Sharon aka Lucy and me, aka Ethel with the ware waiting to be fired

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Caught Instagramming- red handed!

Sharon and I are the clay version of Lucy and Ethel.  We’re soft-hearted tough cookies.  We work well together.  We get into scrapes.  We generate alot of laughs. To temper us and provide support were my husband Bill and her husband Paul- Ricky and Fred, although none of us could decide who was who of that pair.

True to form, like every other time I have raku fired at Peters Valley, it poured rain all day long.  You can set your watch to it.  You want rain?  Call me, I’ll either schedule an outdoor picnic or a raku fire at Peters Valley.  I’m so used to it I don’t think I’d know what to do if the sun was shining.

Joining us in the ceramic studio were director Bruce Dehnert, his wonderful wife Kulvinder Dhew, and fellow potters throwing on wheels, including Linda Garrabrandt of MudSlingers Pottery Works.

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Kulvinder Dhew arranging Bruce Denhert’s work for sale, while Linda Garrabrandt of MudSlingers Pottery Works throws clay in the background

Visitors came and went and pots went in and out of the kiln.

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Vases fresh from the kiln “steaming” until cool to the touch

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I was nervous about firing hot and fast in a kiln set up differently than my own, but it’s alittle like riding someone else’s horse:  the basics are the same I just had to learn its nuances and how to get along with it.  Everything worked out fine and the kiln saints and devils smiled upon us.  The pieces survived the firings, the glazes came out great and the humans came out of the experience unscathed, just filthy, tired and wet, but very very happy.

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In terms of kiln saints, I brought the heavy artillery: St Michael the Archangel, Pinocchio and the little devil who, if the sun were shining as he is solar powered, would be dancing a little jig

I had the good fortune to meet many people touring through the studios, show my work, eat a great meal from a food truck (fish tacos with the most divine fries!) and even get interviewed by a reporter at the NJ Herald.  Look at me, I wound up the lead article in their on line edition the following day!

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For my next Peters Valley trick I will be teaching the 3-day raku workshop Raku Rodeo the first weekend in June.  Get out your umbrellas and galoshes and come fire with me!

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Gallery Crawl: Quebec City, Musee des Beaux Artes

On our last day in Quebec City, thus fortified by our hotel, Le Vincent’s hearty breakfast, we set out by cab for the Musee National des Beaux Arts du Quebec (MNBAQ.) Note we set out to walk it the day before, but after riding straight up the funicular then hoofing up 310 steps we didn’t make it in time before closing, drat.

When I realized the museum housed only collections of native artists, my eyes rolled, uh oh. But I was pleasantly surprised by not only the quality of the art, but the exquisite manner in which each installation was curated and displayed. The building itself was very interesting and in no way detracted or distracted from the art, which seemed very at home within its walls.  Another aspect that impressed me was its accommodation to families with small children.  There were alot of people pushing strollers and little ones toddling around.  Once a city jail, part of the museum was comprised of small brick cells.  Several held attractions paralleling the exhibit within the same space:  The Art of the Miniature, showcasing Inuit art.  One  cell had faux skin rugs, another plush toy stones to form into cairns.  Another had a table and chairs.  There were little ones enjoying the main exhibits as well.  It lent a really fun atmosphere to the galleries.

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A little art appreciator checking out works by Alfred Pellen. She was so cute I had to take her picture (with Dad’s ok of course)

Besides works from contemporary artists and retrospectives, there was a gorgeous collection of indigenous art sculptures carved from stone, whale bone and walrus skull.

There were 3 retrospectives on view when I visited and I was extremely impressed in the way they were curated.  Not only were the exhibits arranged in a chronological and historical fashion as to evoke the creative development of each artist, but the exhibition spaces themselves and the manner in which certain works were displayed echoed each other.  I felt that I was completely immersed in the work of each artist as I trolled through the spaces.

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Take a look at how the space reflects this work by Jean Paul Lemieux

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The drama of this image at the beginning of an exhibition of the works of Jean-Paul Riopelle reflects the drama of his paintings

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The bold hanging of this massive work heightens its exquisite drama

Works of 2 other artists I absolutely enjoyed were by Alfred Pellan, The Wide Awake Dreamer and David Moore, aLomph aBram.

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aLomph aBram literally tucked up inside a turret accessible via a narrow spiral staircase

 

In addition to being impressed by the museum and its collections in situ, I am also impressed by their website and programs.  Check out the video suggesting how to view art as a family, and also their artwork rental program, CPOA.  My visit was one of the highlights of my stay in lovely Quebec City.  It was perhaps one of my favorite museum experiences that I’ve had recently.

Studio tour on the road: Quebec City, Verrerie Coquelicot, Jean Belanger, artiste verrier

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Jean Belanger, artiste verrier in front of one of his large and impressive glass wall pieces

When traveling I never know where my feet will lead me, but so far it’s always been always to the best places. Especially when in foreign lands I send up a little prayer as I embark on my journeys to be guided by angels to places I need to see and people I need to meet. My short weekend trip to Quebec City was no exception, for it is where I walked through the door of an artist’s shop and met artiste and verrier, Jean Belanger.

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Some of Jean’s work on offer in his lovely shop, fused glass, stained glass, blown and slumped glass objects

To regard Mr. Belanger as a verrier does not do him justice- yes he is an artist and craftsman in all glass disciplines, but also a sculptor, welder, 3D printing artist, t-shirt maker and poet, in other words, a Renaissance man.

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My favorite piece, a very colorful, thick and substantial fused glass table on feet he designed and welded himself.

What was lovely about stepping into his shop was his willingness to talk to us- about his process, his work, his history as an artist, his successes and struggles. He welcomed hearing about us, our art, our projects. When we left I felt as if I added another friend and partner in the pursuit of creativity. This does not happen often, and when it does I look up to the sky and thank my angels.

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T shirts, mostly sporting profound and topical quotes

Visit his shop in person or on line:

Verrerie Coquelicot

Jean Belanger, artiste verrier

515 Rue de l’Eperon

Quebec, Canada G1K 6S7

(418) 692-1555

http://www.verreriecoquelicot

jeanbelanger@verreriecoquelicot.com

Almost Spring Studio Tour, 2016

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Studio gremlin (made by Chrissy Callas) in his little hole just waiting for me to make a mis-step

One way to gauge the productivity of a studio is how messy it is.  Everything falls by the wayside (and onto the floor, against the walls and on every available surface) when a series is in process.  There is just no time to dilly dally on such frivolities as cleanliness or organization.  Work just has to get DONE.  Add teaching, firing student work, delivering work, attending opening receptions, deadlines for upcoming shows and life in general into this mix and soon enough you can’t swing a cat in the studio without causing an avalanche.  My studio (lovingly referred to as the clown car is no exception.)

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Don’t trip- the studio looking like the inside of a goat’s stomach as I glaze ware.

I have the great fortune to have been invited to submit new works into two upcoming shows, The Montclair 10 Returns and the Montclair Art Museum Annual Faculty Show.    I also have been blessed with having work selected in several group shows:  Sacred Spaces/Holy Places at Nails in the Wall,  Art Connections 12 at The George Segal Gallery, and Viewpoints at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art.  In addition to this and my regular teaching gigs at the museum, I will be teaching a 3-day raku workshop, Raku Rodeo at Peters Valley Craft Center during the weekend of June 3 – 5, with a 1-day teaser demonstration there on May 1, 2016 both of which I needed to make ware to fire, and do a few raku firings for practice.  I’d better get cracking!

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At the opening reception for Sacred Spaces/Holy Places at Nails in the Wall Gallery

 

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With my work 162 Moses di Michelangelo at Art Connections 12 reception, The George Segal Gallery.

In my last studio tour post I had just  embellished and altered forms in porcelain and raku clay off the wheel for firing.  After painful consideration I decided to multi-fire the porcelain in oxidation and raku fire the raku clay forms.  At the time, the thinking was more from self preservation than aesthetic calculation- just in case all the raku ware blew up or failed I would still have enough finished ware from the electric kiln to meet my exhibition obligations.

Pushing the Envelop:

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Multi-fired porcelain bowl with luster addition.

My firing processes always have an element of risk.  I am constantly pushing the envelop way beyond what is good for me and my ware.  Whenever I hear a fellow potter, especially a mentor say, “Never do this, it won’t work” I take it as a call to arms.  Bruce Dehnert, the wizard of the Peters Valley ceramic studio told me never to bisque fire my raku ware above cone 06.  It will explode in raku.  It just won’t work.  Bill McCreath, my uber mentor professor from my masters program at Montclair State bisques raku ware even lower, to cone 08.  This bothers me.  Raku ware is stoneware that can go up to at least cone 6.  The logic is it has to be fired low to keep its pores open enough to absorb carbon and withstand thermal shock.  I get that.  But I can’t stand how porous it is post firing.  It leaks and sweats if filled with water, has an unpleasant feel about it and makes a nasty low pitched “ping” when tapped with an index finger.  I want a finished piece that is as water proof as possible, doesn’t leak or sweat and has a nice substantial vitrified feel and sound when tapped.  So I bisque fire to cone 1.  (gasp)

Unleashing the Gremlins

Firing the Porcelain:

 

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First glazing to cone 6 in oxidation, so far so good

As I loaded the green ware and programed the kiln to cone 1, a little gremlin of doom appeared on my shoulder whispering, “gonna fail, gonna fail!” over and over until the damn ware came out of the kiln.  As I mixed up the cone 6 glazes the little bastard said, “glaze won’t stick, glaze won’t stick!”  While grinding the dichroic glass I selected into frit to fuse in the next firing he said, “all gonna fall off, fall off!”  This torture continued until after the luster firing (I had to do a few of the pieces twice which made him really  happy, the jerk.)  I must say I am very pleased with the results. It isn’t often that things come out as planned.

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The Raku Event:

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First sign of spring: the raku kiln!

The gremlin was dancing a jig as I dragged out the kiln.  “Not enough propane!  Not enough propane!” he giggled as I hooked up the tank, not remembering the last time I used it or filled it.  The first load were vases with my favorite raku glazes.  “Bottoms blow off! Bottoms blow off!” it squeaked as I stacked the first load, “Gonna drop ’em, gonna drop ’em!” as I pulled each one out.  “You’ll burn down the house!  Burn down the house!” when a stray ember went down the driveway (I stamped it out.) For some reason, all pieces in this load (each placed in its own can) was covered in a yellow tar like residue similar to the nicotine that covers the walls of old French cafes.  This made gremlin boy really happy but it was nothing a little elbow grease couldn’t cure.

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Since I used my luster glazes on 3 pieces, I decided to put those in a separate 2nd load and “steam” them in a “smokeless raku” process, where instead of placing them in cans of combustibles, I stood them each on a piece of paper then wrapped them in a wet newspaper covered with a wet towel until cool.  “Won’t stand up!  Won’t stand up!   You’ll burn yourself, haha!”  Happily, these came out just the way I wanted them.  Nyah nyah nyah little gremlin!

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Every piece survived despite bisque fire to cone 1, take that kiln gremlin, kerPOW!

Now that they are all done I have the happy quandary of figuring out which one goes into what show.  I love this kind of problem.

Studio coming and goings, January 2016

7 blank canvases screaming for decoration.

7 blank canvases screaming for decoration.

Being away from my studio for long periods of time feels like holding my breath underwater for way too long, only instead of my lungs, I feel like my soul is going to burst.  Life has had me out and about, selling at holiday craft fairs and on line, spending time with friends and family for the Christmas and New Years holidays, resuming my teaching gig in glass fusing at the museum, and doing the big time suck known as working on the computer.  I finally got to throw some clay around last week.

Usually even though I’m away from clay, projects are fermenting in my brain.  I’ve been trying to work out another sculpture for my Ex-Voto series in my head, with not alot of luck.  So I just went into the clay bin and got busy on the wheel.  Sometimes that’s all it takes to get unstuck.  I took a workshop over the summer and was so impressed by everyone else’s prowess at the wheel that I resolved to hone my skills a bit, so my first exercise was bottles using 3 to 5 pounds of clay.  It was fun and I got 7 out of 8 balls for my troubles, not bad for a long drought.

I put them in the wet box and let them keep to ponder the next step.  I have some new raku glazes that I think would look great on a bottle, but, these were just too plain, like blank canvases begging to be painted!  So I saved a couple and decided to spice up the rest.  I’ve got a glaze pallet of really wild runny glazes that break and change color depending on where they run and pool, so I broke out my texture tools, made some slip and went alittle wild.

The barnacle fairy visited the studio yesterday.

The barnacle fairy visited the studio yesterday.

I’m excited for the next step and my wheels are already turning for more forms and styles.  I hope to raku or luster strike fire as much as I can, because I’ll be teaching a raku workshop at Peters Valley the first weekend in June and I want to practice.  It’s so nice to be in the clay again, I feel like my soul can breathe again, phew!

Like I said, I’m teaching glass fusing again at the Montclair Art Museum Yard School of Art.  I have a wonderful group of students this winter, a mixture of returning students, advanced, intermediate and beginners.  It’s a thrill to see what they do with the glass and I try so hard to fire everything with care.  I have a gremlin that lives in my kiln that loves to play tricks on my firings, from sprinkling kiln wash on the glass ware while it’s molten to over or under firing very reliable firing schedules.  I’m happy to report that rather than ruin my student work, the little scamp only ruined 2 of my own trays.  I swear I could hear him giggling behind the kiln when I lifted the lid.

The kiln gremlin attacked my cheese trays- blisters and bubbles where sparkles should be, little scamp!

The kiln gremlin attacked my cheese trays- blisters and bubbles where sparkles should be, little scamp!

Finished student work, at least they escaped the mischief of the kiln gremlin!

Finished student work, at least they escaped the mischief of the kiln gremlin!

Student work about to be slumped into dishes and trays.

Student work about to be slumped into dishes and trays.

Oh it’s great to be back in the studio, it’s going to be a wonderful new creative year!

 

Gallery Crawls, September-October 2015, New Jersey

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Hamilton, NJ:

Let’s All Go to Grounds For Sculpture!!!

On Tuesday, Oct. 20 Bill and I experienced a real treat:  a personal tour of current exhibits and the sculpture gardens at Grounds For Sculpture, given by friend, artist and Executive Director Gary Garrido Schneider.

Our first stop was a tour of some of the indoor exhibits including massive wall hangings by artist Robert Lobe.  My favorite was ” Appalachian Forest, 2010″ a hammered aluminum and oil on linen wall hanging incorporating a large format photographic image done by his wife, Kathleen Gillje.

 

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Appalachian Forest, 2010 Hammered aluminum and oil on linen Robert Lobe and Kathleen Gilje

The next 2 rooms were devoted to site specific wall/floor sculptures Force of Nature, Shiro by Jae Ko.  Using the very simple material of plain rolled paper, the artist created sensuous static pendulous forms on the walls, spilling onto the floor that evoked in my spirit a sense peaceful fluid movement.   I particularly enjoyed the shadows and sense of depth created by her graceful and deliberate placement of bulges in the rolls of paper as she stacked them one on top the other to create the sculptures.

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Wall hanging by Jae Ko, “Forces of Nature, Shiro” exhibit, East Gallery, Grounds for Sculpture

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Wall hanging by Jae Ko, “Forces of Nature, Shiro” exhibit, East Gallery, Grounds for Sculpture

 

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Gary and Bill in front of one of Jae Ko’s “Forces of Nature- Shiro” sculptures, East Gallery, Grounds for Sculpture. Sorry it’s so over exposed!

 

Gary then took us on a walking tour of the gardens and grounds.  We saw some amazing installations.  The grounds host some amazing trees and other flora, sculptures in and of themselves, but their juxtaposition with the massive sculptures alternated between breathtaking and delightful.

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It was very hard to choose a favorite.  Perhaps the highlight of the day was being treated to a fabulous lunch next to the rustic fireplace in the dining room of Rats Restaurant nestled beside a pond decorated with landscaping reminiscent of Claude Monet’s town Giverny.

The crystal clear, crisp fall weather was the perfect day to view this amazing place and it was a thrill to be taken around by and to spend time with Gary.

Augusta, NJ:

The last weekend of September was the perfect time to check out the 45th Annual Fine Craft Fair benefitting Peters Valley Craft Center, held at the Sussex County Fair Grounds. This had been on my bucket list for a long time and it did not disappoint. I got to see some very high-level quality craft items and meet some wonderful artists as well as get a jump on Christmas shopping for friends and myself.

In particular I enjoyed a glass blowing demonstration given from the Glass Routes traveling furnace truck (as well as purchasing 4 of their very well priced clear glass tumblers fresh from the furnace,) raku works by Linda Garrabrandt and Peter Syak, who was had his travel kiln fired up at his booth, and a visit with fellow potter and MAM instructor Carla Horowitz who had organized the impressive NJ Potters Guild booth.

Lastly, I picked up two amazing pieces from the ArtBags booth- a black and grey cowhide bag that can convert to a purse, shoulder bag or backpack for me (that traveled completely flat in my suitcase to Denver and looked great around town) and a really cool looking neoprene purse that unzippers completely flat for traveling for a friend. I found all items at this booth very creative, useful and fun.

Sorry but I don’t have any images from this wonderful event.  To be honest I was too busy flitting from booth to booth to remember to whip out my camera AND, alot of craft fair booth proprietors frown on having their items photographed for the understandable reason that many people do this to duplicate their hard work.  I hope you will click on the links I’ve provided to see some amazing wares.

I’ve Been a Busy Bee!

Oh it’s so good to be back in the studio and away from the computer at least for a couple days, and even though the tasks were more rote than creative.  My studio time is as necessary as breathing and being out of it is like holding my breath, I get panicky if I go too long without it.

All the little projects in last week’s studio tour have been done and a glass order has been placed to make holiday trays and items for craft fair and holiday sales season.

Upcycled/recycled fused glass art trays painted on back with glass paint and baked to fuse. Now they can be displayed easily without visible hanging hardware or stands. Tiny little detail that makes a huge difference!

Upcycled/recycled fused glass art trays painted on back with glass paint and baked to fuse. Now they can be displayed easily without visible hanging hardware or stands. Tiny little detail that makes a huge difference!

Repaired as best I could the broken ceramic statue and gave a lick of paint to the plastic ones. Repaired Msgr Bradley's rosary beads (he prays very hard) and finally finished editing, captioning and printing out images from our MAY 2015 Priest Project Event at the Archidiocese of Newark. (I feel so guilty it took this long!) These pages will go into a book kept in our church Heritage Room that chronicles the our Restoration Workshop/Priest Project work. For more info go to: http://lisagw.com/projects/oll-restoration-workshop/1

Repaired as best I could the broken ceramic statue and gave a lick of paint to the plastic ones. Repaired Msgr Bradley’s rosary beads (he prays very hard) and finally finished editing, captioning and printing out images from our MAY 2015 Priest Project Event at the Archidiocese of Newark. (I feel so guilty it took this long!) These pages will go into a book kept in our church Heritage Room that chronicles the our Restoration Workshop/Priest Project work. For more info go to:
http://lisagw.com/projects/oll-restoration-workshop/1

The sculpture in the back right of the image got its drop of glue and is ready for delivery.

More bottle trays made, bottoms of tiny bowls ground, more glass items painted on the back and baked, a broken Murano glass tumbler melted to make into a dish or jewelry.

More bottle trays made, bottoms of tiny bowls ground, more glass items painted on the back and baked, a broken Murano glass tumbler melted to make into a dish or jewelry.

Studio time is over for now, drat.   Time to photograph, process, box up, ship out, upload to Etsy.  In between is a trip to Denver, to enjoy a wedding and see some art!

Studio Tour, September, 2015

This is the first installment of my studio tour series. I hope to provide you with regular updates on what’s happening (or not) in my studio, giving you a glimpse of what goes on in there and in my brain behind the scenes.

This installment can be called, “not alot going on just yet.” This is a state of affairs that happens as the seasons transition from one to another, in between series, or in between sales events.

Lately most of my work is taking place staring at a computer monitor.  Uploading images, adding items to my Etsy shop, blogging, working with consultants and assistants to create new social media platforms.  But a tiny amount of work is going on in the clown car known as my studio.  I find little projects as I clean, pesky little maintenance tasks, like a pile of kiln furniture that needs scraping, bottles in need of having their labels removed and cleaning prior to slumping into trays, gluing, repairing, cold working.  Basically, the place is a mess in need of a good solid cleaning!

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Welcome to the clown car, don’t mind the mess!

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Sculpture needs a drop of glue before shipping off to its new home

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Tiny treasures in need of grinding, religious statuary in need of cleaning, repair and painting as part of my Restoration Workshop work for my church community

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Sometimes an object is beyond repair. This statue was broken once before and just can’t be repaired. 😦

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Broken Murano blown glass tumbler from Venice to be remelted and made into jewelry, recycle reuse!

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Bottles, clean with labels removed drying in oven to prepare for slumping

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Items just washed, drying before being photographed, cataloged and put up for sale

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Glass found object artwork waiting for the backs to be painted

 

There is alot to do:  place a glass and finding order, prepare for a glass jewelry making workshop, plan and prepare for 2 holiday craft fairs.  This is the side of being an artist they didn’t teach me about in school.  The mind’s eye envisions artists happily creating work in their studios all day long, giving life to work effortlessly and happily in their signature voice, stopping only to give someone a studio tour and sell a piece to someone who magically appeared on their doorstep or to fill an order for a store or gallery hankering to feature them.

No, it’s never that simple.  From carving out the time, formulating the idea, wrestling with how to best execute it to the blood sweat and tears of actually creating it, firing it, finishing it and getting it out into the world.  That’s what goes on behind the wizard’s curtain beyond the closed studio door.  Here’s to hoping next month’s studio tour has some new work on the boards to show you!

 

 

 

 

 

Good-bye Summer, Hello Fall!

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I just returned from a truly fabulous and restorative vacation in Truro, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  I got to jog, bike, ride horses, sleep, eat alot of fish, drink some fancy drinks and best of all, think.  Something about being in nature, especially in the woods and by the sea causes my mind to relax and wander and wonder.  It sets me up for the long stretches of work, both physical and creative, in the months to come.

There’s nothing like a climb up a long hill to help set goals.  I’m not a climber.  My body is stocky, meant for rocketing downward, taking advantage of gravity.  It takes me way longer than I’d like and uses much more energy than I think an average mortal needs to expend to jog or ride a bike uphill.  When my lungs feel taxed and my muscles start to complain my mind gets desperate for distraction.  These times are great ways to problem solve, strategize and plan.

What percolated from these sessions was this idea:  I hope to have a regular posting series entitled “studio tours” to let you know what’s happening (or not) in my studio on a regular basis.  I’ll let you behind the scenes to see that not everything that goes on in that place results in a finished product, but that the journey is what’s most important.

Now that I’m home there are different hills to climb:  teaching, sculpting, writing, promoting my Etsy shop, learning new social media platforms, selling work and trying to juggle them all and balance them with life in general.   I look at this last sentence and I feel  like I am at the bottom of a very steep hill with just me, my trusty bike and my thunder thighs.     Wish me luck, here goes nothing!  Happy Fall everyone!

Enjoy this little video as metaphor for the state I’m in.