Monday, June 29, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
What I love about Bijoux Bee is that not only provides an outlet for my "non-glass" ideas, but it creates a wide variety of affordable, wearable, and very lightweight jewelry. It's a beautiful complement to my work in glass, and you'll see a lot of common themes that carry over between both my glass and wood work. While the vast majority of what we make gets sold to boutiques, galleries, and shops around the US, Etsy serves as our retail online storefront. Check it out!
In celebration of National Pollinator week, we're honoring the bees, of course. So, just for this week, use the coupon code "POLLEN" and get 20% off.
I'm most excited about two things: a newer, smaller variation on the Beetles I've been making for years, and a great selection of matching Maze Marbles and coordinating beads. Photos below.
Friday, June 12, 2015
What an amazing week! For the last 5 days, I've been taking a class at the Bay Area Glass Institute with two phenomenal artists: Beau Tsai and Demetra Theophanous. The focus of the class was in representing natural, realistic life forms in borosilicate glass. I signed up for several reasons. First, this is the first time Beau has taught a group class in his thirty plus years of lampworking, so I knew this was a real opportunity. Second, Beau and Demetra's work complement each other nicely, and I admire both of their work for their remarkable technique, use of color, and manipulation of texture and form. While most of my exploration in borosilicate up to this point has been in smaller components (beads), I've long wanted to get over my fears of assembling larger, complex pieces out of those components. The class more than met my wishes- both Beau and Demetra were so very generous with their time, technique, inspiration, and encouraging words. I can't wait to get home, order more color, and take the first steps to implementing what I've learned this week and adapting it to my own work. Aside from being inspiring and educational, I had a blast, too, much due to the hospitality of fellow artist Joy Munshower, who creates amazing bas-relief animal beads. I was so grateful to have a class buddy!
Here are a few highlights from the class: the fish, chickadee, and seahorse/ seaweed/ coral pieces I made in the class, Beau working on a Kingfisher bird sculpture, and our group for the week (Bob, Andrea, Beau, Demetra, Heather, Terry, me, Joy, and Nick).
Monday, June 1, 2015
Thursday, May 28, 2015
The last couple months have brought many small, but highly significant, positive changes to the way I'm approaching my studio time, and breathing some life into this blog is part of that. "They" say that acknowledging a problem is the first step to change, and I acknowledged that I became undisciplined about sharing and posting work online, updating my website, and many of the things that let all of you know that I'm still working as hard as a busy bee. I put up all sorts of ridiculous emotional blocks to posting work (be it on my website, or simply in sharing pictures on social media), and that silly bashful outlook had to stop. The tasks involved in website maintenance are probably my least favorite tasks in the land of self-employment (aside from doing taxes), so I avoided doing so. That is not in the interest of maintaining a thriving life of a self-supporting artist. It was time for some change.
The first step was bringing in help. And as it does, synchronicity abounded. A long time customer-turned-friend, AJ, mentioned she'd love to find some part-time work in the same week I was deciding to bring someone in to help. She's just here with me a few hours a week, but those hours are beyond meaningful to me! The time we schedule at the start of each week force a measure of accountability to having a nice handful of beads, marbles, and jewelry finished up, photographed, and ready to post. AJ walks in, says hello to the dogs, and handles the rest. We're a bit more than a month in, and I am so very grateful for her help. It's simple, it works, and I'm thankful. With pieces now being regularly posted to MZGlass, many other nice little changes have happened: I'm doing my morning pages again (Artist's Way tool), getting more time in the studio, finding more joy in sharing pics online of what I've made, and most importantly, feeling much better about my little slice of creative paradise. The change is good.