The annual Be Calm and Friends holiday market will be held on November 22, 2014 from 8am to 1pm. It’s a great opportunity to find unique, handcrafted gift items for family, friends and even yourself! Come and join us for a low-keyed shopping experience in Kailua, Hawaii.
One of the great things about doing commission art is you get ideas from folks who know what they want but need helpd making the idea become a reality. The idea for these fused glass hearts came from a client who wanted a unique gift for an engagement party.
The hearts are shaped from a piece of hand raked glass so no two are alike. The swirling colors look fabulous with or without back light. They are finished with a low tarnish artist’s wire hanging loop, an Indonesian silver bead and matching bow.
They are personalized with a short message or pair of names which I write by hand on the glass using high temperture fired gold or platinum. Once the glass is refired, the writing is permanent. What a great way to tell someone what is in your heart.
This collection includes a rectangular platter, wine bottle coaster, bottle stoppers and a set of 4 oversized coasters.
Similar to the Tropical Weave pattern, I made la Mer de Monet by laying strips of hand raked glass on end to create a linear yet organic pattern.
The color palette and the way the colors are separated yet flowing remind me of Claude Monet’s paintings of his water garden at Giverny.
I added the sea grass to emphasize the flowing quality of the colors and to provide contrast with the linear pattern.
The Tropical Weave collection of pieces started with a bucket full of ends that had been sliced off sheets of raked glass. When I trim a piece, the leftovers are often quite beautiful – and so I saved them like shells from the seashore.
The trimmings were placed on edge and brought to a full fuse in the kiln. The somewhat haphazard way that the pieces melted created dabs of color that look like something Van Gogh might apply to one of his canvases.
The solid areas of color intensify the painterly quality of the raked glass ends. I added glass stingers with the idea that their linear appearance would contrast with the dabbiness of the areas where the glass was allowed to do its own thing.
I ‘m particularly pleased with the tropical vibrancy of the colors. The organic way the dabs work together makes me think of woven textiles. The irregularity looks like one of those rag rugs my grandmother always had in the kitchen.
I used the entire bucket of trimmings to create these pieces! Leftovers used to make something new and beautiful – the Tropical Weave collection.
A new home is cause for celebration- be it your own or a friend’s. A special gift of unique art glass adds a festive touch.
Wine bottle coasters not only look great but they protect the finish of your table from drips. A matching bottle stopper and drink coasters are a thoughtful addition.
Bottle coasters and stoppers can be paired with a special bottle of wine, a flavored oil or an herb infused vinegar. The stoppers are made with kitchen grade stainless steel so they can be used with confidence.
A handcrafted candle arch with windlight will dress up your home during the day and the evening. It is an elegant sculpture that casts a gentle glow at night when the tea light is lit.
My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this summer. This is a piece I made for him – Je t’aime. I have wanted to do a piece using kiln casting and this seemed like a great opportunity. I wanted to play with the idea of depth using both form and text.
I started by writing my text on three seperate layers of glass each at different intervals. When the three layers were stacked, the text came from back to front like three sets of stairs.
In three seperate layers, I cut the clear glass to make room for the three hearts. Because the hearts are cut from raked glass that is 6mm thick, the clear glass that surrounds each heart is doubled to keep the layers uniform.
Once the layers were stacked, I cut four pieces of clear irridized glass for the sides. By cutting the sides 8mm shorter than the stack of glass, the top corners have a nice bullnose finish.
The irridized glass provided a clean side so that I had to do very little cold work on the finished piece. I was very pleased with the way the hearts seem to float in space.
There are so many ways to create and use pattern bars. I created this platter by cutting apart a fused panel that had cracked during firing. I tack fused the strips together and then cut them into pieces and arranged them onto a blank of blue glass.
The chunks of pattern bar flowed into the negative space creating wonderfully geological strata in organic shapes. The platter was shaped in a mold to gently raise the corners.
By placing the chunks of pattern bar onto the blue glass, the layers seem to flow into the base glass in gradualy softiening hues of blue. This project was a great way to repurpose an unsucessful piece of fusing.
Layering the raked glass atop areas of colored glass created a soft, organic feel like the shifting colors of light on water. The areas of solid colored glass acted as a foil for the movement in the raked glass.
I added three circles of thin copper sheet into the design. I coated them with flux before fusing them as inclusions. This gave the copper a very deep, indigo blue color. The combination of geometric and organic shapes creates a visual tension that I find interesting.
The inspiration for the color selection came from the croton plants which were growing aroung the front lanai of the home the final piece was being designed for.
Once I had combined the areas of raked glass, I kiln carved versions of the leaf structure into the back of the glass to emphasise the organic design. A variation of “from garden to table.”