Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Wire Demo!!

Guess what! Linda Doll, painter, digital photographer, graphic artist, instructor and juror of art contests. Can't be the demo artist for the Ramona Art Guild http://www.ramonaartguild.org/ tomorrow so they have asked me to demo WIREWORK!! This should be interesting! Looking back at some of my first wire sculpture , I've found some that would make a cool slideshow:

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Art Glass Assosiation of Southerm California's Annual Show

My entry in the " wearable " catagory at the AGASC show click title for more information. I'm late on this announcement, the reception is next Friday Nov. 6th. I sat the show yesterday, as always some great art glass to see! I got a 3rd place for my "wearable" entry pictured below. Show ends Nov. 15th. I went to the Calder jewelry exhibit at the Museaun of Art,Balboa Park, San Diego. People keep comparing my new wire work to Calder"s (Thats very nice!!) its worth the visit. I appreciate the work looking so handmade!
My glass work is always available at Studio 25, Spanish village

My entry in the kilnformed catagory, a glass interpretation of an old watercolor.

Last springs poppy......post needed some color!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

New Glass Work

Some new things now at Studio 25 I've been trying out some new colors

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Copper necklace

Here is a new Copper necklace, I like to work with metals, the copper is a good way to experiment with large gauge wire without the expence of Silver.

The first necklace seemed to have to be bent or fitted to indivual necks so on this one I made a joint. It worked well, fits down on individual necks much better.

This one I simplified even more.

An artist friend won a wire necklace at the Ramona Art Guilds Wire demo I did. When she wore it I could see she needed some earrings to wear with it. This is the first pair I tried, the photo makes them look huge, I have to get some copper wire the right gauge and try some more.

This pendant with embedded silver fired looking copper so I thought it would be a good one to make a copper necklace to go with it. I think I'll try a smaller gauge wire.

This is the finished necklace:

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Dichroic Glass Jewelry, the hard way!

I've been asked Many times "How do you make your Dichroic Glass Pendants?" Here are the steps in the process. I don't take any shortcuts, I'm going for a quality product, something very special.
This is the dichroic glass before it is cut:
A glass cutter is used to cut the pieces. 2 or 3 layers of glass for each pendant.

Dichroic glass looks one color when viewed from the top, the color from a 45 degree angle will look closer to the color it will turn out after firing.

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Here are the layers stacked up
A small engraving tool is used for removing some of the Dichroic coating thus creating the designs, this part takes some time and design skills.

Handmade silver bails are made:

All the pieces ready for final careful cleaning with alcohol.

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Stacked and ready to fire on kiln shelf above and after 1 1/2 hour firing to just under 1500' F below:

The fired pieces, its very hard to get a good picture of dichroic glass as its colors change when viewed from slightly different angles. I am happy with the way these turned out although surprised the background color is more gold than red! The back sides ready for signing. The long pendant is now available at The Art Glass Guild, Studio 25, Spanish Village, San Diego. http://www.agasc.org/index.php?page=44

Contact me if you are interested in a tiny work of art!

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Netherlands Horse Rescue and New Wire Sculpture

I was so moved by the Netherlands Horse Rescue I thought I should create some artwork that would somehow share the emotion. About 200 horses were trapped on a tiny island for days after terrible flooding. Four women rode out into the cold water and the herd followed them back to dry land! These are some sketches in glass before firing, the finished glass is too stiff in the large piece, I will continue to work with the idea.

Here is the finished wire sculpture of Comedy and Tragedy, 8" x 10" done for one of the visitors to the Ramona Studio Tour

The 3" x 4" wire sketch:

Monday, June 01, 2009

Ramona Art Guild Show

My entries in the Ramona Art Guild Show
I haven't got a good picture of this one yet or a stand I like। You can see the different colors from different views.

This one is fun. My fish got allot of intrest at the Ramona Studio tour and the Art Glass Guild Patio Sale. I be making Fish Mobiles!

I hope some of you will come see the show, go to: http://www.zhibit.org/rag or click on Ramona Art Guild Show title to get more information.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

More Glass

Lydia's comment was right, I did get too much going with the shadows. This picture is a bit better!

The Ramona Studio Tour Was great fun, lots of art friends stopped by and met new art friends। Got encouraging comments on my wire work and sold a couple pieces! The glass fish and sketches were well recieved as well। I'm busy working on new glass for The patio sale May 16th and 17th