Morning reflections, on a snowy cold day, on things I have learned during my growth as an artist.

Morning reflections, on a snowy cold day, on things I have learned during my growth as an artist.

January 16, 2018

​This stuff we call art is enticing and exciting but it requires a great deal of very hard work, learning and failure.Sometimes you need to take a class with a master teacher, and other times, with the web searches, and your brain you can figure it out.Your ideas are your stimulus to your work, no ones else. So you have to learn to trust your ideas and not be afraid of failure.Going to look at  art  online, in museums or in a gallery, or on pinterest is crucial to training [...]

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A simple water source/ solution for wet laps and wet belt sanders used in cold working glass and enamels.

A simple water source/ solution for wet laps and wet belt sanders used in cold working glass and enamels.

January 14, 2018 1 Comment

When I was setting up my cold working area in my studio I needed a simple way of getting water to my machines without expensive plumbing. Recirculating used water with a pump is possible but you risk introducing grit from previous steps, and thus scratches into your work from the wastewater contamination.​Here is what I came up with and it works perfect.  I started out with a trip to the Lowes.  I am sure any home center will do.​Hook one end of 1/4 inch tubing to your  machin [...]

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Making a  mobile stand for a Caldera Kiln used to  make Murrine Glass.

Making a  mobile stand for a Caldera Kiln used to  make Murrine Glass.

January 13, 2018 1 Comment

Murrine glass  is name for the small circles of glass with  patterns inside them. ​"Murrine (singular: murrina) are colored patterns or images made in a glass cane that are revealed when the cane is cut into thin cross-sections. Murrine can be made in infinite designs from simple circular or square patterns to complex detailed designs to even portraits of people. One familiar style is the flower or star shape which, when used together in large numbers from a [...]

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How did you do that? The making of a Eutectic fired Enamel Bowl.

How did you do that? The making of a Eutectic fired Enamel Bowl.

July 27, 2017

As an artist I have  spent many years learning to look, listen, and feel in order to create my work. Often, I look at an art work and wonder how in the world did the artist make that?  So many times you have to take a course to learn a new process or technique. That can get very expensive when you figure in tuition, travel, lodging, and meals.  I also understand that some techniques in art, like enameling, take years to perfect and learn with inherent dangers of a kiln and t [...]

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Emotional Passages and Life:  Art titles

Emotional Passages and Life:  Art titles

July 15, 2017

When I am working on a new piece of art friends always ask me what is the title? For me the title develops at various stages of the work. For me titles  tend to be developed from a much deeper place, from my "emotional passages", or as a hidden surprise to the viewer. Reflecting on  the ways I have navigated thru life, I find there is a fierce internal force burning inside me.  Sometimes is is subtle and other times and it is brutal and knocks you flat on your butt [...]

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