Tuesday, August 19, 2014
With glass sales, Bar Mitzvahs, papers graded, grades turned in... and other things taken care of , we are able to steal away for a couple of days of alone time.
Family time is next.... also wonderfully nourishing....!
Our house is being cared for, my students get a week off, and we can simply enjoy the unusual time to ourselves.
I promised to be basically computer free...but needed to shout out a little joy!
Posted by Sparks of Spirit Glass at 7:00 PM
Sunday, August 17, 2014
ORA Artists in Vancouver at the Bagel On Festival!
|One of my display racks|
|Esther Liberman and her Jewelry!|
|Blacksmith Nitzan Lillie|
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Tallit clips are among the items I will offer at the Bagel On Craft Fest at Kol Ami Synagogue in Vancouver...Sunday the 17th of August (tomorrow)!
I'm making room in my inventory so I can begin creating a few new lines of Judaica items.
Come see me tomorrow....or drop me a line. I am willing to retain my sale prices for the next few weeks.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
I don't have a cool antique vehicle but I will load up my Honda Odyssey with my glass and set up to sell out of it at the MJCC parking lot this Sunday.
The address is 6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland Oregon.
Come see me....I have some one of a kind bargains! Buy some art, sign up to be on the ORA Artists mailing list, and get a free frozen treat.
See you there!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
I am so happy with the tiles and just love the new sink and faucet. I won't be able to get the mirror with stained glass overlay back in place until the weekend, but I am happy to wait.
The next challenge is in figuring out a new paint color.....thankfully it's not a chore...just a fun challenge.
Here's the "before" picture:
Monday, July 14, 2014
This is the new vanity in our powder room. I made the flat tile and border tiles using BE 90 black and tekta clear with copper mica sandwiched in-between. We used black grout and the result is pretty satisfying!
Tomorrow a new glass vessel sink and faucet will go in...! (I didn't make the sink.)
I'll post before and after shots.
The mirror will go back up and eventually a new light fixture, towel ring, and TP holder.
We're getting there!
We're getting there!
Friday, July 11, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
|This is 1 aisle in what is known as the "bullpen"..... aka "candyland" us glass addicts!|
I forgot to snap a photo so I had to borrow this picture from the internet...
I am so fortunate to live in Portland Oregon, home to two major manufacturers of glass.
This week Bullseye Glass had one of their major sales....and I was happy to go shopping!
Do you remember being a little kid visiting either a candy store or an ice cream shop? All the flavors, colors, seductive names?
Another customer and I just took turns ooh-ing and ahhhh-ing. "I bought that glass last year" she said, pointing to one incredible piece. Even on sale, it was beyond my reach....maybe next time. "I asked her what she was looking for and she told me she was layering pieces of glass to get a desired look for trees... and happily I pointed out some glass that might save her a step or two in her process.
We knowingly grinned at each other as we loaded our storage bins....addicts recognize each other!
I haven't spent enough time cleaning out my studio, but this new glass is so tantalizing I am anxious to renew my efforts to get organized. Several wonderful commissions have come in....ideally I will get to work on those in a clean studio...but I may need to create a makeshift work area on the back deck....
I'll post again shortly!
Thursday, July 3, 2014
I was able to revisit a Gesher bowl I made for a collector in Eugene. This version has nearly invisible letters that read Gesher Tsar M'ode...A narrow bridge.
I think I may have to make a new one !
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
After 29 + years of light blue, the house is going to blend in a little better with the environment.
Indoors a new project is beginning using glass tiles I made just for our powder room counter.
I'll post another photo when the house is all green and the trim is also refreshed.
Posted by Sparks of Spirit Glass at 8:22 PM
Thursday, June 26, 2014
As our remodeling projects draw to a close (for now), I am finally able to move my racks and molds out to the new kiln room!
The studio is a disaster! I mean, it's really bad! I was so cramped having to house stuff that has always been in the kiln shed that I lost all common sense and just kept cramming more stuff into the studio. WHAT WAS I THINKING?
When the weather has been nice (pouring rain right now), I clear off a table on the deck and work there. When the weather is awful, I try to use my time to clean, sort & organize a ridiculous mess.
I realize that ergonomics is important so once I sort through my scrap glass, toss things I won't/can't use, and create real homes for things...I will need to move my cutting area so I can move about more easily and protect my aching back.
No more promises to post new stuff soon....I have descended into a deep, dark, messy hole . If I ever get out of it I will post pix of the reclaimed studio and any new work.
Monday, June 23, 2014
I'll be there....will you?
OK, I don't have a cool truck but I will have a van full of glass items at great prices. There will be some functional art pieces, some jewelry, and random "stuff" left over from earlier sales. Come see me!
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Bill Stinnett served the Cedar Sinai Park organization for many many years. Tonight he was honored on the eve of his official retirement. It was such a pleasure to be in the audience to hear how this man mentored his colleagues; always acting with wisdom and grace.
I was so proud to be asked to make a piece of glass to honor this man. Bill isn't Jewish but because he served the elders of this Jewish community , the staff and board wanted to honor him with something that was Jewish but also touched on his own Christian faith.
This is the written document I crafted to accompany the glass piece.
The Board of Directors and Staff of Cedar Sinai commissioned this piece of art in honor of your many years of service to the organization.
The hebrew lettering quotes a passage from Ecclesiates 7:1: “ A good name is more precious than oil.”
It is explained that the scent of aromatic oils travels but a short distance within your house, while a good name travels from one end of the earth to the other.
In addition, you will find two red letters bookending the central tablet. The red letter on the right is first letter of the hebrew alphabet, aleph. On the far left is the final letter of the alphabet, tahf. The middle letter of the hebrew alphabet is a mem (there are two in the line that scans across the middle tablet.) These letters aleph, mem, tahf spell the word Emet which means truth.
The glass was fused in the kiln at 1450 degrees for 15 hours. Visible through the clear glass tablets is copper mesh. Copper represents longevity and durability and is frequently mentioned in the old testament as an adornment for the Tabernacle. The central letters are cut from dichroic glass, a precious glass made by burning minerals in a vacuum chamber. The fused glass is mounted to a piece of acrylic which is mounted to a piece of hand-polished aluminum.
May you be blessed in your retirement. May your memories of Cedar Sinai Park be joyous, and may your good name continue to be known .
Monday, June 9, 2014
This little U-channel mirror mounting is made of aluminum.
I've been practicing my hack saw skills on these, custom fitting them for my aluminum backed wall art.
I use one on the bottom and one on the top. Mounting the art is simple and requires small nails and a hammer...that's it!
I dropped off the Tov Shem commission today and will be there when the art piece is presented on Wednesday evening. I'll try to post pictures then.
Posted by Sparks of Spirit Glass at 8:55 PM
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014
|A layer of copper mesh is sandwiched between |
a base layer of brown iridized glass and a clear cap.
Strips of the same mesh adorn the plaques below.
|A few drops of glasstac helps hold the letters in place until |
I can safely deposit the glass in the kiln.
|The tablets and plaques are set on some streaky glass|
and some of the letters are set in place