Saturday, August 30, 2014

POLKA....dots?


These are coasters  with dots.......but are they doing the polka?

I wondered about that so I consulted wikipedia...
this is what I found out:

Etymology[edit]

The pattern shares its name with the dance form, making one suspect there is a connection linking the pattern to the dance. However, the name was likely settled upon merely because of the dance's popularity at the time the pattern became fashionable, just as many other products and fashions of the era also adopted the polka name. [1]

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Wedding Anniversary Commission in the Making


A sampling of a few of the glass bits and nuggets for the next commission....an anniversary gift. The glass bits are fused remnants of the wine glass that was smashed at the end of the wedding. That glass isn't compatible with the other glass I use so I have to deal with it differently than I deal with the rest of the glass project. The nuggets on the right are made from dichroic glass and capped in clear. Since they are compatible they can be fused to the base glass.

The glass project is in the kiln right now going through a second firing....it will be a wall mounted project when it is finished.

I'll post a picture in about a week after the gift has been presented.



Friday, August 22, 2014

Mid-century Modern Plates



These are based on some designs Bullseye glass created for one of their tips sheets. My son saw the design and asked for a set for his home in Berkeley. I made 4 of them....2 in light gray and two in dark grey. Plate 1 has orange stringers, plate 2 has light blue, plate 3 has black and plate 4 has yellow stringer.

It was fun playing with stringer and fire. I might just have to make some more of these. He has asked for some matching coasters.... back to the kiln I go!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

VACATION!


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!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Booth Shots from the Vancouver Sale



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

Going on Sale!



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

It's all about letters!


I love hebrew letters. Each letter is a piece of poetry unto itself.

Cutting these letters is a humbling experience... the glass is quite thin, fragile really. The letters are delicate and challenging. 



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Our New Piece of Art


So happy to add this gem to our home! This buffet/sideserver is hand-built out of cherry and curly maple. The cherry wood will darken with age and beautifully frame the maple. I made the handles out of glass.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

TRUNK SALE THIS SUNDAY!

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

The Sink Is In!


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

Copper Mica GlassTiles


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!


Friday, July 11, 2014

A Flash From the Past


A fun little coaster made awhile back.
The customer who bought this just ordered a 16" bowl to go with her new house!
Shabbat Shalom Everyone!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Positive Addiction!

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

Revisitng my Gesher Bowl


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

The House Gets A Paint Lift!




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.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Studio Organization= Tough Love


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.

Toodles!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Art Trunk Sale....August 3


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

A Good Name







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

Wall Mounting


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.



Sunday, June 8, 2014

Fresh Out of the Kiln!


I'll post the full shot once the gift has been presented.