Saturday, September 20, 2014
This bowl was inspired by the Hebrew words: Kol Haolam Kulo Gesher Tsar M'od...All the world is a very narrow bridge.
It lives in Eugene, where I was visiting last week.
Gesher means bridge. The phrase comes from a teaching from Reb Nachman of Bratislav. The rest of the message is: And above all is not to fear.
Walking on a narrow bridge is risky, daring, frightening...and yet..... life often requires us to take such metaphorical journeys with frequency.
What gives us the strength to face such adversity? What kind of faith is required to face adversity?
My bowl is a reminder that faith is required....
I used clear glass letters embedded in the red...In the right light you can see some of the letters, but other times they are invisible...and yet they exist....
Faith requires us to believe in that which we cannot see.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
I find myself continually apologizing for the poor photography! If I can make a little more time, I will take better pictures, I promise!
Later this fall I will be featuring new work which will include shabbat candle holders, menorahs, and yahrzeit candle holders.
I started making these last spring and am finally ready to stop experimenting!
A Taste of Art and A Celebration of Art will happen November 22 (evening) and 23rd (day).
If you need some glass before then, just drop me a line! sparks of firstname.lastname@example.org.
Custom work/commissions are always welcome!
Thursday, September 4, 2014
The photo (as always) doesn't do the piece justice.
This piece just sparkles and pops.
Polished aluminum provides the backdrop. Black acrylic supports the glass panel. The center stream is aventurine blue glass (imagine microscopic glitter in the glass!). The stream is bounded by dichroic glass blobs and the outer stream bank is made with broken wedding glass shards.
This was commissioned as a tenth anniversary gift. Blessings to the beautiful couple!
Saturday, August 30, 2014
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:
|Look up polka dot in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.|
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. 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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
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
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!