Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Another Wedding Glass Gift

I made the couple a class vessel to smash after their wedding vows. The shards were retained until they decided what they wanted me to make.. The snow on the mountains doesn't show up well in this photo. It is a milky mottled glass with shards of wedding glass. The stream is also covered with a layer of chards and iridized clear frit.

The moon also didn't come out clearly in the photo, but is made from clear dichroic glass. The whole disc experiences color shifts as the light shifts.

Mazal Tov to the happy couple!


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

New Commissioned Mask Completed!


Meet Teddy....a miniature labradoodle!
His owner is a sweet 11 year old girl.
Her grandparents are surprising her with a glass mask in the likeness of her beloved pup. It comes equipped with mounting brackets for easy hanging on a wall.


Saturday, November 10, 2018

RBG: Fused Glass Mask

I have long admired Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Two years ago I started designing a mask of her. I stopped, feeling like ..."who am I to attempt this? what kind of chutzpah do I possess to do this?"

Finally, I screwed up the courage to finish my tribute to her. Her left earring is a mini Constitution scroll that says "We the People."
Her right earring is a mini book titled "I Dissent!" Using my smallest penmanship , I penned many of her most famous dissents on the first several pages. Her brooch is fused glass with rhinestone letters glued on...and yes, she has a lace collar too!

This mask drew a good bit of attention at the Celebration of Art at the end of October. I wasn't sure I could part with her,  but then...a repeat customer came into my booth . Two years ago (or was it 3?) she had visited my booth and purchased my "grandma mask" for her daughter  in California. 

She saw the RBG mask and knew immediately that her daughter needed RBG on her wall!

Her daughter wrote me a sweet note saying that RBG is now keeping "grandma" company on her wall. 

I am sending blessings to RBG for speedy healing. What a remarkable woman.... even broken ribs won't keep her from her work! Refuah Shleymah Justice Ginsberg!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Another Mask: Albert's Bad Hair Day

Albert was fun to make. 
I like making masks of fictional and real life characters....
Perhaps my most favorite quote by him is:
"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious."

What if we were all so passionately curious? 
What could we accomplish? 
We may not all have his amazing intellect, but we all have the ability to be curious; to imagine that we can accomplish something of value that benefits everyone, and the wisdom to recognize where the dangers are if we take things a step too far.

Well, at least Albert and I have one thing in common...I too have bad hair days!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Vinnie, the Wine Guy!

His motto is "Life is too short to drink bad wine!"
I think he's right!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Glass Inserts for Wood


This sweet little plate will be installed in a beautiful hand-turned wooden platter.
This kitty disc is only 7" in diameter...but will pop once it is installed in the wooden base Jack (my neighbor) will craft.

I don't know if it's the "cat's meow", but it's cute! She'll be at the Celebration of Art '18.
scroll down to my previous post to get the youtube video preview and info about this show!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Pomegranates !

This time of year always makes me think about pomegranates! It's a fantastic fruit with incredible symbolism! These two are the first poms out of the kiln!

You can see what else I'll be featuring at our Celebration of Art '18 show on this video: (click on it!) oregonmjcc.org/ora



Thursday, October 11, 2018

Why I haven't been posting!

This is the less than glamorous side of being an artist!

In nice weather I like to work outside. Both saws use water, as does my polisher so I sometimes have to work outside regardless of the weather. When it is beautiful I also like to cut my glass out there.
         The deck is old! We had half of it replaced ...then we needed to stain it. The other half needed to be power washed, sanded and stained. That meant moving all my glass, tables, saws, polisher, etc to the other side of the deck. It also meant doing all the labor involved ....phew!
         I am back to glass work now and will post things coming out of the kiln soon!
         In the mean time...check out this preview video of an upcoming show I will be in.... 
oregonmjcc.org/ora

And please....DO COME TO THE SHOW!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

New Mask!

Meet Matok aka Toki. 

Matok means"sweet" in Hebrew. She is a lovely dog belonging to a friend. I thought I would try my hand at making a mask in the likeness of this sweet almost 3 year pup as a gift. 

This mask isn't for sale but I do plan to make custom-ordered dog masks. This mask will be on display at my next show coming up at the end of October. More info about that show will be posted soon.



Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Start of Something New!

What is it going to be?

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

When I Am Not Making Glass

Well, it's been a little quiet in blog land...but I have been busy with a few things!

I just came back from an amazing retreat to the Oregon Coast ....where good food, relaxation, and lovely walks on the beach nourished my belly and my soul.

For several years I have taught a writing class at Rose Schnitzer Manor, an independent and assisted living facility right here in Portland. The group named themselves Older But Wiser several years ago. This is one of the most delightful groups of folks I know....and the average age hovers in the low 90's!

This year we have focused on the art of story telling, inspired by podcasts of THE MOTH.

They are now ready to perform. Each story is only 5-7 minutes long. They are humorous and wise.
They are also true stories. I can't boast enough about these incredible souls! I may be their teacher, but each of them is mentoring me in the fine art of aging well. Won't you join us?  We have a rehearsal at Rose Schnitzer Manor in Zidell Hall, August 21st at 7 pm but I want to encourage attendance at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland OR....September 4.
Admission is of course, free.


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Roses Window...a Blast from the Past!

We're visiting family and in addition to the amazing food and hospitality, it's an opportunity to visit one of the last stained glass windows I made before my shift to fusion. 

One of the best parts of making glass for others is the joy in knowing where it is going. In this case, it is family. More often now, the glass is a commission either by someone I know or someone I get to know as we collaborate on what the theme/imagery will look like.

I am pleased to be able to see this older stained glass work....but I am even more grateful that I had the opportunity to learn fusion and could pursue warm glass. Even more special is this celebratory time with family. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Glass for the Newly Weds

I haven't had the opportunity to make one of these bowls in a while! I was thrilled to be asked to make this bowl as a gift.

The commission stated that the couple liked natural colors so I selected this amber/hint of green glass. The surface is iridized so there is a lovely rainbow sheen that is visible from certain angles.

I cut two 15" circles of the glass and placed the smooth surfaces of the glass facing each other so the rainbow surface would be accentuated on both sides.  I sprinkled a light dusting of clear powdered glass across the face of the bowl to  give the piece a sheen and to also contain the iridescence, making the bowl food safe. I full fused it once, then added the letters cut from spring green irid glass, and dichroic dots to the surface. A second visit to the kiln allowed for a tack-fuse. Using my flat lap grinder, I smoothed out the edges and then the glass was returned to the kiln one last time to be slumped into a bowl.

There is always a written statement about the glass, with some information about the gematria behind the word Ahavah, and a blessing.

The piece is now signed and sealed in bubblewrap...ready to be delivered...tomorrow. Mazal tov to the bride and groom!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

They Were Framed!





I've been privileged to work in the Mensches & Mavens program (M&Ms) at my synagogue (Neveh Shalom).  We match up 7th graders (mensches in training) with older congregants (mavens!)

The M&Ms met once a month for the entire school year doing a variety of activities , study, and some schmoozing. Secretly, the kids made fused glass photo frames for their mavens (and wrote lovely pantoums to them for the back side), while also secretly, the mavens made frames and pantoums for their mensches. Zoom in to see the great work. (There were two tables of frames!!!!)

I haven't posted much on my blog in awhile because my kiln was tied up with this project for some time. The gifts were traded a couple weeks ago ...and all seem rather joyous about the process. 

Next...I need to pull my studio together and do some clean up!
I am almost done with a commission...and then it will be time to begin creating new work for the fall ORA show. Posting will be sporadic this summer, but I will get some new pieces done!

Stay tuned.....and ...thanks for following my blog!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

New Mezuzot for Chapel


These are the two new mezuzot I made for the remodeled chapel at Robison Jewish Home @ Cedar Sinai Park in Portland.

The Chapel has been named in memory Sarah Glasgow Cogan z"l and it also houses the ark doors I made.

The orange and the red glass is the same as was used for the flowers in the ark door windows.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Jewish Arts Month (JAM) is going strong in its third week at the MJCC here in Portland. This is a snapshot of my table in the lobby.
Someone is on duty daily from 8:30-6pm. The show closes Friday around 1pm.
This is a great opportunity to pick up a hostess gift, wedding or B/M gift. There are several tables of art here....something for everyone!
Come see us!

Saturday, February 24, 2018


Mazal tov to a very special Bar Mitzvah boychick! 
My student was fabulous...bringing his complete heart to  his service today. 

His tallit is a hand-painted silk shawl created by Diane Fredgant. It reflects his passion for nature. His parsha, Tetzaveh, talks about the garments the high priests wore. The "choshen" were breastplates with 12 jewels representing each of the tribes of Israel. 

Each of us is thought to be a priest and I wanted to make him clips that would match in terms of color, but would also serve as a reminder that he too should see himself as a priest. 

Boychick will be a leader in his community; perhaps as an environmental activist and/or maybe a religious leader. He will be a leader regardless of his profession. Blessings to you boychick!!!! And a hearty mazal tov!!!!!

The clips are made of an aventurine green base topped with dichroic beads with a gold chain. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hummingbird Tallit Clips

 Iridized cobalt blue glass with dichroic glass


A silver chain will grace this sparkling set and will pair nicely with a beautiful hand-painted silk tallit. Mazal Tov to the Bat Mitzvah girl who has a passion for art and nature!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

New Clips from the Kiln




The magen david and the doves have already been claimed! I need to add chain and box them...and then they are off to their new owners.

I have more but they need to be photographed. Jewish Arts Month is around the corner, so if you need to buy some affordable hand-made clips come see me at the Jewish Community Center here in Portland Oregon the week of March 18-23 or contact me directly to order custom clips.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Artist Statement Reviewed

Hebrew letters and other images often dance across a fanciful screen in my mind’s eye. Translating this dance of letters and images becomes a meditative experience. I journey deeper into the meanings and fight the limitations that a solid yet fragile medium offers me.  The rest of my world is put on hold, I lose track of time, and I become fully absorbed in  meanings beneath meanings and beyond meanings. The product of my meditation is rarely as complex as the journey I have taken. I laughingly refer to my work as shiny, pretty things....but beneath that language is a hidden urge to share my relationship with the sacred.

I'm going to start preparing for Jewish Arts Month in March. I'll have a table in the MJCC lobby for a week (more details will follow soon.)

Trying to take it easy as I recuperate from that nasty cold, I am trying to take on small projects that aren't too taxing. Today's effort was revisiting my artist statement. 


It was actually comforting to see that the same things that motivated me several years ago still holds true for me today. This one is shorter, but essentially the same message.


I worked in Stained Glass for a good bit of time...I introduced it to my high school students  who quickly developed the skills to make beautiful small windows. Ultimately, working with stained glass as a medium never really resonated with me in any significant way. I was blessed to stumble onto glass fusion and for the first time I had artistic visions.


Artist statements are challenging....often they are written in the third person...as if the artist asked someone else to speak about them. I do think it works in many cases...but I think my statement should reflect me. It should sound like me, and it should sound like it is coming from me. 


The exercise is important. Why am I doing this work? Why do I create? Why am I obsessed with these shiny, pretty things?