Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Dali Museum....Brilliant!


Back from our Florida trip. One of the highlights was visiting one of my favorite museums: The Dali in St. Pete. This visit was extra sweet because they had a Picasso/Dali exhibit. Two quotes stood out for me: 
  • Dali: "We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth." Picasso: "Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war against brutality and darkness."

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Industrial Journeys #3

The final and remaining piece in the journeys set is this one. It is a fragmented journey with many starts...and only one journey that reaches an endpoint. A bridge arches over the glass....where does it lead?

The glass is mounted to some glass chads which help the glass look as though it is floating about the inch thick mounting board. Metal bits and pieces were scavenged from a construction site dump pile.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Industrial Journeys Series #2


This glass is so expressive in this piece. The journey appears rambling and  confused but it covers a lot of territory. The glass floats on some glass chads which are mounted on a herringbone embossed piece of metal evoking that "grunge" feel. Other found objects complete the effect. Are they tools of the journey or destinations?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Industrial Journey Series....#1


Okay, I'll admit it....I love going to the scrap yard! I love finding stuff on the ground....yup, I love scavenging. This piece was so fun to make.

The industrial feel is quite  purposeful although my search for parts was quite random. I made these while doing battle with the "crud."

Each time I emerged from that fuzzy, yucky, spacey zone I found myself trying to construct something positive from the mass of toss-away stuff I had found. 

I made 4 glass panels (one sold) and then chose different mountings and different "accessories" for each in response to the hot/cold flow of the glass. This piece of glass is mounted to black lucite plastic which "floats" on top of a piece of hand-polished scrap aluminum.




Friday, December 5, 2014

Journeys Tray #2


This is the second tray in my most recent exploration of Journeys. 
Journeys #2 features an iridized finish on the base creating a lovely but subtle rainbow effect in the background.

Journeys #1 is sold. #2 is available for purchase. If you are interested, just contact me! Prefer the design in some other colors? Just ask!

Below is a close up of the lataccino I mentioned in my earlier post.



Thursday, December 4, 2014

Journeys Series- Tray #1


Every year I make a few new plates working from a theme of "journeys"

The diagonal line is a pretty strip of latteccino .... stringers that have been pulled and twisted in an open flame. Unfortunately my camera skills fell short of capturing the pretty orange/red/blue/black colors in that rod.

I'm happy to report this piece sold. I have one more with different colors....more photography tomorrow and then I will post.

There are still many journeys to explore. I will continue to play with this theme!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Tallit Clips


These really sparkle in the light! Fun, light-weight, silk safe! 
Silver or copper chain available! Other shapes, patterns, and colors available for commission!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

My booth shot ....Celebration of Art '14


I have to admit I'm pretty camera shy.... grateful this photo came out pretty well.

It was a great show... thank you to our supportive community for coming to the show and recognizing the value of purchasing one-of-a-kind art work in the season of big box store mass-produced "stuff".


Friday, November 28, 2014

WHERE WERE YOU IN '62?


Where Were You in 1962? That's the name of this serving tray. It's a playful piece based on another piece I saw in a thrift shop. Just a little more fun with mid-century modern design. I like the wonky imperfect lines.....poking a bit of fun at the design while honoring the the stylistic notes.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Midcentury Modern FUN!

I'm having so much fun doing midcentury modern designs!

More often than not, I make glass items with Judaic themes.... sometimes I just hear another voice....a blast from the past . I decided to respond. More midcentury designs yet to come!


This is a 12" sushi style platter.....  The inspiration came from seeing some art in a local thrift shop. 


Friday, November 21, 2014

Another Wedding Bowl


Blessings to the newlyweds! ...and gratitude to the folks who commissioned this gift.

I am so honored to be asked to craft a piece of art that will hopefully be a keepsake that can potentially be passed on to future generations.


Monday, November 17, 2014

FUn WIth Mid-century Moderns

Fun little serving tray...great for olives, pickles, other finger food!

Come check out the variety of mid-century modern items I've crafted just for the upcoming show.


Details can be found at: northwestjewishartists.org

just click on the link at the top of that website!

Remember...mention the this blog and get a small gift.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Whispy, ethereal, and affordable! You can find this challah plate and more at the Taste of Art and Celebration of Art November 22 7-9:30 pm and November 23 10:30am-4:30 pm at the MJCC in Portland, Oregon.  

Over 20 amazing artists will have beautiful and affordable art available for purchase. Customers will receive a free raffle ticket for every $25 spent on art! Two amazing gift packages can be won. Winners need not be present at the Sunday afternoon drawing (4 pm)

Saturday will also feature live music by the band "The Noted", and free food and drink samples from  awesome places like Chickpeadx, Widmer Brewery, Eastside Distillery, and Sip D'vine.

Come check it out!   Visit my booth, mention this blog and get a free token of my appreciation.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thinking About Chair Affair '15


This is a borrowed photo....I don't know how to photograph a mirror without all the reflection that happens when I try.

I'll be rehabbing this old bathroom mirror and gifting it to Community Warehouse's Chair Affair + Event.  CW does some very impressive work and I am proud to be a part of this event.

I had hoped to contribute last year but events conspired against me and I couldn't get the job done. I hope to make up for that this year with something special.   I won't have time to really begin work in earnest until December...but keep reading the blog. I'll have updates about the coming Celebration of Art event and other projects.

Saturday, November 8, 2014


Water is the theme for many of my projects. I recall the beautiful song/blessing written by Linda Hirschhorn ...words loosely borrowed from Isaiah: "May you be like a watered garden, may you be like a flowing stream". 

This piece features fused glass, scrap aluminum, and black acrylic. It can be wall mounted in any direction.

Blessings to the newly weds who received this gift...may their love always flow!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Another project in the making






A wedding gift commission in the making. I'm hoping for better results. I made a beautiful bowl that did something really weird in the slump phase. I'll have to start over on that one, darn it!

This piece will be part of a wall mounted piece...kind of a punk-graffiti feel.  It comes out of the kiln tomorrow and then the assembling and cold fusing begins... Come back tomorrow night. I'll post a new picture !

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Next Project



I'm excited to work with this sheet of streaky striker glass for my next commission. 

The Jewish holidays are upon us so getting organized to get this done in a reasonable time frame is the goal.

It was an emotional day in shul today...yizkor service allowed me to talk to my family members, all long gone...but in that moment I could feel them around me!
The fast was relatively easy and I feel like I was able to hit my "reset button."

Our deck is being remade so no Sukkah building this year....

Blessings for a sweet new year.... !

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Gesher Bowl


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

Glass Shabbat Candle Holders


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 spirit@gmail.com.

Custom work/commissions are always welcome!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Flowing Stream


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!