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.


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.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Steps 2 and 3...commission work continues

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 
Embellishments  and some new letters will come next. I'll explain the meaning of the words and design in a future post....stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Step 1 of a New Commission!

The design is drafted, the glass is selected, and the letters are just waiting to be cut.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"AFTER" pix......

These were installed this afternoon!

Linen Closet


"Before" Pix: New Glass Pulls

Finally....I make something for myself!

Linen Closet


Cabinet Pulls

Drawer Pulls

So pleased to see how well they match the granite!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Kiln room gets a sweet entrance!

Kiln Room Porch

I have a new little porch for the kiln room!
Next week a motion sensor light will be installed and I can officially proclaim that this space is DONE! 
(well...almost done...I still need to move in some shelving units and my molds.)

Bedroom Tree House (sorry for the messy bed)
Our bedroom/bath remodel is basically done with just some touch ups left to be done. We will have someone painting our entry hall next week and....a tile guy should be here in a week or so to install new countertop tile that I made in our main floor powder room.  Of course , we haven't begun to deal with window coverings....but the plastic has been peeled off or windows and now the forest is present in our space. It really does feel like we are living in a tree house. 

Main Floor Reading Room

I wish I could say that is the end of it all...but....we still need to paint the house and re-do the upper deck. I suspect that another project will creep in to our minds....but it's really quite thrilling to see the results . We are blessed!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Fabric of her Life

Three completed memorial candle holders

I am completing an order of five Yahrzeit candle bridges to honor the memory of a beloved wife and mother.

Rainbow iridescent cobalt blue glass and dichroic glass letters are used in my  traditional design.

raw glass in the kiln resting on lava cloth

What makes these different from other bridges I have made is the texturing on the bottom.

I fused these on textured lava cloth which imprints a fabric pattern (herringbone) on the bottom. Because the glass is transparent you can see the faint texture showing through.

herringbone texture on the back

My father was a tailor and my mother knitted. It isn't a surprise that many of my art metaphors have emerged from an early exposure to the fiber world. This family is close....and their lives are intricately woven together. I had the pleasure of knowing the Mother who passed away two years ago. She blessed this family with love and a deep sense of connectedness. She maintained the "loom" and weaving a tapestry of family gatherings, celebrations, and more.

Blessings to her family as they observe this second anniversary of her passing. As they light their candles, they will recall the many blessings she bestowed on them.  The letters zahyin and lamed are abbreviations for zichro livracha: May her memory be for a blessing.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014



Oregon Jewish Museum is one of my favorite non-profits in town.

Every year OJM hosts a beautiful fundraiser auction and this is what I made specifically for the event. Sunday, May 4th this event was held at the historic Benson Hotel.

It's hard to tell from the photo, but this wall mounted mixed media piece hosts  5 separate panels mounted at different depths to a highly polished piece of cobalt plastic which in turn is mounted to  hand-polished aluminum. The decorative elements are mounted to aventurine blue glass that sparkles like glitter in the light.

Congrats to the new owners Elaine and Jonathon! ... thank you for supporting an awesome museum!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Powder Room Fused Glass Tile

A sample of the tiles going into my powder room.
Each tile is a little different. Finishing up the backsplash borders now. It's pretty exciting!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My NEW Kiln Room

The cool thing about having a FINISHED, new fire-resistant space  for my kins....is that it is finished!
With overhead lights in, I can once again work in there in the evening.

I still need an outdoor light (with motion sensors)...but a flashlight worked pretty well. What's in the kiln tonight? A second batch of accent tiles ( backsplash )for our partial powder room remodel. I am so excited!

Pictures.......... tomorrow!

And then more waiting...for the clear glass vessel sink....and to get the tile set up correctly....!

Stay tuned.....