Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Seder Plate for OJM

The Oregon Jewish Museum in Portland will be hosting another fund raising auction in May. This is the new seder plate I made for that event. The glass is remarkable and a new experiment for me. The base is a new reactive glass made by bullseye glass. It is a clear iridized reactive glass. That means that when it comes in contact with copper, gold or silver it will cause an interesting reaction. 

I used copper foil to make the letters and decorated the plate with turquoise frit and stringer. The reaction was neat....turned the glass a speckled red in places and cast a reddish shadow in others. Unfortunately the photo doesn't show the reaction as well as I'd like.

The back of the plate is textured offering the plate a depth color (even though the plate is transparent). Six condiment dishes come with the plate. It's called Reactivity and Wandering. We were a reactive people as we wandered the desert trying to learn how to be Jews. There were spiritual and physical highs and lows. This plate brings a reminder to the seder table of our struggles and our successes.

Please come out and support OJM Sunday May 3rd. 
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Looking for just the right chair for this project, I realised that there are just so many chairs a person might buy. Why not create an un-chair for those who don't need one more chair in their home. I hate to iron so the idea of a wrinkle-free tablecloth held great appeal....and the Chair-i-table was born!

Glass top and glass shelf adorn this stool turned table. (See the before photo below)

It drew some interest at First Thursday at the Gallery. Let's see what happens at the Chair Affair Auction on April 23rd.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

My Chair Affair Project

The Community Warehouse was kind enough to invite me to create a chair project for their annual Chair Affair. This is an auction that features rehabbed chairs. The proceeds go to support needy families in Portland.

I combed through the selection of old chairs at the warehouse looking for a chair that would speak to me. This sad little stool was once someone's precious craft project. It was painted green with white speckles....OY!

What would you do with it?

I'll share my "after" picture tomorrow!