Wednesday, June 26, 2013


I've been in Eugene since Sunday evening and finished teaching Day #3 of my month long summer intensive at the U of O. I am loving every moment of working with amazing education grad students who are so motivated and idealistic and brilliant!

BUT....I miss my glass! As soon as I get back to pdx, I need to see what I can do to repair the broken "ping" dish (see the next post down). I will barely have enough time to repair that (I hope) and possibly get a couple other commissions ready for the kiln but I fear the time will escape me before the weekend comes to a close.

Sunday, June 23, 2013


That's a sound a glass person never wants to hear.

I had a lovely platter that came out of the kiln this morning.

I brought upstairs and set it on the dining table, then welcomed my first student of the morning (I tutor kids.) student looked at me and asked "what was that?"

"That" I told her "is the sound of my heart breaking!"

Then there were two more pings.......

No's too painful!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Goodbye Old Friend

Remodeling will begin soon. This shed has housed my two kilns for many years.
Soon it will go to a new home and be replaced by a real room attached to the house.
It will be slightly bigger and will have a concrete floor. I might even have running water so I can also use it as a wet room.    Good Bye Old Friend!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Bat Mitzvah Gift-A Commission!

Stage 1

Stage 3- final product
                         Lucky Bat Mitzvah Girl!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sheet Metal and Glass

Today I learned how to cut sheet metal! The tool is a pair of scissors on steroids!

Sheet metal isn't compatible with glass in a kiln, but I can use glue!

I have an idea.....we'll see what happens! 

As always....stay tuned!

Thursday, June 6, 2013


                   MAGIC happens inside a kiln.....sometimes!
The aleph bet clips came out of the kiln just as expected.....silver on black! (even though the ink was white gold)

The silver pink dichroic glass started out smooth but developed a textured surface in the kiln.The silver pink shifted to light greens and lilac and soft pink! The white gold ink flashed a very subtle gold tone. I'm happy with both. 

Time to glue on the clips and attach some chains!

I am happy to custom design clips for you...just ask!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

New Tallit Clips Going in the Kiln

I am doing a production run of glass blobs...future elements for some cabinet doors. Since I had room and because I needed to make two sets of clips as gifts.....I crafted these this morning.

What appears to be green is actually white gold ink. The Aleph and Bet are initials for the first recipent. The clear glass will cap a black base. The second set features a flower motif borrowed from the recipient's tallit. The flowers are drawn on pink/silver dichroic glass.

The finished clips will be posted tomorrow night. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

one more bridge

This was created using the same principles as yesterday's post....without the addition of colored glass.  

Monday, June 3, 2013

A Yahrzeit Candle is Packed and Shipped!

I am honored to have been asked to create a yahrzeit candle for another family in St. Louis.

This style is free form and features several design elements.
Silver and bronze mica is embedded between layer of black and clear. Dichroic, red, turquoise and green glass were added to the top. On the green, red and turquoise glass there are verses from traditional prayers of mourning hand printed in white gold ink. 

I also made memorial stones to set out each time a specific yahrzeit is observed. As each stone is written, I recall a parent, uncle, aunt, cousin or friend who has passed. The names don't necessarily belong to my family/friend circle...but names like aunt, grandpa, mom....are the common links. Death is a part of our life cycle....and grieving is a process....or at least, it should be.  I am humbled by the thought that I can contribute to another family holding a name alive, treasuring memories, and using the tradition of yahrzeit to memorialize the name of a precious soul.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Adding A Little Mica

Another yahrzeit candle holder. I'm layering some white sparkling mica and copper to the base glass before clear capping. More decorative elements will be added on top of that!