Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Friday, September 15, 2017

Creating the cartoon/glass pattern

Gary Pearlman is a fabulous designer...he drew this set of three panels... 
In order to make copies on a large format machine, I had to trace the pattern with a sharpie....
THEN, I had to flip one of the patterns and redraw it on the back side so I can have a right door pattern.

Tedious work, but also exciting...I am inching closer to the fun work. 

Next step in the process: number each piece on a master cartoon was well as on the other copies.....after each piece is numbers, the paper pattern has to be cut out and glued onto the right color of glass.

Time invested: 

40 minutes numbering the master cartoon and 2 pattern sets for cutting

Why did I forget to number the master before photo copying? SHEEESH!

Stay tuned...more to come!

Monday, September 11, 2017

The beginning of a New Glass Journey

Green, green amber, striker orange and red
iridized glass

I've been involved in various volunteer efforts for Cedar Sinai Park for many many that I don't have an exact number. I remember being there with my mom to visit  patients and residents and often playing accordion and guitar for various programs there. I've been helping to lead services and since my retirement from the school district I have been volunteering as a writing teacher, service leader, hebrew tutor, and I also serve on the board of directors.

If you don't know about this amazing organization, you should. It is a model for how to provide services to those who need convalescent care as well as for the elders in our community who desire independence or semi independence in a stimulating environment that feels like HOME! 
Go to: to learn more.

Lots of construction has been happening on site as new buildings have been built and the old building is getting a remarkable facelift. The synagogue at Robison home has been gutted...and as I write this, drywalling is happening.  A brand new ark has been designed by Gary Pearlman, a most talented artist and interior designer. We recently worked together on a metal and glass Tree of Life for the synagogue lobby of Congregation Neveh Shalom....and NOW I am thrilled to be part of this new project. I'm going to build 6 fused panels for the ark doors. Each panel will be 15"x18". This is a new endeavor on a few fronts for me, so I want to chronicle this adventure here in my blog.

Step 1: Consult on the design with Gary and discuss the limitations and advantages of fusing vs. stained glass. 2hrs

Step 2: A field trip to Bullseye Glass. 1 hr

Step 3: A trip to a large format copy machine to create 2 full size cartoon patterns. 30 min

more tomorrow!

Total time to date : 3.5 hrs

Friday, September 8, 2017

New Shabbat Tray: Irid subtleties

This is my newest effort...."playing" with iridized glass. I have layered irid green on top of irid green but also played up some strips of clear on top of irid. The effects are nuanced and lovely. It is always a challenge to photograph the effects of iridized glass. I also fused this dish on top of some herringbone lava cloth so there is some additional  subtle texture to the plate. This is a commissioned wedding gift...Mazal Tov and blessings for many Shabbatot to come!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Collaboration with my Neighbor

My neighbor of 30+ years retired and now has returned to his passion of wood turning. He is turning a beautiful tray and asked that I make a grape themed disc for it.... Hey Jack, here it is!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Latest Commission : Elegant Sushi Plate

Yes, the picture is crooked! I didn't realize when I snapped the picture that it was a "live shot" (using my iPhone) attempts to straighten it clearly failed.  The plate has been picked up so I can't retake the photo.

This is a sushi styled form....gray on top of black with stringers and strips of glass adorning it.  I hope the new owners are very happy with it....It was commissioned as a gift.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Newest Mask- Meet Bella!

Meet Bella. She is the subject of my latest (almost all glass) mask  and gift to her human mom.  Bella is an adorable Boston Terrier I have had the pleasure of often watching (never often enough!) in my days of pre- puppy ownership. Yup...I now have a great dog...7 months old as of yesterday (perhaps the subject of a future mask!)

Below is a photo I snapped of Bella last year. Usually she wears a zebra harness and her favorite chew-toy is a zebra! 

Everything but the zebra fabric is made of glass and is made in Portland Oregon! This glass has an easy panelclip ®  mounting bracket also made here in Portland by the wonderful folks at Brooklyn Hardware Manufacturing.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New Seder Plate Commission

Apologies for the dark picture, but it is a beautiful turquoise seder plate with a textured back that adds true depth. The frit sprinkled around it is burgundy in color, the lettering is dichroic glass. You'll see two zig-zag lines representing two journeys, each filled with ups and downs. (sorry for the two vertical lines.....part of the plate stand!

This is a commissioned  wedding gift....lucky couple! MAZAL TOV!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

New Collaboration: Neighbor Artists!

It started with a 12" glass disc and a chunk of wood.

After some careful measurements, my neighbor Jack Liskear set to work on the wood, while I returned to my studio to work on the embellishments.

The most challenging part was cutting the tree.  The glass is a reptilian patterned iridized black glass that creates a cool effect when light hits it.

The leaves came next..... and when the wood and the glass met again....

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Talit Clips Fresh From The Kiln!

Torahs remain one of the most popular designs in my Tallit Clip Collection.  The bottom right set has already been claimed. 
They will of course be finished with gold, copper, or silver chains.

When I make larger pieces, I usually still have room on the kiln shelf for small items. A couple of new large pieces will soon be ready for firing...and some other designs will emerge.

Commissions are always welcome.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Never to late to Get a New Seder Plate

It's that time again....Above is the seder plate I made in honor of my family who survived the holocaust. It has 6 small dishes that accompany it.

Below are some other plates I have made. While it is too late to commission a plate for this Passover, I do have a couple in stock....and you could always commission one for the future. 
They make great wedding gifts!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tree of Life- fused glass bowl

The writing on the leaves doesn't show up well in the photo but the names are there! I am pleased with how it looks. The white rim is not part of the bowl...just the rim of the slumping mold.

New Commission for Great Grandma!

The base disc is pre-fired. A second tack fuse firing follows 

Each leaf bears the name of a grand or great grandchild! Once the tree is tack fused, the disc will be slumped into a bowl

I've had a bit of fun (and challenge) working on this latest commission. It is a 14" iridized cobalt blue bowl with the tree of life as its theme.

There are 27 leaves, each with the name of a grandchild (in green and red) or great grandchild (yellow and orange)

Depicted here are two of the stages before firing....the finished bowl will appear in my next post!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Getting There

Tomorrow I will realign stringers, finish the fruit work, and  finish the sky....
...then it will be time to load the kiln, program it, say a few prayers, and wait.....and wait.... Fusing isn't the scary part. It's all about the slump.  

I'm holding good thoughts!

A New Vineyard in the Making

More to come...but it's a good start!

Back to the Drawing Board

I cracked this bowl in the process of trying to complete a wedding gift commission. It was devastating.
I had worked so hard for so long...but evidently misprogrammed the kiln during the slump . There is no fix for it.

That was months ago...I am embarrassed to admit.

After trying to make a new one I found myself hesitant and couldn't make adequate progress despite putting waaaay too much time into it. I realized I needed to start over with a new design. The couple wanted a vineyard, that's what they will get (I hope!)

The new bowl is moving along nicely (finally) and I will be posting some of my progress over the next few posts. I will be ever so careful during my slump !