Wow! Aren’t These Glass Earrings Gorgeous?

I made these glass earrings before the Ashland Art Festival and someone bought them!  I love the different colors in the stripes.  I put gold-filled bails and earwires on these glass earrings.  I had a lot of fun making these glass earrings and also a couple of glass pendants to match.

Christine — Glass Artist


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Back From Art Festival

We had a great time at the Ashland Midsummers Dream Art Festival! We sold quite a bit of glass, too! The weather was just perfect and a lot of people attended. Now we need to make more glass pieces to replace what we sold. I’m not complaining 🙂

Our next Art Festival is the Sandy Mountain Festival in Sandy, Oregon (east of Portland, Oregon) on July 12-13. This will be the first time we have had a booth at this festival, so we don’t know what to expect. We have heard a lot about it from other people and that it is a great festival!

Right now, we are on vacation with my mom and are having a great time. When we get back home, we will be making more glass. I did get a custom order for a pair of dichroic earrings, so I will be working on those first.

Christine — Glass Artist

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Beautiful Blue Glass Plate with Cross Hatch Design

Blue Glass Plate

I just finished making this unique glass plate.  It was a lot of fun to create.  My first plan for this glass plate was to fuse 2″ squares of the glass with the yellow and blue stripes.  However, after I cut the squares out and put them next to each other — each one turned 90 degrees from the neighbor — I changed my mind.  The layout looked just fine, but I thought it needed more.  I separated each square and I liked the look of that better.  My next idea was to add another 2″ square on top of the others and turn each of them 90 degrees to get the cross hatch.  I picked out a blue translucent glass for the border and I was much happier with the design. 

There is a lot of texture to this glass plate, because of the two layers of squares fused to two layers of clear.  I also love the bubble design all around the border.

Let me know what you think of this glass plate!!  I love to get comments!!

Christine — Glass Artist


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Basket Weave Glass Vases

I draped two glass vases yesterday and they turned out great!  Both of them were fused into a basket weave design.  One is 8″ square and the other one is 12″ square.  The glass that I used was a black iridized glass.  I have made these before and they are very popular.  

Tomorrow we are leaving for an Art Festival in Ashland, Oregon, so we are busy packing everything.  We always ask ourselves — “what are we forgetting?”  We usually manage to forget a few things, but they are minor things that we can manage without.

Christine — Glass Artist


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Today’s Activities in Glass

The glass piece that I talked about in my previous post came out of the kiln this morning.  It looked great, except I noticed that there was some devitrification on the Ivory glass.  Devitrification is the growth of crystals on the surface of glass.  I was pretty frustrated, because I have had a couple other glass pieces with devitrification on them.  It can be removed and then put back in the kiln to polish the glass, so it is not a total failure.

Later in the day, I put a basket weave design in the kiln.  I wanted to make a vase with it, so I draped it over a cone-shaped mold.  The kiln is still cooling off, so I won’t be able to take it out until tomorrow.  From peeking through the peep hole, I think it turned out great!

After I put the glass in the kiln, I went down into my basement studio and finished scoring and cutting glass for some glass earrings.  I made a batch of small earrings that I will make into post earrings.  I layered two little pieces of glass, 1/4″ square, and when they are fully fused, they should come out of the kiln nice and round.  I love when that happens.  It sure saves a lot of time grinding each piece until it is round.  Actually, if I had to do that, I wouldn’t do it — just too much work.      

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Glass Art Festival

My husband and I are going to an Art Festival this next weekend, June 14-15, 2008 in Ashland, Oregon.  It is called MidSummer’s Dream, Ashland’s Premier Music and Art Festival.  This Festival was a lot of fun last year, so I am looking forward to it again.

I have been finishing up on some glass projects, like fire polishing a bowl, so I can slump it.  Yesterday, I put a new piece in the kiln for its first firing.  I had most of the glass cut out and the design ready, but it sat in the corner for some reason.  I dusted it off and it should be ready for the Festival.  It will be slumped into one of my newer bowl/dish molds.

There are also lots of little things that need to be done, like adding ear wires to earrings and adding all my new projects into inventory.

Hope to see you there!

Christine — Glass Artist


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Yellow Glass Spoon Rest

Glass Spoon Rest

Here is another one of my glass spoon rests.  This one came out as a surprise.  The green noodles started out as a nice Deep Aqua color.  Needless to say, I forgot about how colors react with one another.  It’s not bad, just not what I had planned. 

Now it reminds me of a palm tree!

I need to take pictures of the glass that I have made recently, because I am going to an Art Festival next weekend and I want to have pictures of everything.  Also, I can show you what I have been working on.

Christine — Glass Artist


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