Posts Tagged ‘glass’

dichroic necklace

June 4, 2008

by Kerry


April 30 – Last Glass Class

April 30, 2008

Yeah, I admit it, I am indeed a pyromaniac at play, a blow torch babe, a flame dame – nothing relieves work day stress like firing up my HotHead blow torch and burning some glass, making lampworked beads, twisting rods, rolling hot glass in frit, applying millifiori slices, adding stripes and dots and my strange designs…

Or maybe laying down some slick stained glass, scoring it to cut it, making the glass cry, breaking it apart, grinding it down, foiling it, fluxing it, soldering the seams, cleaning & polishing it off…I’ve even blown a little glass, I’d like to try fusing dichroic glass next, and I’d love to work in a hot shop like Chihully’s Pilchuk Studio someday…

For now, I enjoy this medium of opposites, cold and hot, fluid and solid, clear and opalescent, flat and 3-D, streaky and textured, this mysterious miracle that lets the light shine through, takes the heat, but survives like a Phoenix!

Despite the occupational hazards, the cuts, the burns, the breakages, I am proud to be a Glass Geek/Glass Goddess!


April 23 – Glass Class

April 23, 2008

Steuben glass penguin

Clear fluid form

cooler than Antarctica

embracing pure light

April 15 – Glass Class

April 15, 2008

Place your worries on the pyre

sacrifice stress to the fire

burns your cares away

pyro girl at play!

April 14 Glass Class

April 14, 2008

Kokomo Glass

When glass is hot, it is fluid.

When glass is cold, it is solid.

Would that we could go back and forth between states, be flexible, be adaptive.  Even if glass is shattered, we can pick up the shards, melt them down, and make something new.

April 13 – Glass Class

April 13, 2008

Chihuly Neon Chandelier  

When I was a kid, I found a piece of broken cobalt blue glass, like from a jar of Vicks Vapo-Rub.  I held the piece of glass up to the sun, and saw a cross in the middle.  Being a pagan Presbyterian, I assumed this was a good omen and maybe it meant I could have a wish granted.  So I wished I could go to Sweden, land of my ancestors, when I was 17.

Well, 17 came and went, and then 27, 37, 47, and it’s not looking like I’ll get to Sweden by 57 either.  But maybe the real magic, the real gift, was to see the beauty of the light shining through that lovely glass.

April 5 Glass Class

April 6, 2008

Heated glass must anneal – cool – very slowly.  If cold hits it too soon, the glass may crack, or a bubble may form, which can cause a fault later.  In the same way, we should allow ourselves to heal very slowly.  When we’ve been in the hot fires of life’s challenges, we need to give ourselves time to cool off very gradually, take things just one day at a time.  We need to give ourselves as much time as we need. 

Glass Class – April 4

April 4, 2008

facet diamond

Glass, like life itself, can be many-faceted.  Each cut makes a difference.  Each new plane adds interest.  Yet down deep, the glass core remains the same.

Glass Class – April 3

April 3, 2008

millefiori pendant

“Glass makers in Murano, Italy have been producing exquisite millefiori (“thousand flowers”) since the 15th century.  Skillful Murano glass craftsmen, who were famous for their blown glass and exquisite beads,  expanded their craft to include the production of glass rods made with different colored layers, with some of the center layers resembling rosettes, stars and other shapes. Thus was born millefioriThe same processing technique used then is still used today.” Making millefiori is painstaking, labor-intensive work – but the results are worth the effort!  Many long thin rods of glass are placed together to make delicate patterns.  Our lives are made up of various tiny bits, good and bad days, pleasant and unpleasant people, dull days followed by exciting, productive periods  – it’s hard to see any meaningful design or pattern – but when all the little pieces are put together so you can see the whole, you see something simply beautiful.

April 1

April 1, 2008

Kokomo glass, streakies, stained glass

Glass is brilliant – it’s just made of soda and ash, simple things, but put together and heated just so, lets light and color shine through in a beautiful way.