Lovey – lost but not forgotten.

July 10, 2017

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My soul is eased by music. When I meet another Soul that is finding comfort in the music, I get stoked to know them.  I was blessed to meet my dancing Soul sister / on the rail dancer, Jessica. She was a pleasure to speak with, to look at, and to dance with!

I met her  at Otus supply in Ferndale, Michigan.   We got to see several shows in the same place, and enjoyed dancing on the rail.

I spent a weekend in Kalamazoo, Michigan this past June. Green sky blue grass plays a 3 day run at Bell’s brewery. The show was awesome. I saw Jessica there. She was wearing a fun outfit and looked so beautiful. As I saw her from a distance at first, I had to take the time to tell all the people I was standing with,  “that is one of the most beautiful souls I have ever met”…I then saw her and we had our last words. I told her what I just told all the people I was standing with (none of them I knew by name). She gave me a hug, and said thank you, we spoke for a moment, and then went on….I really thought I would see her dancing that night. I did not.

The next thing I heard on Saturday was that she passed away that morning. So many people were crying and in shock. We lost a good one.  The band played some tribute songs to her. It was heart felt. We all had tears.

Jessica leaves behind her son. This touches my soul.  Being that my 2 son’s lost their Dad 4 years ago, I know her sons life will be way more of a challenge. The grief will be something to handle forever.

I would like to do something for her son. Not just today but forever. For starters I made some glass to be raffled off. The money goes to her son.  I was commissioned to make a few pieces for this raffle, this is on facebook. You can get to it in the greensky camper group. Message me if this interests you. I also made a couple on my own that I will auction off on social media toward the end of July/beginning of August.

You can support Jessica’s family by donating to her Go Fund me

The bead with the white dress in front of the  rail is her as an Angel in her favorite place.  This was inspired by the Gentleman that commissioned the piece. Her favorite color is purple. So I made a bead with her soul Gesture on there in purple. I also made a bead with souls dancing within, and Jessica is in her fun outfit from the last time I saw her. Short red skirt, black tights, and I gave her a white shirt because she is an Angel now. (I believe she was really wearing a black shirt) One other piece has her on the rail with a purple dress. All of these are made with love, to celebrate a life lost too soon. Peace and Love to all!

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Memory stone for Habilitat

May 30, 2017

Made Special for Habilitat in Spring, 2017.

The Hawaiian lieu lye’s beneath,in a circle.  Symbolizing affection.  The volcano landscape circles the piece above,  radiating red energy emerges from the volcano, circling a silhouette of two hands (a photo of my hands). A butterfly is released. A new beginning has begun. An Orb

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The Eagle rises above, as each patient’s intention is set to do the same.  I was actually thinking the Eagle would fly around the piece. As I was struggling communicating with the team. (It took 3 people to make this piece as is.)  The fact is, the Eagle rising above is perfect. Each patient has that goal. To rise above and be the best they can be. Some things are meant to be. (Meant to be does not mean Easy.)

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The team: Sheila Morley, Marc Vandenberg, Louie Sanchez

Spring 2017

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10 Years of making glass Family beads

October 26, 2016

 

I call them Soul Gestures.

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Collaboration blahg

May 2, 2015

Working on paper weights….glass stones, heavy subjects…

Visit my website to see some of the paperweights.

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Bobby takes a bow radiating….

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These tributes to Bob Weir are inspired by this photograph by Gabriel Jones. Only 10 marble/paperweights and 10 pendants will be made with this image. These pieces will be available at the website. He is an amazing photographer and he also sells some really beautiful tie dyes. Move me brightly He represents some Master tye dye makers. And he has a Rad marble available for sale. Totally impressed.

Love and light, and thanks for reading my blahg! Sometimes I like to share this crazy art experience….One day at a time, and all good things in all good time.


The process changes with the size of the piece

April 28, 2015

Layer upon layer the images are embedded within the clear glass. The size of the piece determines what tools I need to create it.

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Most of the marbles I can make in my studio with my equipment. My torch flame, and kiln.  Each marble requires at least 4 firings, and sometimes 5 or six. I can envision future works having 10 or 15 kiln firing sessions.

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Anything larger than about 2″, I need to rent a shop for. And, I need an Assistant in order to complete the piece. Something I like to call, “An investment”.

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Renting the hot shop is very exciting. There is a sense of urgency and immediacy that I have not experienced before. My art has always had a little bit of chance art attitude. Wait and see what happens, see how things evolve.  In the hot shop, you want to know what your making before you make it. Time is money.  The more I work there, the more I come up with ways to improvise and take chances.  I am really stoked about how things are coming out.

You can purchase New works created with these techniques at the website.


Cool experience….some pictures to share

April 9, 2015

Sometimes it takes a team to complete an art project.   You can see the imagery in glass pieces we made at the New Website

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Marc Vandenberg and Rebecca Silverman checking out the transparency of the paper weight..

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A Torch in a Hot shop!! Thank the Power of the Muse and Marc!

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Fall 2013

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Why we are here


New work -just the beginning of something new…

April 3, 2015

I am blessed to have had the opportunity to work with very talented Artist’s in the glass industry. My newest pieces would not of happened without them. This first picture is Albert Young (He teaches me), and myself looking over some paper weights in the Juice Box. I hang at the Juice box, and I am currently renting the shop to make some new work with an awesome team.

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Albert and Sheila at the Juicebox. phot by, Bill Mcmurtry

I started learning the hot shop in 2008.  Real life kind of got in the way of that pursuit. I stuck with my torch set up in my studio.  I started working in the hot shop again last Spring 2014 with hopes of incorporating my art with my Late Husbands art. Wanting to make a larger piece than what I could produce in my flame working studio. The hot shop has the big pot of glass that you can grab from, and this big hole of heat that you can keep your work warm in.

This shop is not for just anyone. It really takes dedication to acquire these skills. Lots of mess ups to get to where you need to be.

A big challenge for me was (and still is) working in teams to produce immediate art. I’ve had to take the time to get to know people and understand how they work at a whole different level.  (It really has been a blast. I have to say the glass Peeps really are good ones!!) I am really used to working alone all these years, and in a less immediate fashion.

On top of learning to use the hot shop, people, and equipment, I brought a new medium into the mix. These images you see in that glass, that is no cup of tea. Nobody showed me how to do that. And I have researched it to the core! Took me years to afford the time and equipment to figure that out. And putting the image INTO the glass. Welcome to the Future Ladies and gentlemen.

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Hot paperweight on the bench

This process takes a fair share of time. Starting with the photograph, leading to computer manipulation, translation of color to metal, application processes, multiple kiln firings, and now I take it to the Hot shop!

Incorporating this traditional cane applications with this image, exaggerated the hair in this drawing perfectly. I owe a Big Thank you to Albert for working this piece with me. Very Stoked with how it came out. I am stoked to create some more with that technique.

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Ron Morley ink drawing in glass                                  Evan Morley’s permanent collection

The next run of paper weights took a team of 3 people. Awesomeness. And this is just the beginning.  I still haven’t made the piece I came to make. Several more to share to get to where I’m at.

I know this drawing is named after a Grateful Dead Song. I cannot remember which one? Any guesses welcome in the comments. Love and light!


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