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


I was blogged; Thank you Sue Hodgson’s!

March 23, 2010

<——Lady in a dress 2010 ; Lampwork Glass; cobalt,silver,rubino,ivory,opal yellow; COE 104~soft glass…(for sale here)

In this economy it is a big struggle to be an Artist. Luxury is not a priority. It is discouraging.  Then suddenly someone reaches out to say, that they “Love love love your stuff!”, and suddenly the economy doesn’t matter any more.  Someone is enjoying my creations, and taking the time to say so. That is very much appreciated.

About a week ago I received an email from Sue Hodgson. (A fellow Etsy shop Artist.)  She told me she really liked my work.  And! She wanted to share it with cyber space!!

This is where you can see that post.

Her jewelry is awesome!! Check out her shop…To the left you see her lily Amethyst piece; a very unique piece of jewelry. With one of my favorite flowers.)

Sue Hodgson’s, with Something extra special featured me in her blog!

It is even more rewarding when I find myself fond of the work Sue does.  Thank you Sue; Right back atcha!

the Celebration of Passion…

Making Jewelry art with art! Celebrate the passion!

February 22, 2009

Check out This beautiful neck piece made by Karen Haight…

Lady with a dress on an elegant neck piece by Karen Haight


She is about to debut her work for sale “on line” in Cyber space at Artfire (great place for self rep. Artist’s to sell the art they make on line). Her Artfire “studio” (shop) will open in the next coming weeks under ‘KLH_Designs’.

This is what she had to say about that “Lady with a dress” focal bead I made;

“Hi Sheila

Just wanted to send you a picture of a necklace I just made with one of your pendants.

I bought this pendant from you in August of last year.  It was on Ebay.  The minute I saw it….I fell in love!   Anyways….just wanted to share with you what I have done with your beautiful pendant. I bought those black beads back in 2007 when I went to California for a visit.  I attended a Gem Fare show in Oakland, California.  If I remember correctly, they are rainbow obsidian.  The larger roundel’s are black onyx and the smaller rounds are also rainbow obsidian.

Maybe you’ve seen this already…..I posted it in the Jewelry Showcase over at the TorchBugs forum.

I really hope I have done your piece justice.  It’s such a gorgeous piece…..I wanted to showcase it.                Have a great day!”

 Karen Haight

If you would like to contact her; please send me a note.

(posting e-mails here could encourage spamming)


This came at a good time for me.  Such a positive moment. Thank you, Karen!

WMC new post! And more people are celebrating passion.

February 10, 2009
Murrini imploded into Schott Crystal, with a Love Goddess by, Sheila Morley

Murrini imploded into Schott Crystal, with a Love Goddess by, Sheila Morley

I have a new post up at WMC

Lynnie  just sent me a link to a place where people are celebrating finding your passion.

Yup! The movement I am a part of!! “Celebrating passion

They even call it a “Baby Boomer phrase”, “Finding your passion”…great minds think alike!

Cleaning up the studio; found some art to share.

January 6, 2009
Traditional Italian style people sculpting; 'year 3' by Sheila Morley

Traditional Italian style people sculpting; 'year 3' by Sheila Morley

sheilamorley-1-4-09-026Practicing Italian style sculpting is a side kick in my studio. I practice every now and then. I set the people in a bowl, and at the end of the year it gets pretty dusty, so I clean them, and this is last years in a bowl.
Italian  Style sculpting is absolutley fascinating! I used to watch some people (in a window of a cute Michigan town) sculpt clear swans. (I was a child on vacation somewhere on the great lakes; we had a boat when I was growing up.)  That was the closest I ever got to this majical art form as a child. You watch glass become molten, and then imediatley following it  becomes perfectly representational.  A blob becomes a limb, LITERALLY!
In approximatley 1 min. a leg is formed.  Loren Stump introduced me to this beautiful art.
This is my 2008 pile of practice people. (what’s left of it.) Every now and then I take all my glass people and throw them together into an interesting people sculpture. They are not where I want them to be yet (anatomically). They do make some funky sculpture!
If I had an aquarium, that is where I would put them. (Right now I am storing them in a box.)
Like this one- My first people ever! (2006…a little Marge Simpson hair going on…) I named these, “Thing one, and Thing two”…about 2” tall people.

I was a closet Artist, and I will be for the rest of my life.

December 17, 2008
Earth Goddess, Lampwork glass by Sheila Morley

Earth Goddess, Lampwork glass by Sheila Morley

Looking back at my “quietly being an Artist” time period…..

In the 80’s I discovered my passion for creating art. In the 90’s I decided to make it a career choice. In LATE ’97 (After Art college) I realized I needed to purchase health insurance and build a studio. I took the best paying job I could find in 1997. (I knew it would take a while to get established.)  So, by 2004 the studio was done.

All the art from this time period (my 80’s to 2004) is still in my possession today. (Except for the few pieces I sold or gave away.)  Studies, mostly with pencil, some clay, some ink… The drawers and boxes of art are almost ridiculous!  I am not sure why I didn’t give it away, or even try to sell it. To me, they are just studies, I guess. One thing for sure, in the back of my head, I did not think my work was good enough to sell, and I always thought “what if it doesn’t sell? How will I pay the bills?”…it became a worry, (not a productive thing for me to concentrate on). I took a job to pay my bills, and continued creating when ever I could.  I could not be objective about my own art for a very long time. Not until after Art school, really.  It was all personal.  The older I get, the more I realize how other people can relate to my personal experiences. I have seen my work becoming more Universal. I can see it speaking to its audience now. 

I was (and still am) determined on a very passionate level to create art.  I have tampered with copper pipe, ceramics,cement, stained glass, bronze, paper casting…the list goes on.   (Hands down, melting glass is the best. Working with glass you can do all of those techniques. You can do everything with glass; structurally and visually.) If these passionate creations can help support my family, so be it. For now, I think it is great, that at the very least it pays for itself, and puts food onthe table (usually; right now internet sales are WAY down!).

After all that, I just now realized that I am a closet Artist. (And, just imagine how many there must be?)  The creation process is a passion. And I am so excited to celebrate it every single day.

I am going to be a closet Artist forever, for the rest of my life! For today, I am on line here blogging, and trying to do some family fund raising…. in real life, I am out there (after the other job, two kids, a home…), I will always be creating; I will always have a closet art stash. Some of it, maybe only I will see. Until I am gone, and it becomes antique. It would be cool if my work supports my extended family some day. (And it is really cool that I am not starving today; as my Dad says, “We are not taking part in this recession.”)

With that said, I have decided to share some more sketch book study, and some ‘NEVER been seen before in cyber space’ sculptures.

Yup! My old art is coming out of the closet, looking forward to some constructive crtiticism in 2009. 

This next week is all about getting some autocad drawings done of a new lab at Michigan state University, and preparing for holiday events. 

Wish you all a happy holiday season. Peace, joy, Love…

(Oh! and if you are a closet Artist…closet art can make a great Christmas gift!)

(That there Earth Goddess is for sale at the Etsy shop!)

Sand art Inspiration ~ Celebrates passion~Yoga in the mind

November 5, 2008

Mind yoga….

I believe glass is the most versatile medium on the market.  And sand? Sand is its essence. We create clay, glass, even metal with fine particles (like sand). (By “we”, I am talking about us, the people that maunufacture consistent mediums to make art, and functional objects with.)  Even in its found form, sand can create beautiful images.

I have an extreme obsession with the particles that create the perfect medium.  I LOVED mixing up the powders to creat glaze, and various clay bodies.  I never thought of spreading them out on a lit up table and projecting the images onto the wall. It turns out to be a highly respected art form.  I am blown away, I would love to try it.


Oh! And, a thought… Isn’t it cool how artistic we all are.  Be it for the sake of visual beauty, or just pure functional pleasure, or the art of the way we live our lives; people create so many uber cool things. One thing I REALLY like about my day job at Farnell Contracting; everybody there is so good at what they do. There really is an art to everything.

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