I look forward to late December as it offers time not only for reflection but also time to create, uninterrupted by the normal busy-ness of life. 'Friendship' is the second in what I call my 'Out of Chaos' series. For these pieces, I pull out small bins of precious bits of glass left over from previous projects and I force myself to work on a small scale. The blue crystal, as well as the pink crystal for Curtain Call, were recent gifts from a friend who understands my love of treasures that I can integrate into my pieces. Curtain Call and Lighter Than Air were created using Yoghi and Uroboros ends which represent another challenge for me: basically, they are as random in shape as the edges of cookie dough and most are perfect just the way they are - I try to minimize the cutting and shaping to let the glass convey its own message.
This delightful little piece is on it's way to Halifax as we speak. I made this for my sister, Janet. The outer heart was the sides of a heart-shaped box, skillfully cut by Kevin Tappin at Stained Glass Stuff. The inner glass heart was the cover of a smaller heart-shaped box flattened in a kiln. The tiny, inner heart was purchased from my favorite glass blower, Asem Nada (La Glasserie in Mississauga, Ontario). There were a number of construction challenges but I was really happy with the final result.
Sold! I stopped by il Primo this afternoon to replace three sets of heritage series window ornaments that found new homes over the past week. I can't wait to go treasure hunting again in the near future!
I wanted to share this photo of the four ornaments now hanging in my bathroom window. They were originally a set of four little Jacobite bowls that I purchased in an antique shop in Economy, Nova Scotia in September. It may have been the original design of the bowls that created a weakness. Close to the outer edge of each piece was a small inset. As I soldered the first piece it cracked, just as I had made it almost all the way around. I tried soldering only half way around the circles which seemed successful. Then the pieces cracked, one after another, as I tried to make the bead on the outer rim and add the hangar. The set of three larger bowls that looked identical but were a little larger cooperated fully and are brightening up a window at il Primo Restaurant on Preston Street. The pieces in this photo are still beautiful and can hang out at my place for as long as the cracks remain just cracks.