July 2019 – I am starting a new art glass project for a local client. I was asked to create a piece that would tell the story of her great grandmother’s (Sara) journey and tie-in related historical facts. A secondary theme is the progress of transportation over the years as Sara’s story began with a covered wagon and ended with jet airplanes.
I was given a lot of leeway on this design, and art glass was suggested, but if you’ve seen my work before, you know I rarely use just one medium. So this project could evolve to include metal or other materials as needed.
I’ve been wearing ‘Chucks’ (Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers) for a long time. But it wasn’t until recently that I looked at them as a subject for my art work. It started with a pencil carving – a 1/8″ tall sneaker carved from a pencil lead.
This project is a 12″ x 20″ (30cm x 50cm) glass mosaic mounted on 1/4″ plexiglass. It’s been a long process working on this as I’ve taken a lot of time to select the best colors and textures for each area of the design. Continue reading
In college, I majored in Sculpture and minored in Jewelry… I started out with a minor in Logic but that just didn’t make any sense to me. Casting metal was a huge part of my curriculum, I loved melting metal and pouring it, seeing the sparks fly as the molten metal burned out the mold! Recently I saw an article about a group that made a portable furnace and goes to neighborhoods, collects discard aluminum and casts it into works of art using sand molds. How Cool is That!?
An old fire in me was sparked and the Melt-O-Matic was born. Continue reading