A Bit of an Update

Hi Everyone!

Just a little note here to let you know I've made some very minor adjustments to my website.  Although they make a big difference to me, you probably won't really notice any changes except for the Shop format.

After a trial run with a Square Store, I've gone back to my Etsy Store as my main selling platform.  I hope you will check it out when you need a gift for a friend, family member or even for yourself!  In the end I think it's quite a bit more user friendly for everyone involved.  

I am still adding a few more items, but you will find the majority of my currently available tiles, bowls, plates and platters as well as the glass painting supplies like enamels, clove oil and gum arabic there now.

Thank you so much for spending some time with me on my blog, website, Facebook and Instagram pages!  I enjoy sharing with you and hearing all of your comments.

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The Making of a Custom Order

I have just completed a custom order for a large tile that is headed to Maryland.  Along the way, I took some photos so that I could share with you my process and the steps involved with that.

Enjoy!

The initial drawing/sketch based on the request for a portrait of the recipient (a retiring pediatrician)
with children, cats, trees and sun.

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Second Draft - standing cats made into a cat below and one in the tree.  Two kids added and skirt on doctor changed to a dress.

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Third draft - Shape of tree changed and cat added at doctor's feet.
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Color Draft - Approved with addition of stethoscope around doctor's neck (not in photo). 
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Here is the glass tile with color enamel painted on, but before firing.  (colors are softer and paler at this stage)CUSTOM ORDER GLASS 7

The finished tile!
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Close up detail of section of the finished tile with kids and cat.
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This custom order took a lot of back and forth with the clients via email and text to get just what they wanted, but it was totally worth it.  

I'm very happy with the outcome and hope the recipient will be as well!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Enamels Now Available

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick note to let you know I am now selling Easy Fire Fusemaster Enamels.  If you have taken my class, purchased my video tutorial or are just interested in playing with these beautiful, high quality enamels now you can get them right here!

I am selling just 16 colors of the EZ Fire line.  These are the colors I like and choose to use.  They are also the ones I most recommend for my technique and process.  

The Easy Fire Enamels are easy to use with most mixing mediums.  I sell clove oil in a super convenient glass eye dropper bottle as well as powdered Gum Arabic to mix for a water based medium - both of these are shown how to be used in my video and workshops.

Check them out here and see the great prices and convenient color sets I have put together as well.  

Keep on Painting!!

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Supplies

Hi Everybody!

If you follow my' Silly Dog Facebook or Instagram pages you have seen that I've been traveling a lot teaching lately as well as for some personal time.  I've also been working on a few custom orders and squeezing in finishing some pieces I started a month or so ago.

But, in between I have made the decision to begin carrying and selling some of the supplies needed to do my reverse enameling technique.  So if you've taken a class from me or purchased my video tutorial you can confidently purchase the supplies that I recommend. 

As of today, I have the Gum Arabic and the Clove Oil available, but will be adding the EZ Fire Fusemaster enamels as soon as I can, but probably not until the middle of June at the rate I'm going now.

So, if you need some to get started - head on over to my shop and check it out.  

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Another Workshop Date Just Added!

I had a couple of ladies request a class date at my workshop in La Pine in May.  

So, since I can accommodate 4 people at my studio, I am listing this class with space available and can take 2 more lucky people!

If you are, in fact, interested in my Reverse Glass Enameling workshop and these dates in May will work for you, don't hesitate - email me today to get your name in there!

May 24-27, 2018
See here for more workshop dates and links for workshop descriptions and other important information.

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It's a Box!

I hope you all have been having a splendid New Year so far! 

I am a list maker.  I need lists to keep my ideas focused and even just to remember what I want to do since I tend to get a lot of ideas all at once sometimes.  So several weeks ago I downloaded an app called Todoist onto my phone and onto my computer.  It is basically a lists app and can be organized in a variety of ways and you can schedule each task to have a specific due date (or not).  I love this app!  It has really kept me going when I sometimes feel like I have so many ideas and not sure what to do next.  The lists remind me of what I intended and what I thought was more important as I dated/scheduled each item.  Oh- and the phone and computer versions are linked so when you update one, the other is automatically updated, too!

This all brings me to the idea I had many months ago and added to my list as soon as I got the app.  It has taken me several weeks to actually finish my prototype due to other projects, etc getting in the way, but I finally got it finished last night and I am so happy with it!

This is my prototype for a 5" round glass box.  It is entirely made of reverse enameled glass pieces except for the feet and the knob handle which were all hand made from polymer clay. 

There are a couple of things I might tweak in the final version, but overall I couldn't be happier and have lots of ideas for many more of these as well as other shapes.

Check it out.....

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Happy Holidays!

Hi Everyone,

I just felt the need to express my gratitude and warm feelings for all of you that have supported me throughout this crazy year of new beginnings!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy and FUN New Year!!

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2018 Workshop Schedule

Hi Everyone!

I have been working on my Workshop Schedule for 2018 and have some exciting new studios in areas across the US that I'll be headed to! Please check it out and come learn this fun technique with me! 

I'm going to be teaching in my home studio as well starting in February.  My space is small, so seats are limited, but it will be a cozy, fun time for anyone that wants to see where it all happens!  

I'd love to see you at any of these wonderful locations -- Rhode Island, Utah, Arizona, Washington, Maryland, California, Oregon -- Here I come!!

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Reverse Enameling Workshop at AAE Glass

Hi Everyone!

I want to share this really great video that shows pictures of my work with the techniques I will be teaching in my workshop as well as the dates and details of the workshop at AAE Glass next February.

There will be two sessions, so please choose the dates that work for you and come on out to their amazing new shop/studio/classroom!

February 21-24, 2018

February 26- March 1, 2018

Contact AAE Glass for more information or to sign up TODAY!
www.aaeglass.com

 

 


Holiday Art Shows

I wanted to be sure to get you all the information for the upcoming art shows I have this holiday season.  I hope you can make it out to one or all of these shows in the Bend, OR area to pick up some wonderful holiday gifts - whether you buy from me or any one of my fellow artists, you are sure to score some wonderful handmade items at these great shows!

 

November 17-18, 2017
Wendy's Wish - The Christmas Goose Boutique
Bend, OR

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November  24-25, 2017
Sunriver Holiday Traditions Marketplace
Sunriver, OR

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December 8-10, 2017
Holiday Tails Art Fair
A benefit for the Humane Society of Central Oregon
Bend Factory Outlet Stores - Suite 130
Bend, OR
Friday night 4-8pm Wine & Cheese Reception
Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 11-4

I've even made ornaments!

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