Ornament Class Coming!

Hi Everyone,

I often have people ask me at shows whether I teach classes or not.  Right now, I don't teach my reverse painting at my home studio.  I will be in several locations throughout the US next year, however, teaching that technique in a 4 day workshop.  I encourage you to check those dates and locations on my Workshop page.

BUT -- If you are interested in trying out some other glass fusing techniques, I hope you will look at the ornament class I am holding on Tuesday night, November 29th from 6 to 8pm at Junque in Bloom in Bend, OR.

This will be different than other fusing classes you may see around town because of the techniques we will be doing. 

First we will play with paper and glass.  Normally paper will simply burn up at fusing temperatures in the kiln, but we will be making snowflakes from a special fiber paper that will stay white when fired between glass.  They make gorgeous ornaments and you can get  as detailed as you like with your paper cutting.

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Second, we will have fun playing with glue and crushed glass (frit).  By simply drawing with the glue and applying different colored frit you can create pictures and words for a fun, colorful ornament.

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Lastly, you will have the opportunity to play around with glass paints.  These are tricky sometimes, but worth the effort, I think.  Paint a picture, a snow scene, a dog or cat, whatever comes to mind for you!

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There will be some light refreshments so if you need that little kick to get you in the holiday spirit, this is it!  AND, you get to make up to 6 ornaments to keep or give as gifts.  Can't go wrong with that!

All ages are welcome and since we won't be cutting or handling any sharp glass even kids can get in on the act.

Go to www.JunqueInBloom.com to sign up.  If that day doesn't work for you, please submit a request for another day/time that does!

Hope to see you all there!

 


Long, Hot Summer

Hi Folks!

It has been such a long summer!  I have been working so hard to make more and more pieces that it really seemed to fly by.  Mostly unnoticed, unfortunately.  

I still have three more shows I am doing this fall as well as keeping my store outlets stocked, so my head will still be down for a while, but at least the latest crunch is over.

Summer started with fulfilling a 50 piece order for Twigs in Sisters, OR, then making stock for two of the largest shows I have ever done that came nearly back to back in August -- the Sunriver Art Fair and Art in the High Desert.  I met some fabulous people at both shows and feel that those relations and interactions have made a big impact on me personally and professionally.

Then there were the 36 hand painted custom awards I made for the Central Oregon Mustache and Beard Society's 1st Annual Competition. Those were fun to do and challenged my script writing abilities. 

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As soon as those were completed and the competition was successfully completed on September 17th, I immediately went back to making bowls and some magnets and ornaments for last weekend's Bend Fall Festival.  That was a cold, but fun event and a good segue into fall.  

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With that short production time I was also able to make enough to refill stock at the High Desert Museum Gift Shop and keep them happy for a little while. 


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Next up -::- the Holiday Marketplace at the Sunriver Resort -::- the Christmas Goose a benefit for Wendy's Wish at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, and finally, -::- Holiday Tails a benefit for the Central Oregon Humane Society in the Bend Factory Outlet Stores. 

I look forward to seeing you all soon and hope to keep you better updated in the coming months.  Please check my Art Show Schedule page for dates and locations for each of these events.


Here's to Autumn!

 


Twigs Reception

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Sisters last night for the Fourth Friday Art Stroll reception at Twigs Gallery. Kristin and I really enjoyed talking to all of you and sharing our work with you.  Although the reception was last night, the show will continue to hang through the third week in May, so if you didn't get a chance to go up you still have time!

An extra special Thank You to the ladies at Twigs/The Stitchin' Post who did a really fabulous job of hanging the show.  We are so grateful for that!  And, of course, to anyone who purchased a piece of art (or two, or three) - we are happy to share what we do with you and to know that it is appreciated.

Here are some pictures of the display and one of my sister and me with our smiling faces!

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Me and Kristin

 


Taking Flight

A lot has been going on in my little glass world.  Up until recently I felt like I was struggling to get my work out here in Central Oregon.  But now I feel like like I am starting to spread my wings!

I have gotten my work into three very nice stores in and around Bend --

The High Desert Museum Gift Shop

Junque In Bloom

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I have also been accepted to 4 highly ranked shows for the year and plan to do at least one more which is a benefit for the Central Oregon Humane Society (Date TBD)--

Bend Spring Festival - April 8, 9, 10

Sunriver Art Faire - August 12, 13, 14

Art in the High Desert - August 26, 27, 28

Bend Fall Festival - Sept 30, Oct 1, 2

And I have been invited to show my glass alongside my sister, Kristin Shields, an art quilter, at the Twigs Gallery adjacent to The Stitchin' Post in Sisters.  There is an artist reception for this show this Friday  April 22 from 4pm to 7pm.  We will both be there to greet you and are looking forward to meeting many new faces!

All in all, I feel my wings are spreading and in honor of that, here are a few feather pieces I have made recently --

These are about 3" x 8" and each has a metal ring for hanging on the wall.  These will be available starting Friday at the Twigs Gallery for the show I mentioned above.  I am also able to take custom orders for these, so please don't hesitate to contact me if you are interested in any feathery beauties for your home.

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New Outlets

 

 

I am so happy to share with you all the great news I have!  

My glass bowls are now available in two more locations in Central Oregon!

You can now see bowls like the Nuthatch in Red and Flicker's Flight at the 
High Desert Museum Gift Shop

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And lots of dog related bowls, like Furry Friends and Flowers, and mini plates at
Bendy Dog in downtown Bend!Furry friends and flowers bowl 11I hope you will check these places out when you are in town!


Moving Along

I have been busy just making bowls and enjoying the wonderfully warm-ish weather we have been having lately. 

Here are a few of my latest bowl paintings.  If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen most of these...

 

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"Chasing Hares" 7" x 3" Bowl

Flickers Flight 3
"Flickers Flight" 10" x 4" Bowl

Nuthatches in Red 6

"Nuthatches in Red" 7" x 3" Bowl

Pounce Fox 2
"Pounce" 7-1/2" x 1-1/2" Bowl

Well Fed Birds 3

"Well Fed"  7" x 3" Bowl

Chickadee Spotted 2

"Chickadee Spotted" 7" x 3" Bowl

 


The Shape Of Things To Come

For years I have been trying to do something different than other glass artists and not make bowls and plates.  I created my method of making reverse glass paintings and then mounting them on unique found wood pieces.  I loved them.  Customers loved them.  

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And I still do.

But recently I've noticed a trend with people saying that they just don't know what they would "do" with it.  So, I decided to start making more plates and platters. Still using my reverse painting techniques, but now you can actually serve or eat off of these art pieces.  If you choose to.

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And I have gone from making mostly square plates and platters to now I am making round bowls.  My challenge used to be that I thought the bowls would make it harder to see my art work in them.  But I have found a way to make it work.  I have simply adjusted my drawings to accommodate the final shape.  That meant drawing in a round format that can be viewed from all directions and from the top.  

I am still working on the best way to photograph these very dimensional and reflective pieces, but I think you get the idea.

Green quail bowl 6Large quail bowl - about 10" diameter x 4" deep

So this year so far has been full of roundness!  It has been challenging and fun.  I hope you like this shape as much as I do.  

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Large Violet Nuthatch bowl - about 10" diameter x 4" deep

Furry friends and flowers bowl 3Furry Friends and Flowers Bowl - Octagon shape - about 7" diameter x 2" deep

Just mousing around cat bowl 7Just Mousing Around - about 7" diameter x 3" deep

I've heard that this is the "perfect ice cream bowl"

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Bird Bowl

I had a wonderful evening yesterday sharing a space at the Tetherow Holiday Bazaar with my sister, Kristin.  We had a cute little corner spot with 2 tables - one for my glass work and one for her beautiful art quilts, fabric journal covers, hats and small paintings.  Now that I live closer to her I hope we can share more days like this as we both find our way to selling more of our handmade goods.

Yesterday I sold several pieces including my large Bird Bowl.  It truly was a favorite of mine and it was nice that a woman who was thinking and thinking about it had a wonderful husband who came along behind her and bought it as a surprise for Christmas.

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One of the other sales last night was this cute little doggie plate.  The man who bought this was buying something else, then suddenly said - Oh, I'll take this, too.  It looks just like our dog!   It's fun when people see things they just relate to immediately.

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I have updated my Etsy shop with the sales from last night, so take a look around.  I will be sending some items to Artisan's Etc. in Big Bear very soon as well, so catch it now if you are interested!  I also plan to add a few more items tonight or tomorrow, so check back if you think about it.  ALSO - don't forget, you can use coupon code HOLIDAY15 for 15%off any purchase over $40  now through Dec 20th! 


Serving Up....

I have been having fun with trees this fall!  And they are making their way into these gorgeous serving platters.  These are all 8 x 12" - a perfect size for serving cookies, cheese and crackers, veggies, etc. at your next family gathering.  Or give one as a gift and load it with cupcakes to surprise the recipient.

All of my work, as you know, is hand painted using lead free high fire glass enamels.  So they are functional and beautiful!

Anyway - I just wanted to share that these are all still available on my Etsy site.  So go check them out! Candy Cane Platter

 

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Bordering

With the new sgraffito paintings I have been doing on glass, I have been playing around with borders.  

These have been so much fun for me.  Each border is usually a series of circles, lines and arches.  Each one is done on the fly, not planned in advance and so come out perfectly imperfect.

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Completed candle screen  5 x 7" Blue/Amber Colorway.

I am not only playing with drawing the fun little borders in the paint, but also adding colored glass borders on the plates and platters.

Blue Squares 10" Tree Plate

Blue Squares 10" Tree Plate

Red and Black Squares 10" Bird PlateRed and Black Squares 10" Bird Plate

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Turquoise and Black 10" Bird Plate

Black and Turquoise 10" Bird Plate

In many of these if you zoom in and look carefully, you can also see another border of sorts.  The effect is easier to see in person.  The scalloping on the very outside edges is a calculated effect that is created by layering the glass during the fusing stage in such a way to make different thicknesses.  The glass will pull in or spread out depending on the thickness of the glass layers.