Turning Over A New Leaf


I hope that 2017 is going well for everyone so far.  At the end of the year I cleaned up all my tables and finished up a few pieces that needed painting, fusing and slumping.  

That left my schedule open to FINALLY figure out something to do with all of the clear scrap glass that I have.  I literally have boxes full of it.  I have tried small projects with it in the past, but I found that I wasn't thrilled with the quality or they just didn't fit with my current style.  It is very difficult to market a whole new style when I am just establishing my work in reverse glass painting.

These are the first three tests.  There are three layers of scrap glass pieces stacked up ready to fire.

So, I played around with making my own glass blanks to paint on from the scrap glass.  I am pretty happy with them and I hope you like them too.  They actually take a bit longer to make than my regular bowls because I have to first fuse the glass into flat rounds rather than simply cutting them from a sheet of glass.  But, the ability to use up all that scrap has my very excited!

Here are the three pieces after firing.  They are about 1/4" thick and do have some bubbles and wobbly edges, but I am very happy with that sort of organic shape.


Here are the blanks, flipped over with the first painting of enamel on them.  This is the outline stage.

I'm not supposed to have favorites, but this one (above), although on the darker side, is my favorite of these three.  It has a very soothing color palette.  And I like the little lacy edge detail painting along with the fluttery edge of the glass.
The way the yellow flows over the edge on the bottom of this piece in the photo is an illusion of the glass.  It's due to the magnification of viewing the painting through the glass at this angle.

I am calling this series "Refused to Leave".  This references the idea of re-fusing the otherwise wasted glass and the idea that they will all have renditions of some of my fanciful leaves.  This is just the first three that I made as tests.  I am going to stick with this size of 8" diameter (at least for now).  It is a great size for display or to use for fruit, nuts, candy, or whatever you like.  

2017 is gonna be fun!!


Light Your Way

I've been working on some new candle screens for one of my retail outlets - Junque In Bloom.  These are the same as the one's I made earlier, but now using the enamels for the color instead of glass frit.  I think the enamel colors are more vibrant and although I didn't take pictures of them this way, the enameled pieces look better without the candle behind them than the frit pieces.

If you are interested and don't see these on the Junque in Bloom website, please let me know and I can hook you up.  Each size is available in any colorway.  Candle is not included.

These will be available at Junque in Bloom just in time for their big Craft-O weekend this Saturday and Sunday and anytime after that.  


 Large Candle Screen in Blue - 7 x 7" - $50

Candle screen large blue


Medium Candle Screen in Green - 6 x 7" - $45 

Candle screen med green


Small Candle Screen in Red - 5 x 7" - $40

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Ornament Class Photos

The Fused Glass Ornament class I held on Nov 29th was a huge success.  We had 14 ladies all working on ornaments, sharing tools, supplies and space at the same time.  It was chaotic and busy and a lot of fun!

Here are some photos of the busy little bees as well as shots of their finished ornaments.  Each person got to try three different techniques - fiber paper between glass, frit painting and enamel painting.  

Here's to a happy start to your holiday season!

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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.


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.


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!


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. 



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. 



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!







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

Bendy Dog

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

Nuthatches in Red 2

Flickers Flight 2


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...


Chasing Hares 1
"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