Welcome!

Hi, I'm Cheryl.  I'd like to Welcome you to my website!

I am a glass enamel artist and have been working with glass for 30 years.  I have been painting on glass for the last 12 years using high fire glass enamels.

My work is done in a reverse process and takes multiple stages of painting and firing.  You are viewing the final image through the glass that it was painted on.  Each piece is an original drawing and unique piece of art and will go through as many as 5 kiln firings before it is finished.

My paintings are a reflection of my love for animals and nature, with a twist of whimsy.  I love drawing dogs and cats, but also venture into bears, foxes, hares and so much more.

Welcome to my work - please take a look around and feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you have.  I look forward to hearing from you.

You can check out my current art for sale here on my Etsy page and I'd love it if you would follow me on Instagram and Facebook, too!

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Forest Animals

Hi Everybody!

I was inspired by some clay work of animals I saw recently to make some reverse enameled glass candle screens of animals that are more than just flat glass.

I have been making candle screens for a while that are square and rectangular shapes that are reverse enameled, then curved to hide a candle behind them.  I designed these new animals to do a similar thing - they are reverse enameled and then curved, but they each have their ears poking up above their bodies.  When you look at the pictures you will get the idea.  

I think they are exceedingly adorable and I'm having fun making these "dressing" them in fun tops.  They are super cute with a candle behind them, but equally great just on their own as shelf watchers.  So far I've designed and made a cat, deer, fox and hare.  I've also designed a raccoon, but have not made him up yet.

Take a look --

DEER CANDLE SCREEN 3 (1)

HARE CANDLE SCREEN 1
HARE CANDLE SCREEN 1
HARE CANDLE SCREEN 1


2021

Hi Everybody!

I'd like to say Happy New Year to each and every one of you.  I hope this year turns out to be one of the best!

I would like to share the news of my very exciting acceptance into my local co-op gallery - Artist's Gallery Sunriver.  I started out the year on January 1st bringing in my work and setting up my new space there.  It is a lovely spot at the back of the shop in a beautiful bay window with glass shelves.  The spot also includes some wall space beside the window that perfectly displays some of my hanging tiles.

I'm really looking forward to getting to know my fellow gallery artists as well as serving our customers by working shifts to help out in the gallery several times a month.

Here are some shots of my space there.  It really is an amazing space and I love seeing my work all displayed there.  Please come down and take a look when you are in the Sunriver, OR area.


AGSR SPACE JAN 1 2021 (2)
AGSR SPACE JAN 1 2021 (2)
AGSR SPACE JAN 1 2021 (2)
AGSR SPACE JAN 1 2021 (2)

 


New Tutorial Now Available!

Hello Everybody!

I am very excited to share with you the new tutorial I have just completed for all of you fellow glass artists out there!

This tutorial is all about how to make a triangular box with curved sides like the ones I have been making for several years.  The tutorial covers all of the steps including cutting the glass, designing, firing and assembly.   These boxes can even be made using one of your own reverse glass painted pieces.

These boxes make excellent gifts for yourself or a friend.  They can also be used as votive or tea light candle holders (with the lids removed, of course).
 
This project goes together pretty quickly, but has several steps that need to be done in a  particular order for success.  Basic glass cutting skills are all that's required along with some basic materials and tools.  You will need a curved mold to slump the glass over and the details for that are given in the video description as well as in the video and listed on the PDF handout included with your purchase.

So, if you want a quick, fun and stunning project, check it out here.

And here are some pictures to show you just how lovely these come out.


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RED BOX 3
RED BOX 3

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SNAKE BOX 2


Making It Through

Hi Everybody!

We are all just getting on, minding our own business now, so to speak.  This COVID 19 really has the world upside down right now.  I have heard some really unpleasant stories and hope that as you are reading this, you are doing well.

For me and my husband it is almost life as normal.  I work from home creating my glass art and he is retired and likes to work around the house and yard anyway.  He has built a pond and stream and is always adding little touches around the place.  We both enjoy daily walks with the dogs and in general hanging around the house anyway. 

But, it has really stopped all of my sales venues.  The galleries that I am in are closed and all of the art shows that I would be going and setting up my booth and wares at to sell have been cancelled through July.  I am very fortunate that some of my followers have taken the time to browse my Etsy shop and purchased several pieces online and I have received several custom orders in the past few weeks as well.  

I have also had to cancel both of my upcoming Reverse Enameling Workshops and it was a blow to me and my students, but it will all work out.  I have faith that we will pull through and it will get better.  Life may be different, but it will go on.

Here are some images of recent work I've finished - hope they make you smile!

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What's New

I thought I'd take a moment to share some photos of work I've done in the past few months for you here. 

And also a note to let you know of my upcoming shows I'll be at in August 2019

Sunriver Art Fair
August 9, 10, 11, 2019
Love this show - it's close to my home, always great artists, great promoters and just a fun weekend

Art in the High Desert
August 23, 24, 25, 2019
This is a premier art show right here in Bend, OR and it is a great honor to be included in it.

I hope you will might come find me at either one of these wonderful Central Oregon shows.  You can see details on these and all of my upcoming shows here.

SS FLOWER 1SS Flower 6 x12" Wall Hanging

PROUD HORSE 1Proud 6 x 12" Wall Hanging

BEARING FLOWERS TILE 2Bearing Flowers 8 x 8" Wall Hanging

ME AND MY DOG 5Me and My Dog V 9" Bowl

DOG BONE 2Dog Bone 6 x 12" Wall Hanging




A Little Birthday Surprise

My Birthday was June 4th.  
I am a healthy, active woman of 51 years old now!

But this year's birthday surprise was one I could live without. 
On Tuesday and Wednesday the week before my birthday I was having almost constant stomach cramps and bloating.  Then on Thursday they became worse and I laid in bed shivering and vomiting.  After a few hours of that I felt pretty good and just assumed I had been dealing with some kind of food poisoning.  The next day, however, proved me wrong.  I woke up fine, had a good breakfast and lunch, even a long walk with the dogs, then it hit.  Extreme abdominal pain.  I remember that I even said to my husband that I thought I was dying.

Since we live in the boondocks, we went to the local urgent care center.  They said my stomach was "guarded" and that is sounded like a surgical problem.  They could not give me any pain medicine or anything to help at all.  So, the options were to take an ambulance ($$$$) or drive to Emergency about 40 minutes away.  We drove.  And by God, everyone on that dang two lane highway was going at or below the speed limit!  It was an excruciating ride for me.  

Finally at the hospital and I have to be triaged because they don't have any available rooms.  So, more waiting in extreme pain.  Not fun.  Took about an hour to get into a room where a nurse tried and failed twice to set an IV.  I've got the bruises to prove it still.  She sent in another guy to get a line in the other arm  Finally some morphine!  After that set in and a CT scanner was available I got the "great" news that I had appendicitis and it had ruptured.  Dr. thought I was in the middle somewhere in terms of how bad it was.....Until he got in there to do the surgery which happened almost immediately.  He said it was a really messy clean out and he would be surprised if I didn't develop an abscess later on due to bacteria that hadn't been able to be removed.

So, day after surgery was not bad.  I felt fairly decent considering the circumstances and family came to visit and brought flowers.  Then I started having reactions to all of the antibiotics.  Not serious allergic reactions, but a general tiredness and constant nausea.  I couldn't eat and didn't want to, either.  I knew I needed to pass all of their standards to be let out - passing urine, bowel movements, eating and keeping it down.  But they were still pumping me with antibiotics and fluids.  At this point I had to have a Foley catheter put in because my bladder was not working properly. 

The second day was the worst.  I had no energy and couldn't move.  The doctor came in and the only way I could describe it to him was that it was as if someone had taken a giant water balloon and covered my entire body with it.  It was a huge effort just to lift a finger.  I was having weird daytime hallucinations that I could reason weren't real, but could not stop when my eyes were closed.  Even drinking water at this point was monstrous.  Funny thing was I was barely even taking Tylenol for the pain.  I was pretty out of it all day and slept fitfully overnight.  During this they had changed antibiotics and when I woke up on the third day post-surgery I thought I was on the mend.  But my bowels were just barely working right and still having trouble with major nausea that prevented me from eating much at all.  I tried a few things but then vomited most of up again.  My family came to visit as I was sitting back up again and that cheered me up and got me motivated.  But overnight was horrible with self-pity and nausea.

I knew what I needed was some solid food, but the doctor still had me on liquids.  If I could only get some bread, crackers, pretzels, anything to help ease the nausea.  Finally, a nurse agreed and gave me some crackers!  I was determined.  I started with crackers and when the doctor came in I convinced him to change my diet to "regular" and he said I should eat whatever sounded good.  So I had more crackers, rice cakes, cheerios with soy milk and was on my way.  They took out my catheter and I could pee!  They took out the surgical drain (that was shocking and weird)!  I had some rice and tofu for lunch that my husband had to get across the street because the hospital does not have tofu!!!  Then they took out my IV and I even had a shower and got to go home!  

Happy Birthday to me!

I'm home now, 6 days post-surgery and feeling pretty good.  I'll have a couple of follow up visits to make sure the abscess is not forming and all is healing well.  I want to thank everyone who saw my posts on Facebook and shared well wishes for me and for a speedy recovery.  I'm not completely out of the woods, but it's looking good.

This is a warning to anyone ignoring stomach cramps, bloating or pain in your lower right abdomen - have it checked out.  Sooner rather than later.  Lesser cases can be treated with antibiotics and a simple appendix removal and are much less dangerous than what I experienced.

So, now it's back to the real world.  I'm taking it easy, but getting some easy glass things done in short increments and enjoying the early summer weather while I build up my strength and appetite. 

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A Book

Hi Everyone!

I frequently get told that I "should illustrate a children's book"  So..... I did!

My husband and I have been vegan for many years.  He is a natural body builder and has recently become associated with a group called Switch4Good.  They are a non-profit group of professional athletes who promote a life free of dairy products. 

The idea of a children's book has been on my husband, Mark's, mind for quite some time.  This past winter with snow piled all around he found the words and began writing.  He wrote up the idea and story and forwarded it to Tanya Flink, a writer and editor specializing in plant-based lifestyle media and non-profit work.  She is also associated with Switch4Good and she helped round out the story and edit it for us.

I spent some time creating the illustrations and we put the book together!  It was a fun project and I think it turned out really well.  Proceeds from the sale of this book benefit Switch4Good and help to promote compassion in young people.

The book is a square 7 x 7" format with 20 pages - Half words/half illustration.

BENNY COVERLearn about the dairy industry through the eyes of Little Benny, a newborn dairy cow, in this heartwarming picture book. The vibrant illustrations will engage your child while the story teaches them about empathy and compassion. Appropriate for all ages.
Buy it here and share the love!


Updating My Brush

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season.  Mine has been busy, but just starting to slow down.  I'll be picking up production again after Christmas and looking forward to working on some new designs for bowls, boxes and tiles.

I'm even working on some artwork for a little children's book that my husband is authoring.  Just a little something more to keep me busy....

What I really wanted to share with you all is this new blending brush I found.  I have been vegan for almost 11 years now.  I am always finding new ways to organize my life around my vegan values and I realized that I have been using and promoting animal hair brushes for many years.  Well, I did some research and found a company from England that makes a really fabulous substitute for the Badger hair blending brush. 

Handover : Softening Brush Synthetic Hair 3 in

It was rather inexpensive, even including shipping to the US, so I ordered one and crossed my fingers.  It is a 3" wide brush, the same as my old badger brush, but the bristles look and feel to the touch substantially different.  However, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that it handled the enamels and blending/softening very well.  The bristles seem much stiffer and I thought that would be a problem, but it wasn't at all.  I have been using it exclusively since I got it a few months ago and wish I had gotten it from the start.

I am not a paid promoter of this product or the company, but when I found a brush that works just like the animal product I knew I needed to share it.  I hope some of you will consider this as an option instead of the badger brush for your painting/enameling/blending purposes.

Here is a link to the company --

Jackson's Art Supplies
https://www.jacksonsart.com/en-us/handover-softening-brush-synthetic-hair-3-in

1 Farleigh Place
London
N16 7SX
+44 (0)207 254 0077

 


A Busy Holiday Season

I want to thank everyone that has come out to see me so far at all of my art shows and sales.  It has been a fun time and I've seen many of you multiple times --  Thank you, thank you!

I have just one more show for this year.  Please come check it out if you can.

 

Holiday Tails Art and Craft Fair

at The Athletic Club of Bend
One day only -- December 1st, 2018
10am to 5pm

20% of all sales benefit the Central Oregon Humane Society!

Holiday tails