Into the Light

The studio was a dark place when I first saw it, almost two years ago. The light fixtures were ancient, and many fluorescent bulbs were burnt out. The landlord had stored hulking old machines there, since Charlie had stopped using the space. Half the walls were unpainted, dingy brown drywall. Dust and dirt and rat…… Continue reading Into the Light

Reading Charlie

I didn’t know Charlie very well when he died. I only had a year. With every email, phone call or visit at the studio, I had felt like I was stealing time.  I talk to him often now.  His energy was dwindling in 2018-19, and I was reluctant to push. Because of the effects of…… Continue reading Reading Charlie

March 2020

Everything was going so well a month ago. And yet, it still is. It’s been a strange shift – from a busy, active studio with almost daily visitors, to a closed, solitary workshop. And yet, it opened up. I have been so frantically busy in the past nine months, trying every which way to earn…… Continue reading March 2020

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February 2020

Connections I’ve always admired spiders. A web is a complex piece of architecture, and they are born knowing how to make, maintain, and dine from one. They sense every movement on every strand, and can distinguish the fluttering of a frantic fly from the trembling of a steady breeze. To build and maintain a web…… Continue reading February 2020

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Up to Code

I made a big push this month to complete many other long-delayed repairs and improvements: electrical wiring replaced, old light fixtures and ugly drop-in ceiling removed, back walls painted, belt sander mounted on a new palette, smoke detector installed, fire extinguishers inspected, outside drainage fixed, steps at the loading dock, and minor repairs to the…… Continue reading Up to Code

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January 2020

Underneath all the beauty of glass sculptures is a lot of industrial equipment. And underneath that equipment is…. Well, me. While casting glass boxes in November, some molten glass escaped onto the floor of the kiln and coated an inch of the electric elements. That broke the circuit, and two of the four floor elements…… Continue reading January 2020

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One Earth / One Chance Exhibit

I stand with other artists to add our perspectives on climate change. My cast glass piece “Entering the Glacier” will be part of this exhibit. Hope you can attend!

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December 2019

Year-end stories are often told by the numbers, so here are a few for Charlie’s studio in 2019. Since July, we’ve held 6 workshops and 12 private learning sessions for 35 participants. There have been 53 other visitors, including the Open House, curious neighbors, and artists who have used the studio equipment and kilns. Together…… Continue reading December 2019

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October 2019

October was an overwhelming month – but all good! The highlight of the month was the Open House, held the afternoon of the Holden’s party for Charlie. It was so wonderful to get Charlie’s art out of those crates, cleaned up, and properly displayed. With some borrowed tables and small lights, I managed to exhibit…… Continue reading October 2019

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November 2019

Katie is 12 years old. She discovered glass when her family wandered into the Open House in October. Instructor Nancy Cann was wrapping up a workshop, and she showed Katie how to make a simple glass piece.  Katie was so attentive and creative that Nancy invited her to take part in our Gift Making Marathon.…… Continue reading November 2019

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