Original Etched Fused Glass Cabochons Inspired by The Cirque Du Soleil Show: TOTEM.
My sister was so kind to take me out for my Birthday to see the Cirque Du Soleil Show entitled: Totem. The performers were dazzling in their colorful, crystal covered outfits. One act in particular had to do with brightly colored tree frogs jumping and vaulting on a huge playground like trampoline cage as seen here…
The colors and performance was so moving to me as an artist, they were etched into me somehow. My sister, always being so thoughtful- bought me the Souvenir Program from the show. Later that night I had the most vivid dreams of those colors and combinations of colors from the show. I awoke to inspiration and headed off to the glass studio to try to emulate the colors as seen in the performance and in my dreams.
Above are the Cirque Inspired cabochons created by etching, cutting, grinding, and fire polishing dichroic glass. These cabochons are now ready to be silversmith set or perhaps bead embroidered or bezel set with seed beads. The inspiration I have received from the Cirque performance has birthed many new ideas that I am still working on in the glass studio. I HIGHLY recommend to anyone who may want to go see the TOTEM show to GO! GO! GO! It is an amazing visual experience you won’t soon forget. If you are an artist: FEED YOUR SOUL. WITNESS TO BEAUTY WHENEVER YOU CAN. LIFE IS ABOUT BEING INSPIRATIONAL AND ABOUT BEING INSPIRED.
Fine Silver & Copper Wires fused into glass are an elegant addition to the design of a bead or pendant. I love to partially submerge wires into glass forming my own attachment points for my jewelry creations. I will be teaching these techniques in my upcoming Fused Glass Class on May 18th, 2013 entitled: Fine Silver & Copper Wire In Fused Glass Class. Check out my website 3gracesjewelry.com for more information.
I have been exploring fine silver and 24kt. gold foil in glass over the years and never tire from the results when I peak into the kiln the morning after working in my glass studio. I have always admired new and old Venetian glass beads for their intricacy and royal appeal, lavishly using gold and silver. The gold trapped inside the glass will last thousands of years and be passed from person to person over lifetimes and years. These beautiful objects that we make with precious and semi-precious materials make the world more mysterious and more human.
Can’t Stop Cuteness!
If you have ever looked through my website of jewelry at 3gracesjewelry.com you will notice many original fused glass pieces that look beautiful and unique, but I would never describe my design style as “cute” in any way, shape or form. Well, this Holiday season, my teaching assistant Lisa and I have been making fused glass Christmas ornaments that can only be described as “incredibly cute”. I personally feel that their “cuteness” comes from the fact that they look like American Folk Art-honest, colorful, and soulful. One can look at these Christmas ornaments and feel the human touch that makes them so unique and intriguing. After Lisa and I were hooked on making the ornaments I presented the idea of making them for gifts in the two glass classes held in November and December 2012 titled Fused Gifts of Glass. The students LOVED the idea of ornaments as much as we did and the designs that were created and later embellished with beads are sure to become treasured family heirlooms!
Healthy 15lb. Italian “Baby Boy” is born…
After class last Saturday I went to pick up the scrap glass tub and almost threw out my back when I discovered how heavy it was! Arriving home and weighing the tub determined it was a healthy 15lb. Italian Effetre/Moretti “baby boy”. Here he is in all his glory on the scale. I think I will rename the scrap bucket: Fabrizio.
Time for a Scrap Glass Class!
African Polygon Beading Class with Carol Cypher
Wow! What a weekend! As if a Website launch party is not enough, I signed up for a two day class with Carol Cypher (a very patient and funny beader) who was teaching African Polygon Stitch Beadwork. This seed beading technique uses needle and thread and multiple sizes (they can always get smaller!) of Japanese glass seed beads. The tiny seed beads are intricately woven into a tiny “basket” which can hold a cabochon, crystal, or stone. I did not pay attention in geometry class in High School and let me tell you it showed in my beadwork! One must think like a mathematician while weaving with the grace of a spider. Learning this new technique has me inspired to add glass!
Above is a photo Carol Cypher took of the beaded Swarovski Crystals the students each bezeled learning the African Polygon Stitch. My little beauty is the orange one in the lower left corner.
Website Launch Party at FAZE Boutique May 10, 2012
A special Thank You to all of my students, friends, family and staff at FAZE Boutique for coming out to support me and the launch of my brand new website: 3Gracesjewelry.com
I really appreciate your enthusiasm over my new designs and encouraging words which make me feel so blessed to be doing exactly what I love to do…making glass jewelry and teaching glass bead making. Thank you for the emails and for being part of a lovely Spring evening of celebration and friendship!
March 17th Fused Dichroic Glass Bead Making Class was a great day to spend with ten friends making glass and sharing creative moments together. If one of those friends happens to be your Mom, it’s probably because she saw you wear your fused glass jewelry and now she wants her own! There were stacks of sparkling dichroic glass, dichroic slide, and even some dichroic frit to play with. There is no better art therapy at the end of winter than to secure an entire day to just play with color and design and enjoy the creative process. Being proud of something you created with your own hands and sharing that gift is my favorite part of teaching. Welcome.