Quintessential Me

Last week I blogged about my tendency to go off in a myriad of directions - especially when I start to feel like I have been pigeonholed into a specific style. I definitely do this. Versatility as an artist isn't a bad thing.

But let's be honest. No matter how much I like to branch out, stretch my wings, and try new techniques ... I always come back to my 'signature' style. Has there ever been a set of beads that so perfectly captures all things me?

THIS. IS. IT. The quintessential Leslie beads. Striped sprees in bright colors with fun colorful accent beads to seal the deal. Yep. Anybody who has followed my work over the last 12 years would take one look at these and know they were mine.

What can I say? I am a creature of habit after all ...

Vintage Denim

If there was a spectrum for adult ADHD I am pretty sure I would land on it somewhere. Not enough to be diagnosed with actual ADHD, but seriously ... SQUIRREL!

Every time I begin to have a 'signature' style or color combination I suddenly lose interest and am onto the next thing. And the next. I get bored so easily that I frustrate myself and then I step away from the torch.

It always amazes me to see the large sets other glass artists put together. I wonder how on earth they can sit down and make 20 of the exact same bead. It is something I have challenged myself with often.

My latest series on color families has helped me to finally achieve this goal. It worked in combination with my other mission to clear out my studio of all 'odds and ends' colors to focus on my stock color palettes.

I had 2 rods left of this mystery light blue and decided to pair it with silvered ivory, amber, and brown. I also had a mystery jar of frit with all these same colors so they naturally w…

April Snow

I was perusing my blog the other day and was amused (annoyed) at how much I talk about the weather. Not just a little. A lot. Pretty sure half my blog posts have some mention of the weather. Lame.

It was only fitting I name these beads after the latest weather phenomenon. Even Twitter was trending with #AprilSnow last week. Because of said [April snow] I was in the studio making beads instead of playing outside in the yard preparing for my garden.

These colors are a play on their namesake. Pea green and violet are for the lovelies that should be coming up from the ground dotting my yard with sprinkles of color in April. Icy blue is for the reality of what is actually my yard right now ... snow and ice. Sigh.

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These are my happy colors. I mean how can you not smile when you look at these beads? Sunny orange, bright blue, spring green ... they just ooze happiness.

I bring you another set from my new series focusing on color families.
What I love about these is the concentration on just a few colors that compliment each other. My primary focus is on shaping the glass and alternating between opacity and transparency - letting the beauty of each color stand on its own and join forces with the other two.

Clearly I was fantasizing about the return of summer as I was making these. Come soon summer. We miss you.

Color Families

Spring has arrived! Or so the calendar says. Judging by the amount of snow still on the ground and the inch that fell this morning, I call BS.

Warmer weather, however, has definitely arrived. The days of sub-zero, suck-the-life-right-out-of-you temperatures are behind us. That means I can dust off and fire up the torch.

After a 3 month hiatus I decided to play around with some variety shapes, staying within a color family. Normally I stick to a specific style when making sets, but this time I decided to focus on the colors as a whole and the joy of shaping.

The spring green reacted with itself and made for some lovely striations, while the turquoise left trails of tiny bubbles that some may consider a flaw - but I find add character. Purple was the natural choice to complete the trifecta and bring them together as a set.

I find I often work in trios of colors - although usually all within the same bead. This was a lot of fun and I have a feeling these kind of sets will be showing up i…

Winter Sabbatical

We have been in a deep freeze for so long that I haven't lit the torch since mid-December, the last day the temperatures were reasonable. Then we plunged into the negatives and I went into hibernation. Because what else can you possibly do when it is that ridiculously cold besides curl up into a ball under as many wool blankets as you can find?

If you know me, or have followed my blog for any length of time, you will know I like to complain about the weather. A lot. Too much. That will probably never change. Until I finally move someplace warm. Someday. #whydoilivehere

After experiencing studio withdrawals my sweet husband reminded me we have a space heater. Praise God for secondary heating devices. Still too cold to light the torch [the exhaust fan would freeze me out in 10 minutes or less], but definitely warm enough to cut some glass and fire up the fusing kiln.

So I decided to get my glass fix on by making some new night lights exploring the techniques I used for the chandelie…

Glass Disks

I have been a long time fan of famous glass mastermind Chihuly. I saw his work for the first time in a garden exhibit on an overseas trip to London with my mom. We were in complete awe over just how majestic and fanciful it all was.

What really captured my heart was the masterpiece on display at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas. I could have camped out on the floor and stared at the ceiling all day long if they would have let me.

I cannot deny the influence it has had on my own glass work - though on a much smaller scale. No room for crucibles and glassblowing equipment in my tiny urban home studio.

My latest obsession is making glass disk beads and then wire-wrapping them into earrings. So much fun color and movement packed into such a tiny little package. They remind me of the colorful blown glass disks I love so much. Pretty sure I am going to be making these in every color combination possible.

Some of these already listed in my Etsy shop. Others will be there soon. And many more s…