Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My New Stained Glass Studio

For years I have been developing my craft in the garage at my home. It's been a dark, cluttered, and inconvenient location to work sharing space with my husband's novelties and inventions. It has been uncomfortable and not the ideal place to create. I have always dreamed of having my own place to establish myself and my work. A type of sanctuary to be inspired and to work off of those inspirations.

The "before" photo. My previous work space.

Today that dream came true! My former computer room from inside of our home has been converted into a new working studio. I now have a clean, spacious, and well-lit place to create and call my own. I completed the space with details that would make my area more organized such as using pegboard and tool magnet strips and more functional by placing my glass near the natural light. I now have an additional table set up just for miscellaneous use so I can accomplish whatever task that comes my way. 

The "after" photo. My new stained glass studio.

Today I have the confidence that I can turn out pieces faster and complete more quality work....Which makes me a happy artist. I am looking forward to making more unique, one-of-a-kind arrangements for people to enjoy.    

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Holiday Marketplace Sample Piece

Here is a sample piece that I have finished for the Holiday Marketplace that is taking place this November. I call this type of art "Hanging Gardens". These window hangings are fun to make because all of the various shapes and sizes involved. I have the freedom to arrange the pieces, angles and trim as I want and use mostly scrap glass I have left over from other projects. On this particular piece I decided to accent decorative straw as a ribbon to highlight the shine of the glass. I recommend experimenting with different mediums with your glass work or whatever your craft may be. I often use sea shells and gems.

I call this piece "Pick My Petunia".

Exciting News

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog. I am pleased to announce that I have been officially invited to become a part of the Holiday Marketplace this year. It will be held in Portland, OR at the end of November this holiday season. It is well known throughout the Northwest for featuring upscale and stylish handmade products from over 250 vendors from around the area. Goods include everything from homemade soaps and candles, fine jewelry, knitted blankets, children's toys, gourmet food and beverage items, wood products, pottery, clothing and accessories and glass art just to name a few.

Selling my stained glass in this type of venue will be new for me. I typically have commissioned my work through word of mouth thanks to friends and family so this will be a learning experience for me. With the help of Craft Inc. written by Meg Mateo Ilasco I'm well on my way to becoming a success.