|Slumped and Fused Art|
Lately I've got a bad habit of waiting 'til the last possible moment to write my monthly blog, through no fault of my own. Hectic doesn't begin to accurately describe what this month has been like for us in the Studio. First we had to prepare new art pieces to participate in a local art show, then create custom commissions for clients, then stock and restock all our ornaments that we are shipping through our Etsy storefront. Not to mention create custom blown ball ornaments for clients both local and across the country. I'm getting that stress knot in my stomach that tends to inflame around this time of the year. I suppose I need to focus on the end results, which is, that we are constantly validated these days both in the art world, and our home grown business. Makes it easier to lose sleep over I suppose.
|Our large Ornament rack holds lots of unique ornaments.|
|Set up for a local art show in November|
We created a fun fused coaster set out of different hues and shades of red.
|Red glass fused coasters|
Bigger and more unique wildlife pieces were sculpted in the lamp working flames, like the pieces shown below.
|Blown glass Owl on Manzanita Burlwood|
|A crystal clear trout making a glass splash out of the water|
|Blown glass Moose in Cattails|
|Sandblasted Mountain Goat on a glass rock ledge|
While our Wildlife scenes are always popular, Russ went outside his comfort zone with soft glass, and spent hours and hours creating the Aspen scene below. A nice, thick piece was created by added layer after layer of various colors. The real Aspen log set it off perfectly. Definitely one of the more intense pieces created to date.
|Slumped and Fused Aspen Art Work|
A real piece of Aspen bark was also used to help create a mold for the unique slumped and fused piece below. A light adds a soft touch to it.
|Another unique glass Aspen piece|
Russ was really pushed to his creative limits on the piece below. A client wanted a type of Salvidor Dali inspired piece of art work. This piece really moved me, almost to tears, as he described his inspiration behind it. Hours and hours of intense kiln time and flame working time were spent on it. Both ourselves and our client were extremely pleased with the outcome.
|This piece has many interpretations and levels to it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.|
Another couple of unique projects are wrapping up this month, as two different clients wanted us to create their logos on the inside of their custom blown balls. Inserting the logo inside the ornament gives it a kind of floating-in-air impression. Lots of time and effort is being spent to get it to look just right. Hoping they are both happy with the outcome.
|Custom made blown ball ornaments|
And of course, what would this time of year be like without our trusty source of income, affordable Christmas ornaments. These happy snowmen are just about to be fired in the kiln.
|Slumped and Fused Glass Snowman Ornaments|
Now if you will excuse me, I've got to rush to the Post Office to ship yet another car load of glass goodies. I need 4 sets of hands to get it all done!
|Many packages waiting to be shipped out all across the country.|