|"Hiding in the Woods"|
If you know anything about me, you know that October is my favorite "color". 😊 And some of this month's glass creations just happened to reflect some of those vivid orange, red, and yellow hues of Autumn, currently on full display in many of our forests. The Slumped and Fused piece pictured above is nestled in a Birch branch.
|Idaho's Fall Colors|
Also residing in the Autumn foliage are a good number of mule deer and some white tail deer. Russ sculpted the mighty Buck pictured below, and placed it on an antler.
|The Mighty Buck|
I also finished a bunch of bright red blown glass chili ristras for a customer this month.
|Glass Chili Ristras|
The slumped and fused vase below incorporated just about every color on the spectrum.
|Colorful Fused Glass Vase|
This next creation wasn't inspired by the beauty of the Fall scenery. However, this month Russ was driven to create the piece below because of what has been going on with the political discourse in our country. His thought process went along the lines that the issues we are facing are not just a matter of "Black and White." Labels continue to tear us apart..... "Right vs. Left," "Wealthy vs. Impoverished," "Straight vs. Gay", "Christian vs. Agnostic," etc. etc. If we don't get our collective acts together soon, and figure out how to work together instead of continuing with the current polarization going on, our Democracy could melt into an uncertain future. What if we worked harder at embracing each other's ideas and worked towards solutions for the common good. After all, "the future is in our hands" to create a colorful, healthy and vibrant America, and remember what it really means to be a great country. Lately it seems we have lost our way, it's time to get back on track.
(A little back story on the creation below.)
|"The Future is in our Hands"|
The many layers in the fused piece below were another October creation.
|Multi colored fused glass plate|
To end a very busy month of October, Russ is taking on a rather large endeavor. There are many layers and contours to fill in with this project.
|A work in progress|
There have been multiple firings in the kiln, of this Crested Crane, and Russ is working on the background environment. Still a work in progress.
|Many firings in our kiln until it's complete, stay tuned.|
Well, that's a wrap for this month. Looking forward to the little ghosts and goblins coming around to trick or treat. That reminds me, I better get some pumpkins carved. Yikes!
|Pumpkins from our garden.|