We had a fantastic plant stake and lantern workshop this weekend! I've included a few pics below, but these are only a few of the great creations these students have created. This was the first time I offered a lantern workshop, but it will not be the last. The possibilities are endless! Think about changing the lantern panes each season. Fun, fun, fun!! I missed those of you who couldn't make it. Maybe next time!
Well, the time has come and I'm busy creating special ornaments nonstop (it seems!) for two special catalogs this year! I've been creating for Uno Alla Volta for about ten years now! You should definitely check out their catalog--some beautiful offerings from artisans around the world!
THIS YEAR I have a new account, Artful Home! Yesterday I shipped their initial order of 50 cardinals and 50 angels, which they have named "Seraphim"! I love that name, don't you? I'm excited to share some new creations for them and to establish a new working relationship with such a beautiful catalog!
It occurred to me that you might find it interesting how I actually pack the ornaments for shipping. Below is an image showing how I carefully place each ornament on a cardboard backing and then tape the heck out of it to keep them from moving or hitting each other!! lol Then, loads of bubble wrap and peanuts later, VOILA! The box is ready to ship! Yesterday, it took two boxes....
Here's to a busy and beautiful holiday season!
Last weekend was so much fun! With only six gals here, I had extra time to spend with each one. Some of the ornaments were darling. I am going to show just a few, all of which were made by my students! Hope you enjoy!
In a recent workshop, I mentioned that I had been researching how to paint silk scarves with alcohol ink. Inevitably, we all became enthusiastic about the possibilities!! My main concern had been the challenge of "setting" the alcohol inks so the colors didn't bleed and end up on one's neck or clothes!! LOL
After a little bit of urging--well, Very Little Urging-- I promised we would do an impromptu workshop the next weekend and see what happened. Well....I'm so very thrilled to tell you that we created some FABULOUS and UNIQUE and WEARABLE silk scarves! What a journey these alcohol inks have brought to me. I'm anxious to hear what you think.
Here is a compilation of some of the scarves we created. Which is your favorite??
Well, Spring is here in all its glory and whether you celebrate Passover, Easter, Spring or the change of season (for my friends Down Under!), this time of year always makes me Happy(ier). Enjoy the change in weather, get out and be with your friends and family, and if you like Bunnies and Peeps, well, it's all there for the taking!!
I've always been intrigued with the beauty of sand dollars. I found my first one as a girl near our beach house in South Carolina and I was hooked! The folklore that surrounds the sand dollar is filled with evidence of our world being created by a Supreme Being.
Two stories stand out about the Sand Dollar. The first legend is that sand dollars are the coins of mermaids that are accidentally dropped and come ashore. Isn't that fun? The second involves breaking open the sand dollar (not me, no!) and always finding five "doves". As you may know, doves are signs of peace. Isn't that pretty wonderful?!
So, in honor of my love for sand dollars, I am creating Sand Dollar Bowls. They come in lots of sizes and colors, but each one is unique and absolutely wonderful! What do you think?
Another Friday morning at the beach! How marvelous the clouds are today! We're currently between storm systems, so it is beginning to cool down, but before then, let's enjoy the warmth of the day!
Yesterday I taught a Mixed Media Altered Book Session for a favorite student. We had so much fun that I was inspired to do my own "book"! I've posted it here for you to see. Note the fused dichroic kimono which I created and then cut into the book in order to inset it. The rest of the covering are various torn sheets of washi paper and alcohol ink paintings. This is such a fun art activity! I will definitely be doing more of this in the future!!
The other day a dear friend of mine shared that she had changed the way she answered the question, "How are you today?" When I heard her answer, it changed forever the way I think about that perfunctory question we ask our friends and family and, well, almost everyone we meet! I wonder, how do you answer this?
My answer has always been "Great!" or "Good!!" or "Doin' OK!" Why have I used these answers without thinking?? Because I don't really want to think about how I truly do feel, let alone share that with someone else. It's so much easier just saying those positive words, and truth be told, I do believe that when I say them often enough, I do feel better than I might have felt before the question. Does this make sense?
However, this winter I have been concentrating on what is GOOD in my life and what I have to be THANKFUL for. There are have been some recent personal setbacks and rather than dwell on them, I believe this is the best way to remind myself how really lucky I actually am!
Therefore, when my friend answered my question of "How are you today?" with "GRATEFUL!" I was pretty gobsmacked. What a glorious way to remind myself so often that I truly am blessed and grateful for many many things.
So, the next time you see me, please ask me how I am!! I am a work in progress, but I hope to be able to tell you "grateful" and remind myself of at least one happiness in my life I am grateful for.
I've been thinking about next Christmas a LOT! It's that time of year when I need to send out samples of some new creations. So, here are a few of my offerings. I'd love to hear what you think about them, and which one is your favorite. Let me know! I'll tell you my favorite next time I post, and why it is!!
While I'm at it, I would also love to hear from all of you what you'd like to see me create. Many times, my customers and friends are the best catalyst for me to imagine new offerings. Please contact me and give me your thoughts.
The last few days have been busy with creating journaling and/or art books! They are so much fun. Literally, anything goes! I am looking forward to more hours in playing with mixed media and seeing where it leads me! Here are some examples of students' work! Next time I will post and discuss my own journey into book cover designing!!
I woke up this morning to bright sunlight, sparkling ocean water waves, and the first Pawleys Shell I've found in months!! A great day so far.
Pawleys Shells are very special. They are "different" than most shells one finds. One difference is in their horizontal ridges (most shells have vertical ridges).
When I first moved here, I lived for my beach walks (hasn't changed!) and finding these beautiful shells. To document my new journey that first year I wrote one or two words along with the date. With each shell I found, I began to shed my anger, my broken heart, my fear of the future.
These shells have helped me heal in so many ways BECAUSE Pawleys Shells and I are kindred spirits! When I find a Pawleys Shell I am reaffirmed. I am different, but I survive. I am unique, and most of all, I am loved by many whose lives I am part of! Thank you, Mother Nature, for sending me signs of love and encouragement!
Another year is upon us and I am thrilled to say goodbye to last year and greet 2017 with open arms! So many wonderful times, but also much conflict, sweat and tears! This will be a truly "heartfelt year of adventure" for me and any others I encounter along the way.
So, let's dust off our brain cobwebs and get to work on creating a continuing adventure in Loving and Living and Laughing! Not necessarily in that order.....
I so look forward to sharing my journey with you this year and hope we can all grow as citizens of the universe working together for the common good!
Having recently subscribed to Netflix, I have been obsessed these past three weeks with Diana Gabaldon's The Outlander series of books which have been translated into a rich, evocative and welcoming TV series. I watched the first season and couldn't stop seeing in my mind's eye the luscious greens and reds and, well, all the colors that the Scottish landscape shared onscreen! I highly recommend reading The Outlander series first and then start enveloping yourself in the rich imagery and invigorating experiences of the TV series.
I can see Jamie and Claire in my mixed media paintings below! I hope you will enjoy these imaginings as much as I have enjoyed creating them!!
My ALL SEASON ORNAMENTS are now available for purchase ONLINE. Look at this cute jellyfish. Wouldn't he be fun hanging in your window??
My daily beach walks offer endless inspiration, and Mother Nature's bright colors and wonderful designs beg to be made into ornaments! These kiln fired glass ornaments are suitable for year round use. Hang my whimsical art ornaments in your window, or other light filled location, and enjoy the magic of color and light all year long!
I create each ornament myself, with hand cut glass elements and color changes in the design details. The fused glass ornaments undergo changes during the kiln firing process, and that leads to subtle variations from piece to piece. I hand finish the ornaments with my specialty wire wrapping and bead work - unique to each piece. My caring, time intensive process guarantees that each ornament is one-of-a-kind, and in keeping with that, every ornament is hand signed on the back. When you order a SUZ! GLASS DESIGNS JELLYFISH ORNAMENT there will be an element of beautiful surprise to the piece - one of the delightful qualities inherent in purchasing unique art works!
- DIMENSIONS: Approximately 5 x 7 Inches (not including additional wire hanger length).
- Ornaments are packaged individually, and come with information about the creation of the piece and its maker.
- Due to exhibitions, workshop scheduling, glass availability and firing schedules, it can take up to 7-21 days for me to fill an order. Please allow for 7-21 days for delivery. Thanks!
Another year is upon us, and I am thrilled! Last year was somewhat of a new beginning for me, as I started experimenting with "painting"! Alcohol Ink Painting! And, I love it!! This year I plan to incorporate some of this new love into my lifelong love of Glass and see what I come up with!! I hope you will travel along with me on this never-ending journey!!
This time of year is always exciting for me!! As I frantically make, fire, wire wrap, box and package my beloved ornaments for the season, my brain is going crazy with NEW ideas for hanging creations!! Check back in a few days to see some new designs, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some NEW iIMAGES of my ChrisMoose and my Dancing Stars! These smile evoking pieces are making their way to the Blue Ridge Mountains tomorrow!
For several years I've been trying to find a way to incorporate some of my daily "sea treasure finds" into pieces of art by Suz! I think I've come very close today and I'm thrilled. As you know, I love creating my ornamental hanging glass pieces, especially those that speak to me from my local environment of the beach. I have now found a way of doing that, and one that pleases my sense of aesthetic! Yea!!! Now, the question remains, will it please my clients and my friends?? I hope so. I have a good feeling about this, and I plan to continue.
As you see in the two images, for these first two pieces, I have used dried sea urchin shells along with Pawleys Island shells (Venus Imperial Clam shells). Each of these I have found during my daily beach walks and have preserved for the last eight years--waiting until now to be presented with my fused glass wave hangings.
Stay tuned for more images and to see the evolution of my new passion!!
We are busy preparing for this out of the box workshop! Using glass powders of various consistencies, each person will create a unique and colorful and stupendous work of art! I can hardly wait!!
POWDERS TECHNIQUES CLASS
SATURDAY/SUNDAY, May 30-31
Sarinda is recognized world wide for her work with powders and layers of fused glass. To have her here at Suz! Glass Designs sharing her distinctive techniques is so exciting!! On Saturday and Sunday we will be focusing on color and form – starting with some time spent on our local beach for inspiration. Then we will be converting that inspiration into layers of glass and powder. We will be learning some basics about chemical reactions, and we will learn tons about how color and glass work together. Our layers of glass and powder will go through at least two kiln firings. The end result will be the creation of a three-dimensional image made from at least four layers of glass and powder fused into a 4"x4" glass block. By the end of this workshop you will have created a unique sculptural paperweight loaded with complex color. This is a not-to-be-missed experience for anyone who finds themselves drawn to the way glass dances with color!