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August 2019 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- Aug Blogs * blogs are only Elegant fused glass not Fused Elegance for more information read this blog.

- Did you know ...

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Last year I was asked my several of my customers to put out my show schedule. This section is doing just that, the craft shows I’m participating in for 2019 are the following:

3-4 Aug - Woodland Park’s Mountain Artist - **this weekend**

13-15 Sep - Holly Berry’s Rockledge Ranch - Coming up this month!

9 Nov - Liberty High School

23 Nov - Rampart High School

7-8 Dec - Doherty High School

I’m going to do a special prize for anyone who visits me (or my booth) during each event (no purchase necessary). I'm also going to give a discount if you come to 3 of my 5 shows. The discount is 30% off any item in my booth. You will get your discount during my last show i.e., Doherty. How exciting is that! Can you tell how much I’ve missed you?

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Holly Berry's Show: 13-15 Sep

Holly Berry's Show: 13-15 Sep

A little information for Holly Berry’s Rockledge Ranch show - on 13-15 Sep There are four key things you need to know about the Holly Berry’s Rockledge Ranch show: 1st it has a cost - $6 for adults and $5 for seniors (Children 6-12 yrs is $2) 2nd I have a business trip from 22 Aug to 15 Sep so …

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What did I buy in Prague?

What did I buy in Prague?

As I mentioned in my DYK below I recently went to Prague in the Czech Republic. I also wrote about my trip to Ruckl Glass Factory in Nizbor (close to Prague). Anyway I wanted to share with you some of the things I bought while I was in Prague. Below are the 2 pieces I bought from the Ruckl factory. …Read more.

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Ruckl Glass Factory - Nizbor

Ruckl Glass Factory - Nizbor

The day before I left Prague I went to heaven or Ruckl glass factory (same thing for a glass artist). Now I’ve seen blown glass all over the world including Murano, Corning in New York, the Black Forest in Germany, and even in Finland in my 20’s. I even blew glass in Oregon and in Rhode Island. But the Ruckl …Read more.

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Woodland Park - Fantastic Customers!

Woodland Park - Fantastic Customers!

My fourth and final Woodland Park Blog. I know I've been talking a lot about my Woodland Park show and it's because it was a wonderful show. First, I want to thank my customers. Thank you for your support and for loving my glass like I do. I must have given away 20 or more small dishes during my give …Read more.

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So is my fused glass Buddha Male or Female?

So is my fused glass Buddha Male or Female?

I've written blogs about my "Buddhas" a couple of times: March 2019 and Nov 2017. I love them but they do take a bit of work. I made a few new ones for my 2019 season. I make 3 versions, the full version on the left, the partial in the middle, and one of just the face on the right. …Read more.

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Woodland Park Show - Artists

Woodland Park Show - Artists

When I am at a craft fair I always walk around and buy something from a fellow artist. I do this for a couple of reasons; 1st I love all kinds of art, 2nd I like to practice what I preach - buy art from real artist not mass produced, 3rd there is so many amazing artists out there who …Read more.

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Woodland Park - Mountain Arts Festival Winner

Woodland Park - Mountain Arts Festival Winner

As you know, I do a drawing for those who sign up for my newsletter during each of my shows, including this weekend's Mountain Arts Festival in Woodland Park.  The winner of the $25 of free fused glass for the Mountain Arts Festival drawing is Vick. I have emailed them and wrote how they can collect their prize of $25 …Read more.

 

**I haven't heard from Vick So if you signed up for my newsletter at last months Woodland Park show. Please email me.

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Did you know ...

This section is used to answer any questions you may have or to pass on tidbits of information that add value and enhance knowledge regarding fused glass, metals, or jewelry in general. Let me know if you have anything you'd like me to include.

For my "did you know" this month I want to talk about a trip I took in July to Prague in the Czech Republic.

As most of you know I have a job that allows me to travel quite a bit. In fact this year I went to England (London), Canada (Ottawa), and in July I also went to Germany (near Ramstein, Air Base). I had a little free time in London and same with Ottawa to sight-see, but 10-11 hour work days prevented any free time in Germany. Which is difficult for me because I just adore Germany, it always takes me back to when I was stationed there in my 20s (Buchel) and in my 30s (Stuttgart). Anyway I digress, I knew it was going to be busy so I decided to take a couple of days and go to Prague in Czech after my business trip was completed.

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I went to Prague when I was stationed in Stuttgart (20 years ago) and I just fell in love. Here is a picture of my mom, daughter, and me in the old town square back in 2000.

The old town square and St Charles bridge are just beautiful. I also remember the glass. I bought so much glass from Czech when I was there the first time. Yes, that’s before I started making glass. I've always loved glass, that's why I'm so glad I learned how to make it.

Here is a picture on Charles Bridge from 2000. I so loved all the artist on the bridge.

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I’ve always loved glass. I have some from all over the world, and I just love the Czech glass. This is one of my favorite pieces I bought in Czech from 2000. While I was there I found out that the company went out of business.  So many glass companies are going out of business both here and evidently in Czech and it makes me so sad. I think it's because people just buy from Pier 1 or Hobby lobby, but it's not the same as real glass art. Those places the glass is mass produced. I make each piece and each piece is unique.

Here is another small glass vase I bought years ago while I was in Czech. That's hand painted.  I so love Glass. Isn't it amazing?

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Anyway I decided to go back to Prague and look at it through my new glass artist eyes.

I took a short 1 hr flight from Frankfurt to Prague then an Uber (I didn’t want to take the train & tube with my luggage). My airbnb was pretty close to the town square. It was a small place but I loved how close I was to downtown and the river.

I went to the visitor information office. Got the train info to Nizbor where the Rückl glass factory is. (I had already scheduled a tour).

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There wasn’t as much glass shops as I remembered but I went into as many as could. As I have mentioned before there are are several different types of glass (stained, blown, flameworked, and of course my favorite kilnworked (fused). The glass in Czech is mostly blown, lead crystal and very thick. Here are some of the glass that I got to see. Isn't it fabulous! How I just LOVE glass.

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Then I set off to explore the city. First thing I noticed is it’s much more crowded than it was 20 years ago. And much more expensive, but it is still charming (if you can look past the graffiti everywhere). I still love the town square and the Prague Astronomical clock.

 

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First I walked a lot I saw old town, the clock, and of course CHARLES bridge. BTW the Green Statues are the originals and the lighter ones are remakes of the statues that were there.

This is before you get on the bridge.

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On the bus trip we went up to the castle, I didn’t have time to go in but it was a pretty view and amazing architecture.

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I also took a boat ride the “Devil's Channel Cruise”, I really recommend this one because the boat was small and our captain was very knowledgeable and friendly.

Most of my trip was just walking around enjoying Prague. I just found the river fascinating.

 

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I really was drawn to the Vltava river in Prague. It's so beautiful. Here are just a couple more of my favorite shots of the river.

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I hope y'all don't mind me showing off some of my pictures from my wonderful trip to Prague.

I hate taking selfies, but here are a couple of pictures of me in Prague. *notice my fused glass necklace. I can't tell you how many compliments I received on my glass.

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Don't forget the Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival is held annually at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site in the spectacular Garden of the Gods Park.  Bring your card. I also decided if people only come to 3 of the shows they will still get a bigger discount at the Doherty show than normal.

Friday, September 13, 2019 … 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Saturday, September 14, 2019 … 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday, September 15, 2019 … 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Admission Rates

Adult $6.00
Seniors $5.00
Children (6-12 years) $2.00

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