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March 2018 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- March Blogs * blogs will now only be on Elegant fused glass not Fused Elegance for more information read this blog.

- Did you know ...

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Fresh From the Kiln:

I love making fused glass sconces, so I thought I'd make a kind of different one. This fused glass sconce made with iridized glass. I intentionally fused with holes and over a textured mold. I love it and think it will look great with a candle behind it.

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Another Trip to Rhode Island

Another Trip to Rhode Island

I just got back from another trip to Rhode Island. What this means is I haven't had a chance to work on much glass. However, anywhere I go I look for glass. As I mentioned in my last blog about Rhode Island, they have some amazing glass in the hotel. My favorite is the chandlers made from recycled bottles.   …Read more.

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Fused glass - Mushrooms

Fused glass - Mushrooms

I've blogged about my fused glass mushrooms before but I just love them and thought I'd make some more. Some have clear bottoms, some have sandblasted bottoms and I made one with a green bottom. The bottoms are all recycled bottles. They come with fairy lights to make little night lights. So many different colors and techniques.       …Read more.

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Fused Glass Butterflies

Fused Glass Butterflies

I'm so in spring mode, albeit here in Colorado we don't always have a spring. Today was beautiful, but tomorrow it could be a blizzard.  Anyway, I just wrote a blog about my fused glass mushrooms and last month I wrote about fused glass garden stakes. So while I was making my mushrooms and the garden stakes I came a …Read more.

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Mosaic with a friend

Mosaic with a friend

In February I took a glass mosaic class at Full Spectrum in Colorado Springs. This month I decided I'd take another glass mosaic class and this time I bought a friend. Last time it was just tempered glass. This one actually included porcelain. Lela and I had a great time.  …Read more.

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Which do you like best?

Which do you like best?

February's Fresh From the Kiln I made a fused glass Spirit Tablet with a feather. I liked it so much that I made another one. The problem is I can't decide which fused glass piece to put in the middle. They are all made of glass and added gold. The seahorse, according to what is my spirit animal a seahorse …Read more.

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A myriad of fused glass techniques

A myriad of fused glass techniques

Each time I fire my kiln I try to put extra little fused glass pieces in the kiln so I have a full kiln. I thought I'd show you some. This first one is a refire of a beautiful piece with a decal I love the glass as well as the decal. It was too big for a night light …Read more.

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Fused Glass Presents for Madi

Fused Glass Presents for Madi

In my DYK for March's Fused Glass Newsletter I focused on my class with Laurie Spray. My second fused glass project was a present for my daughter. It was supposed to be for her 19th birthday; but I couldn't help giving it to her as soon as I got home.  She liked it, especially when I explained each section of …Read more.

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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.

This "Did you Know" is about my amazing class with Laurie Spray in Santa Cruz California. This is my 2nd class with Laurie and I just loved it. First, Laurie is a fabulous and giving instructor. Second Joel (her husband) is a great cook. Third reason is the location Santa Cruz is a great town, so pretty and right on the beach. Laurie and Joel lives in Bonnie Doon in the Woods - words can't describe how beautiful it is. Forth is the other students, Laurie keeps the number of students low (only 8 in this class). But these are wonderful and talented women. I learn as much from my fellow students as the class itself.  Last but not least I stay in a B&B and Patsy and Hans are great hosts, so nice and friendly, it's like visiting old friends. 

Clearly this won't be my last class with Laurie!

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The class was Laurie's Images class. I do images all the time but this class was just outstanding. The first fused glass piece we did was a sepia of my beautiful Granddaughter. Obviously I've done sepias many times before; however, Laurie doesn't skimp this is a huge piece.

My intent is to slump it so it stands on it's own.  The roses on the left are powder prints, I wish I would have used a better green for the leaves but it's still great. I also used cane, vitrigraph, and dots.

This next fused glass piece is a screen printing. Again this is a huge piece of glass. I made this piece for my daughter, she loves pooh bear. Laurie taught us how to make the screens and we got to make 5 included in the class. In case you didn't know that's quite a bit. If you look I used the colors because they are our favorite colors. The curly cue is a vitrigraph bulb.

I need to put a hanger on the back, but I'm very happy with this piece.

This fused glass piece is a powder print using stencil. I should have gone a little heavier but I think it looks great. I added vitrigraph again. This is actually a clear piece with iridize glass on the back. It's a really nice piece.

This is another fused glass screen print but in white verses black. I love bears and thought this would be popular in Colorado. The only thing wrong with this piece is I had my enamel too then so it's blurry a bit, I still think it's beautiful.

We also made these outstanding fused glass butterflies. LOVE them. They have magnets on the back so look great. Can't wait to make more of these.

This is a fused glass sandblast piece. I like it but it's a pain putting the design on.

This piece is hand drawn using enamels. Really like having this technique in my repertoire. It's not person, but I really like this technique.

This is the last fused glass piece we made in class. This has got 5 different techniques and  really like it. I need to do some cold working but I really love it. It's very thick so it stands on its own! I love elephants.

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So Laurie had us make 8 projects but, then she demo'd even more. As I mentioned she is a great instructor. I really enjoyed the class so very much. In fact, on the last day I'm like ok Laurie, which class is next for me? I have something in mind but it depends on my work schedule.

 

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Laurie is a fabulous artist and has glass all over her yard and house. I found myself walking around like I would a gallery! This one is of Laurie and me.

These are just some of Laurie's fused glass artwork in her house.

These are some of Laurie's yard art. I just love these, the color is amazing. She also made these where they sit on tables or hang on walls.

These are pieces Laurie has in her studio. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who has my artwork in my studio.

This is one of Laurie's combings and you can see her woods in the background

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BTW this is my view outside my B&B room! It's such a nice place.

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I figured I couldn't go to the California coast without a quick picture of the beach. Isn't it beautiful?

I hope ya'll do mind me showing off some of my pictures from London again. When I'm gone it makes it difficult to write blogs and DYK's for my newsletter. The triangle building is where we stayed in London. It was very nice and in walking distance from my conference. I love to travel and I'm blessed that I get to travel with my job. I love seeing glass everywhere I go, whether it's architectural or fused, or stained glass, it doesn't matter to me - I'm inspired by all glass!

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Here is a picture of my classmates. Darn I just realized Tish isn't in the picture. Tish was Laurie's TA and she was fabulous. I can't imagine doing this class without Tish, we were going 3 different ways and having Tish (an accomplished artist in her own right) help out. Anyway, these ladies are awesome, talented, and very sharing as well. We've already emailed each other asking this or that. Yep one of my favorite classes.

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