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June 2018 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- June's 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:

Here is one of my new pieces but I'm not going to tell you how it was created yet. I will soon but for now I just think it's beautiful.

 

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Follow-up to Fused Glass Hotel Plates

Follow-up to Fused Glass Hotel Plates

  I promised to keep ya’ll informed regarding my progress on my big order for the hotel in Florida. As I’ll discuss later in June’s newsletter I had a business trip to Germany which would have put me severely behind in my progress. So I decided to teach my husband how to take out the fused glass plates and put …Read more.

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Finishing Fused Glass Earrings

Finishing Fused Glass Earrings

When I go on a trip I always try to do something glass related. If there isn’t any glass related activity close by typically bring things with me to finish. Did I mention I have a bad habit of starting fused glass projects and not finishing them? One of the worse things I procrastinate about is making earrings. I make …Read more.

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Fused Glass Bubble Earrings

Fused Glass Bubble Earrings

Before I left for my business trip I had a special custom order a pair of fused glass earrings. I’ve used the fused glass bubble technique before but I had never made a pair of earrings with the technique. I did finish them before I sent them, I just didn't take a picture. I was trying to match an orphan …Read more.

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Another Trip wonderful to Germany

Another Trip wonderful to Germany

For those who follow me know I travel a lot with my job. This month I went to Germany. It was a busy trip, but I did get to have a little bit of fun so I thought I'd write a blog about it.   When I'm on my trips I don't always get to do much glass so I …

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Side trip to Burano Italy

Side trip to Burano Italy

While I was on Murano (See the DYK) I decided to go to the island of Burano. It’s a small island only about 30 minutes away from Murano with very colorful houses. It started as a fishing village and has a museum of lace! Even though Burano is known for lace there are also some glass shops. I’m sure you …

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Glass bought while I was in Murano Italy

Glass bought while I was in Murano Italy

As I talked about in my DYK, I took a trip to Murano Italy. I loved it. Even though I make fused glass I still bought quite a bit of glass while I was in Murano. First I bought some things for Madi, of course she's not into jewelry so it was a bit tough. I bought a couple of …Read more.

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Glass from other Places

Glass from other Places

While I was in Murano looking at all the glass it reminded me of all the glass I've bought from all the other places I've been. One of the first places I've ever seen glass blowing was in Sweden the first time I was stationed in Germany back in 1990. The glass blower made little birdies. Also this cool cracked …Read more.

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My Fused Glass

My Fused Glass

In my last blog I talked about all the glass I purchased over the years. As I was walking around my house I also other glass I bought made. I have quite a bit so I may have to break it down into different categories. First, functional pieces. First in my kitchen I have my fused glass ring dish by …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.

Since I was already in Europe after my business trip, I thought I’d go somewhere that I’ve wanted to go since I started making glass. Murano Italy and of course wanted to do a DYK about my trip.

The last time I went to Venice was when my daughter was 6 months old. We took a bus tour to Venice, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Pompei, etc. But I never made it to Murano.  Here is a picture of me and Madi when she was 6 months old.

To say I loved Murano would be an understatement. Part of me wished my daughter and husband were with me but to be honest, they would not have liked it as much as I loved it.

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Three days to look at glass to really enjoy the shops and the factories.Murano is a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. It lies about 0.9 miles north of Venice with a population of just over 5,000.  It is famous for its glass making. It's a place most glass artists want to go. I was in heaven other than the massive blisters on my feet from all the walking.

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The first day I was there I just walked around looking at the shops. I loved all the shops, sadly most stores don’t like it when you take photos so I don’t have a lot of pictures to show you. I loved the shops

I went back to this factory a few times. They had some amazing bowls.

This was a beautiful piece. All glass!

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I also got to watch a few glass blowers. One of my favorites glass blowers was my first one.  I liked it for several reasons it was just me, the master artist (George), and the guide (Fabio). He was great.

When I told Fabio I was a fused glass artist he went into more detail about glass and Venice and and the amazing history of Murano. George made a blown glass and then a small horse sculpture.

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It must have been horse day because I watch 2 or 3 being made by various blowers. I also got to see a few vases. Most glass blowers had an assistant. However, one place I went there were 3 blowers and one would start and the next would do his part and the next would do theirs. It was pretty cool like it was choreographed.

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There was also a female blower at my last place and she didn’t have an assistant. She made a heart, a glass, and a flat platter. What I loved about watch the glass blowers is I watch their movements and it it’s so similar to when I worked with the two glass blowers. Even though it’s the same technique I never get tired of watching.

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In addition to watching the Glass Blowers I got to watch two flame-work artists. This artist made the most amazing and the tiniest flame-worked pieces. I bought a tiny turtle.

This talented young man made glass pens. I must have bought 4 or 5. Some for Madi and some for me. It was really great watching him do his flamework magic.

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I also went to the glass museum and even though it was small I enjoyed it. They had a great selection of murrini in addition to some beautiful pieces of glass art.


This is me in the foyer of the museum. I so enjoyed the museum. So many different types of glass.

One of my favorite pieces in the museum, such detail and the colors were amazing.

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Besides the shops and the museum there were other huge pieces of glass art out and about. Here are a couple of my favorites.This was huge and so very cool!

Loved this angel, she's huge and so pretty. All made of glass!

Ironically I just loved the glass around the tree.

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Believe it or not I didn’t just see glass in Murano. It’s a beautiful city with old buildings, bridges, and churches. It’s a great place and I loved the simple beauty of the streets and buildings. I also liked all the boats and no cars no bikes just narrow paths and canals.

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