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June 2019 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

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

- Did you know ...

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Fresh From the Kiln:

Fresh from the kiln This is a fused glass confetti bowl made with pieces of luminescent glass in shades of blue and amber. The dark piece on one side is when the reaction of when the amber and blue mixed. You can also see the reaction when the amber and blue just touch (it literally looks like a line). It's a very heavy piece.

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Words in Glass

Words in Glass

Recently I had a request to carve a name into the back of glass. I tried a couple times but it kept being backwards.  So I did some tests. Now if I need the word to be on the front  of the glass I know how to put it and if it's on the back I know how to put it as well. As …Read more.

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Fused Glass Bookends

Fused Glass Bookends

One of my goals this year is to use products that I have on hand. The one I decided to use this month is my wood bookends. So I decided to use my luminescent glass and textured molds. The first one is a beautiful glass and I used my butterfly texture. The glass is opalescent vs transparent but I think …

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Fused Glass Flowers

Fused Glass Flowers

Last month I made a fused glass amber flower with luminescent glass. I liked it so much I thought I'd make another one well I ended up making three. This is my Amber flower I liked it so much I made a set of blues and green fused glass flower wall sculptures. The first fused glass flower is blue and …Read more.

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Glass eMotions in Ottawa

Glass eMotions in Ottawa

In my DYK (below) I wrote about my trip to Ottawa Canada this month. When I travel (for work or pleasure) I try to see something that’s glass related. When I asked my fused glass Facebook group they told me to visit Glass eMotions studio outside of Ottawa. The picture above is from Glass eMotion's website, it's from her back …Read more.

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D&L Fused Glass Classes

D&L Fused Glass Classes

I’ve been blogging about my fused class with Miriam in my last few blogs and before that I blogged about my class with Tonya. The 1 similarity with both classes is where I took the classes. It’s at D & L in Denver Colorado. I allow myself up to 3 glass classes a year but the more I take locally, …Read more.

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Playing Tourist in Denver

Playing Tourist in Denver

When I take a glass class in other locations I typically do some touristy things as well.  For Instance: When I took a class with Amanda Taylor in NY with my friends I went to Niagra Falls and Corning. When I took my classes with Bob Leatherbarrow in Salt Springs Island Canada I drove around the Island and saw the …Read more.

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My Fused Glass Class with Miriam

My Fused Glass Class with Miriam

As I mentioned in my last blog, I took a class with Miriam Di Fiore. I so loved this class for all of the reasons I wrote in my last blog and because of the fabulous pieces I made in class. Well here they are. This first one frustrated me to no end. At one point I wiped off the …Read more.

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Fabulous Glass class with Miriam Di Fiore

Fabulous Glass class with Miriam Di Fiore

Recently I took a great glass class with the world renown artist Miriam Di Fiore. She creates fabulous Glass landscapes that are just incredible. I have always been drawn to landscapes and especially Miriam’s glass landscapes. They are not just typical landscapes. Here are a few of Miriam’s landscapes she showed us. Aren’t they amazing. I can't carry a tune …Read more.

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A reminder for my local customers I don't have a scheduled Arts and Craft Show until July or August. However, I can still do home shows. The home shows can be tailored to what fused glass artwork you would like to see including, jewelry, snap jewelry, artwork, etc. 

Just for hosting a fused glass party at your house you'll earn free fused glass. For every 3 people (not counting me) at the party you earn $10 in free fused glass. Additionally you and all the people at the party will receive 15% off all purchases.

Just email elegantfusedglass@gmail.com and let me know you'd like to host a fused glass party. Let me know how many people you can accommodate and what type of fused glass artwork you'd like me to display.

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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 month I took a business trip to Ottawa, Canada. I did so much while I was in Ottawa I thought I’d do it as a DYK.  I also did a blog as well (see above).

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Ottawa is a beautiful city and the capital of Canada. I love the architecture of Ottawa. This is just one building that I found amazing.

They were preparing for Canada day, 1 July (which is equivalent to our 4th of July). A federal holiday, it celebrates the anniversary of July 1, 1867, (then called the British North America Act, 1867), which united the three colonies of the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. Which is also why the Major’s Hill park was closed. You may be impressed by how much I know but I didn’t know any of this until I went to Ottawa. BTW you may not know Ottawa is in the providence of Ontario. Ontario is one of 10 Providences (similar to our states) of Canada. It’s also one of the French speaking Providences.

The Parliament Hill (House of Commons and Senate) are amazing. They are getting ready for July 1st and Canada Day.

I also loved the monuments, especially the one for WW1 and the tomb of the unknown solider. It’s beautifully done and well respected.

Other buildings around Ottawa included the US Embassy (it’s meant to resembles a ship). This is the backside. The next picture is the front side.

The Nortre-Dame Cathedral Basilica is across the street from the Art Gallery. I didn’t go in but the outside is sure pretty.

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We walked down Sparks street several times and they were having a “rib fest”. It smelled so good, but it was extremely loud and very very very crowded. But it was fun seeing all the food and people.

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They have several canals & rivers. One of them by Parliament Hill had locks like the Panama Canal just on a much smaller scale. Side note, I was TDY (military speak for Temporary Duty) to Panama for 3 months many years ago and went to see the Panama Canal and in college wrote a paper on it, very impressive.

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Even though it was for work I took a couple extra days leave and brought my beautiful daughter with me (it was also her birthday).

She and I had High Tea at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier (it looks like a castle), it was fun but the room was a bit hot (or maybe it was the tea).

This is what high tea looks like, I loved all mine. She was a bit more picky but she enjoyed the experience.

The waitress even brought Sky a birthday mousse. So very thoughtful.

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Sky and I also walked down by the locks and took an aqua taxi to the Quebec side of the river. Yep Quebec is just a cross the river from Ottawa (something else I didn’t know). If you are ever in Ottawa I highly recommend taking the Aqua Taxi it was only $7 for adults and well worth it. Our captain circled in-front of the Rideau Canada Locks and the Parliament buildings and we got great pictures.

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While we were on the Quebec side we went to the National history museum. What a lovely place. So well done. I didn’t take a lot of pictures but we sure enjoyed it.

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Then we walked across the Alexandra bridge. Again fabulous views of the Ottawa River and Parliament Hill. BTW Ottawa was chosen to be the capital of Canada in 1857 by Queen Victoria. Evidently it wasn’t a popular decision. But I think it is a wonderful city.

Here you can see the locks and the Parliament building from the bridge.

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We also went to ByWard Market Square. I wasn’t as impressed by it as others. I’ve been to markets all over the world; London, Paris, Germany, Czech, Saudi, Qatar, etc., so for me this one just didn’t measure up, but it was a good place to get Maple syrup and maple candy and maple tea.

The ByWard Market was right across the street from the Rideau Centre (Mall). Our malls in Colorado Springs are struggling but this one is thriving. When I took my daughter there she shopped for quite some time and I got to people watch. Fascinating! BTW wonderful food court, with real silverware and dishes!

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We also went to the National Gallery of Canada. The building is very modern and beautiful. The spider is a bit creepy to me but then again I took several pictures of it so what does that say about me???

Some amazing works of art. I had so many pictures and it wasn't just paintings there were also sculptures and other kinds of art.

In addition to the artwork the building was fantastic. This is the ramp you walk up to get to the exhibits, it was incredible.

This is the dome from the inside. This picture doesn't do this amazing building justice.

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A couple weeks ago I watched a movie “A Woman in Gold” (based on a true story) about Maria Altman an elderly Jewish refugee and her lawyer who fought the government of Austria for almost a decade to reclaim the Gustav Klimt’s iconic painting of her aunt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I which was stolen by the Nazis in 1941. I loved the movie. It’s shocking to me that the Austrian Government fought so hard to not give her property back.

While I was in the National Gallery of Canada I was able to see three of Gustav Klimt’s artwork. Wow, just stunning. My favorite is the one called Hope I (1903). I just love it. First I don’t think I’ve ever seen a painting of a fully nude pregnant woman, second look at the faces around her head and now look at the determination on her face. Truly stunning artwork. Below is the entire painting. *if you get offended by the nude body don't look, it's art and it's beautiful!

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I did find one piece of glass art in the gallery. It’s probably flame-work and then pieced together as it is displayed. So elegant. It irritates the crap out of me that of all the beautiful art only one glass piece is in this gallery.

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Overall I loved Ottawa, the people were friendly and the city was lovely. However, one bit of advise if you fly back from Canada, do NOT fly home through Toronto. I have flown all over the world and I’ve never encounter such disregard for customers. We missed our flight out of Toronto because of how poorly it is organized from the security (rechecking carry-ons) to customs. It was absolutely horrible and I didn’t meet one worker that was not rude and unhelpful. I have 2 more trips planned in the next year to Ottawa and will not fly through Toronto either way. That being said the Ottawa airport was wonderful and very helpful.

I hope you don’t mind me talking about my trip to Ottawa. I love to travel and I like sharing my travels with y’all.  BTW the picture of Ottawa below is from my hotel.

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I love traveling but it's so great to be home. Aren't my mountains beautiful.

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