It’s not just glass …

So, I’ve spent the last two days taking photos and sitting at the computer, uploading and entering data … not really my idea of fun.  The good news – my etsy shop more than doubled in inventory … the bad news – I think my arse is permanently fused to this seat.

Just kidding – I have been prepping blanks for the next big slumping; working on more badge reels and pendants; playing at the ring saw – cutting pretty small pieces;  rough cutting my next night light; and got all of my magnets fired, cleaned and stored …

And! (I know! – right?!), I attended a seven hour seminar (in the MORNING) on becoming a Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) nurse … to go along with my Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) role … I asked if they would consider changing the ‘T’ in DART to an ‘N’ (for nurse), so that I could officially be called that “DARN SANE nurse” … we’ll see … 🙂

Coffin prepped for blanks 2nd firing Badge reel Close up of Dichro center Swirl with dichro

Magnets waiting for their turn to be used ... Nite Lite New 'Goblins and Ghosts' blank ...

Plus, while waiting for photos to upload, I was playing with a manipulation program, and ‘created’ this … Sophia, composed of pictures of all of her pups from her last litter … how cool!

My Sophia mosaic

So – I had decided I wanted to make some themed magnets – and have thus started “Magnet Madness” in the studio … It started as a simple-enough idea, but now my fingers are numb from spending so much time at the grinder, my manicure is all but shot … yep, MADNESS it is … but I think they’ll be cute!

The first picture shows the images on their white backgrounds … sure are a lot of them … The second photo is as I was adding the background color pieces, and the third photo is ‘Round 1’ in the kiln … there will be at least two more trays … it really didn’t look like that much on the paper … 🙂 

 Step 1 Adding backgrounds (color) to the image Round 1 - in the kiln

Meanwhile – I’ve had some other things cookin’ (when my fingers still worked) … A wine magnum ‘dish’ and a new Halloween ‘slab’ – which will evetually become a bowl

New wine magnum 'dish'  Halloween 'slab'

And my latest finished night light … The camera isn’t capturing the iridescent flower petals well … it’s very pretty.  🙂

Night light  Another angle

And lastly, our completed pendants … hope to get things listed up to our Etsy shop soon … (

  Blues, greens, gold  Pinks, purples, gold Orange/rust, blues and greens

I’d hoped to have everything done before starting my 12 hour shifts in the ER this weekend, but … Noooo – I have to show up to testify in court tomorrow – EARLY in the A.M. (which I’m allergic to … both court AND mornings), will be celebrating birthdays with family tomorrow evening, AND I suppose the kids will want to be fed too … just no studio time DARN IT!  🙂

I’ll leave you with a cute pic of one of our recent babies … she’s 2 weeks old, cute as a bug and growing like a weed!  Her name is Betty, and she’ll be living in Georgia when she gets bigger … 🙂

Betty, the blue Neapolitan Mastiff

It’s chilly outside, but the kilns are kickin’

I’m working on some magnets … working out the design aspects of them, but in the meantime, some pot-melt ‘blanks’, some of the past ‘non-bowl’ stuff and some recycled (excuse me – up-cycled) bottles went into the kilns today, as well as a new pendant …

coffin - with newly slumped bowls, etc. 'Baby' - with non-bowl projects 2nd batch of coffin projects   

Some of the completed bowls …

 Beachy Storm  Platter of Blues - for my sister

And two others …   

 Stormy Ripples Green Lantern - or Jamaica II  

And our latest pendant … with a serious question … which end to make the ‘top’ … in the first pic, it reminds me of Jamaican dancers in traditional dress, in the second … I’m not sure … which one looks better???    

Jamaican Dancer ? Star Trek Comm ? 

I’ll leave you with my ‘peanut’ … we’ve been having thunderstorms lately … and my Maggie snuggled into my robe, left on the bed, apparently to cover her ears from the thunder …


Falling into Autumn holidays …

With the cooler weather seeming to take up permanent residence, hopes of an Indian Summer start to wither with my garden … While I love Fall, I hate losing Summer – closing up the pool; moving flower pots, baskets, decorations and windchimes to storage, as our Michigan winters destroy anything left to the elements; thoughts of the soon-to-come Winter hibernation …

But I do love Fall – for those few short weeks – just warm enough during the day with cool nights, the vibrant colors of the leaves changing, thoughts of apple cider and doughnuts … Just last week I made several fall/’homey’-scented soy candles – Pumpkin Cinnamon, Sugared Pecans, Creme Brule, Butterscotch.  My studio and the house are full of wonderful scents … the kids came home from school thinking that I had been baking … so silly! 🙂

But with cool weather here, Halloween and Thanksgiving just around the corner, time to think of my next Autumn-colors bowl …

Trick or Treat Bowl Fall Colors Bowl Candy Corn Bowl Autumn & Tomato Soup Bowl

Recent works

So – I’ve gone back to my ‘day job’  (I’m an ER nurse, and I work nights …), after being off for some time due to breaking my knee [long story that involves my 170# Neapolitan Mastiff – he’s a friendly, goofy, overly excited dog] … the older I get, the more I subscribe to my Sunday-school teacher’s philosophy … “gettin’ old isn’t for wimps” …Wedding gift

But, work in the studio does continue, at a somewhat slower pace:  My nephew got married this past weekend, and we made a bowl in chosen colors, a custom wine label (along w/the wine), and custom candle labels (along with the candles) to commemorate their big day …

And I did get around to buying the ribbon to hang my butterfly suncatchers … gives the window just the right ‘homey-interest’, I think …

Studio window  butterflies ... closer

And here’s my pendant light … installed!

Pendant light
As you can see by my photos, I love Christmas ... I keep some decorations up in the studio all year long ... 🙂

Other (non-bowl) projects in the works …

The list of glass ideas is bubbling over … I do love our bowls, but it’s fun to try other things too.  For instance – I have been wanting to try ‘quenching bottles’ for months now … finally getting around to some silly supplies (sturdy bucket and fine mesh screen) I need in order to try it … in the meantime, my friends at work have been saving some really cool bottles just for this … but that’s for another day.  Here are some pictures of things recently done, almost done, or ‘in the works’ …  

John’s latest pendant, and a marble trivet – marbles compliments of my grandparents – who never let anything go to waste – God love ’em!  🙂

Newest wire-wrapped cab  Marble Trivet

Played around with a sunflower bird feeder – that looks great on my deck!  🙂  And a nite-lite that keeps me company at night.

Sunflower birdfeeder  Nite-lite

A set of pot-melt coasters … And my first pendant lamp, patiently waiting for John to complete the electrical portion so I can hang it … meanwhile, I have it sitting on my trusty flashlight for the full effect … classy, eh?

coasters  pendant lamp shade

A butterfly suncatcher, just waiting for ribbon so she too can hang out on my deck; and a piece I’m playing around with that utilizes glass powders … not too impressive now, but wait – there are more ideas for it …

suncatcher  future work ...

More nite-lites, waiting for their turn in the kiln; And, I’ll leave with a quick pic of two of my ever-present babies – always here to keep me company … patiently waiting for me to go to bed … 🙂

future nite-lites  Maggie & Winston

Hello world!

I’m taking advantage of some insomnia to create this web site of our glass designs – complete with blog.

My studio was built this past February.  Since then, I have come to love this space, even ‘living’ in it for a time in June when I broke my knee – as stairs were difficult to maneuver …

Here are a couple of pics, clean (as it is a working studio – it’s rarely tidy) from Feb., complete with Yorkie friends:

Studio Pic 1 Studio Pic 2

Since February – my kiln(s) (as I just HAD to have a ‘coffin’ too) have been running pretty much non-stop.  Our dining room table has been taken over – as seen below … I wonder what I’ll do come the next holiday dinner … ???

Some finished pieces ...

A quick shot of the coffin … it sure is a beautiful thing!  🙂

 Coffin - loaded up and ready to go

Here’s a photo of our latest piece – John’s first wire wrapping … I like it!

 wire-wrapped cab

And lastly … a beautiful ‘wish you were here’ kind of pic – complete with my husband’s big feet … 🙂   Thanks for checking us out …