A Quote from the Master

"Fear is the path to the dark side.
Fear leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate.
Hate leads to suffering."

Balancing Act

Ever feel as though life is a 3 ring circus?  Are you juggling responsibilities in a perpetual daily side show?  Balancing on the pinnacle of a round red ball... teetering back and forth with a feeling that any moment you will tumble over?  Don't worry, Freckles knows how you feel. 

Gnome sweet Gnome

Meet Flynn Farthingbottom, a whimsical gnomish guinea pig who lives among the toadstools.  Some people mistake him for an elf which is pretty awkward during the Holidays.  For Flynn is not the type to hang lights, fluff spruce trees and scatter tinsel about...  it tends to get stuck in his beard.  This floofy, yoga-loving hipster prefers the corner coffee shop over Santa's workshop.  Apparently, the wifi connection is a bit sketchy up North.  On the weekends, Flynn has been known to host epic adventures as Dungeon Master of the Willow Forest Dungeons & Dragons Guild.  Little known fact, the only difference between a gnome and a short wizard is the robe and staff.  Huzzah!!!

Carb Loading

28 days until Christmas... let the carb loading begin!  A stickler for clean energy, Santa fuels his sleigh with high-quality organic, non-GMO deer feed.  Wash it down with a steamy mug of hazelnut hot chocolate topped with frothy whip cream and peppermint sprinkles.  Sooey! 

Snow Confessions

Growing up, every neighborhood had that one kid who got up super early on snow days to construct an igloo fortress filled with an arsenal of snowballs.  In my neighborhood, it just so happened to be me.  Yes, a teenage girl with icicles on her lashes lying in wait for unsuspecting neighbor kids to walk past, then WWIII would commence.  To my defense, I would always lob a friendly warning shot.  Good times indeed!  Until the kid who couldn't take a zinger to the face would run home crying... yeah, you know the kid who talked big and wore his dad's ski goggles, but had nothing to back it up.

Sticky Situation

Beekeeper Simmons left Rusty in charge while running errands in town. Not a smart move... he arrived home to find Rusty with his paw in the honey jar. What a sticky scene! It took 3 bottles of goo-Bee-gone to get the situation under control. What a mess!

Ned the Hippo

Ned is in need of major orthodontics.  Possibly head gear, but definitely not a palate expander. 

Color Guides

Finishing up detailed color guides for the upcoming workshop.  The abundance of information can be a little overwhelming, so I like to have cheat sheets for students to refer to later.  It only takes a moment of distraction to miss something important. 

Original Terra

Every now and then I like to play with new combinations.  These lovely pairs feature original Double Helix Terra from the studio's private stash, squirreled away for something special.  From left to right, the pairs increase with color saturation.  The intensity of fuchsia is quite vivid.  Sadly, the camera doesn't accurately capture the depth of lush color.

Living the Dream

Found a sweet little lovebird in the kiln this morning. On the agenda for today: breakfast consisting of seeds and fresh fruits, a bath in his water dish, and singing from his favorite perch. What a life!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hillbilly Hooch

Hey ya'll!  Skeet has been brewing up a storm... not a witch's brew, more of a Tennessee mountain dew.  Some call it hillbilly hooch, but Skeet prefers the name bootleg belly wash.  Distilled to perfection, it's guaranteed to put hair on your chest.  Just a side note, Skeet is the Jug Whistling county champ, so he knows a thing or two about bottling the shine. 

Pumpkin Time

12 pumpkins in the kiln... so happy!  A special thanks to Juston Daniels for the fantastic workshop. Definitely a day to remember.

Furlock Holmes & Dr. Hopson

The game is afoot my friends!  Furlock takes solving mysteries very seriously.  For example, he didn't rest until the case involving disappearing parsley was solved and the villainous perpetrator was brought to justice.  He feels it is his business to know what other guinea pigs do not know.  He often reminds his trusty companion, Dr. Hopson, there is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.  Furlock, a fluffy lie-detector, understands a detective must eliminate all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbably must be the truth.  

Puffin No.3

Taking a break from pumpkins for puffins. 
Pretty sure it is a fair tradeoff since both are round and roly. 

New Butterfly Snap Cabs

These lovely cabs feature finely detailed butterfly murrini made by Jackie Gundelfinger.  They truly are exquisite miniature masterpieces.  Stop by her facebook page to order her wonderful murrini and add a bit of flash to your next flamework project. 

Expanding the Series

The "Out of My Gourd" Collection is slowly expanding.  "Slowly" is the key word since each pumpkin takes up to 3 hours of torch time to lovingly sculpt.  Who knew it requires so much effort to look so hideously silly?

The Batty Bunch

Here's a story, of a lovely lady
who was bringing up three very lovely bats
all of them had fangs of white, like their mother.
the youngest one in braces.
Here's a story, of a man named Batty
Who was busy with three bats of his own.
They were four vampires living all together
yet they were all alone
Till the one day when the lady met this fellow.
And they knew that it was much more than a hunch,
That this group must somehow form a family,
That's the way we all became the Batty bunch.
The Batty bunch, the Batty bunch.
That's the way they became the Batty bunch.

Yep, More Pumpkins

More pumpkins... because 1 is never enough. 
I hope the hours of thoughtful planning, testing color combinations, and loving patience at the torch is reflected in each pumpkin. They are a work from my heart.

Bat Breath

Do you find yourself running out of the key ingredient for Witch's Brew, then having to hop on the ol' broom and endure a late night run to Whole Foods?  Stress no more!  The solution, an endless supply of Bat Breath conveniently located in your pantry.  Warning:  Do not store in an airtight container.     

Pumpkins and Barn Wood

After torching more pumpkins, I set off to find the perfect backdrop for the photograph.  Totally scored on locating reclaimed barn wood for the final shoot.  The rustic charm and weathered patina nicely compliments the bright enameling and smooth glass finish.  Enjoy!

Happy Fall Y'all

Yep, it's time to unpack the Autumn decorations. Where are you in the "Fall Sprawl" process? I'm in the procrastination stage... maybe more time at the torch turning out pumpkins and guzzling hot chocolate will help?

Out of my Gourd

Edgar and Cecil are part of a series titled, "Out of my Gourd" which features wrinkled Halloween inspired creations.  Each one involves 3 hours of sculpting molten glass at the torch.  They measure approximately 1.5 inches by 1.25 inches in size.

Best in Show

The Judges' scores are in... drumroll please! Best in Show goes to Pumpkin Spice! The scoring categories of "Only a Mother could Love this Face" and "Needs to see a Dentist" sent his point tally over the top.  Congrats!

Holiday Workshop - Limited Seating

3 spots remaining for the Holiday Workshop hosted by the ASGB.  This is a one day workshop at Mesa Arts Center with yours truly.  Message me of Facebook for more information on how to join and register for the class.  Hope to see you there!

Autumn Rust

After taking a break from instructing weekly class this past Summer, I'm back to work on some new techniques, color combinations, and bead designs to share with students. 

Favorite Five

Uncomplicated rounds in a line, no details to distract from the vibrant color combination.  A clean, smooth, straightforward statement of simplicity.  These just make me happy.  Hope they do the same for you!

Belly Slide

Waddle, waddle, belly slide. 
Across the ice the penguins glide.
Wiggle the tail and flap the wing.
March to find what Mommy brings:
Fish for breakfast, fish for brunch,
Want to guess what is for lunch?
Time for a nap on Daddy’s feet,
Cozy, warm, so soft and sweet.


Creation is Messy New Color Testing: Apple Pie, Turtle Power, Juniper, Chrysalis

Apple Pie is a pale minty green.  Much lighter than the new Turtle Power, the color is a more vibrant mint than 50's Kitchen or Primavera.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 

Turtle Power is an earthy green.  The color is slightly lighter than Meadow, with a hint of emerald.  When paired with silver reactive frit, the glass remained clean and crisp.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. 

Juniper is a pine needle green.  A nice stair step darker in shade from Turtle Power, the color has a green-blue hue when compared to CiM Olive.  No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing.

Chrysalis is a lovely milkglass blue.  The color is a whiter, more opaque version of CiM's Sea Foam.  The glass flowed with ease.  No shocking or bubbling occurred.  Looking forward to adding this to the studio glass supply.