Tuesday, September 20, 2016
I made this huge, hollow glass bead a long time ago. The diameter is about 2.5 inches, and I made it on a hothead torch. I wrapped molten glass around a core of kiln- washed extra fine steel wool, decorated it with more glass, and after cooling I removed the steel threads from the interior with tweezers.
|Yesterday I realized that I could get this thick felted cord through |
the hole of the bead, and the color matched perfectly!
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Thursday, July 28, 2016
When flameworking, eyewear can protect one's vision by shielding from projectiles of thermally shocked glass. More uniquely, didymium lenses filter out the wavelength of light in the sodium flare of torched molten glass, thus altering the wearer's perception of certain colors. When people try my safety glasses on at demos, they usually think this is really cool.
I popped the plastic lenses out of my contemporary safety glasses and used a jeweler's saw to cut the lenses to fit these vintage frames. They're not totally finished yet, but it makes me really happy to customize my safety gear like this.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Friday, March 18, 2016
A variation on the bubblecloud collar posted
last month, this plays with those proportions
The tiniest seed beads in this are 24°, whichare the smallest seed beads ever made, and
a very rare example of using beads that I did
not make myself.
I always love playing with gradients of color and size.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
My brother finally persuaded me to start tweeting, as I made the glass chains that were worn as necklaces and belts in Calvin Klein Collection's FW2014 runway show today. The New York Times covers it here!
Also, I put a few glass chain necklaces in my etsy shop. They do match everything.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Friday, August 9, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
I recently got a tablet (the mobile kind.) It has a pretty fun drawing program, and a built- in stylus. I've been using it a lot in my travels, sketching ideas for FLOWERCLOUDS. It is much neater and easier than carrying around watercolor paint boxes (though I'll probably still do that, too.)
Friday, May 24, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
|It's nearly that time of year! I'll be showcasing FLOWERCLOUDS lasercut textiles this year at the Maker Faire instead of flameworked glass. I'll even be presenting onstage! You can find me in The Yard/ North/ booth TY46. See you in San Mateo May 18th and 19th!|
Monday, April 29, 2013
|GUNSHO illustrator James Quigley sports a Flowerclouds piece|
|Living legend Lynda Barry in a Flowerclouds headband|
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Yesterday Graham Wheeler and I recorded a new tutorial video: How to Make Glass Chains! We may need a few more shots and editing will take a little while, but check out this funny image of the back of my head.
2 mic packs hang on my back as the wires snake through my hair to microphones clipped on the arms of my glasses.
Monday, April 1, 2013
I have never owned a car, but for a while between 2011 and 2012 I was borrowing a car from my family to help dear hearts in different states. For six months I drove 500 miles a week, to New York and back, and to Boston and back. I enjoyed seeing my relatives frequently & being present with loved ones, and I wrote a lot of songs in the car. I used the car to get to my glass studio in Central Falls, where I would also sing a lot. I was not home often. (note bene- Central Falls is the smallest city in the smallest state in the US!)
Exactly a year ago I was hit by a drunk driver just 2 blocks from my house in Providence. The other driver hit me and ran, but she "luckily" left her license plate in the intersection. I was not hurt, but it was the end of the car.
It was a relief to not drive so much anymore. Providence parking regulation enforcers are relentless, gas is expensive, traffic can sometimes be frustrating. Providence is so small and bikable anyway (for the most part.)
Last week my extraordinary sweetheart of a friend was kind enough to help me move my glass studio back to Olneyville, and as a result I've done more lampwork in the past week than I had in the last year. Today was the application deadline for some RISCA Fellowships, one of which I won a few years ago. Here are some new pieces from today's grant application.
|A lampworked glass and leather cuff|
|Floral gradient earrings in blues|