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Tool Tuesday: paper cutter

Tool Tuesday: paper cutter

Confession: I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler. The same goes for cutting. What’s that have to do with glass? Well, paper is an important part of how I share my work.  It conveys the title of a piece, a bit about the process and helps to introduce me to you. My trusty … Continue reading

Meet the Wunder Birds!

Meet the Wunder Birds!

You’ve seen them. Along the sidewalk’s edge, in the flowerbed, high overhead. Little birds chirp chirping as they peck and forage. I like to think they’re excited–exclaiming about a choice berry, crunchy beetle or perfect little twig to take back to their nest. They’re a good reminder that the little things can be wonderful. Wouldn’t … Continue reading

Go see the baskets!

Go see the baskets!

With its focus on American craft, the Renwick Gallery is one of my favorite museums. And since it’s part of the Smithsonian, it’s also free–so it’s totally okay to visit often! However, the gallery will be closed to the public beginning December 9 for renovation, so get to it quick if you haven’t been already. … Continue reading

Tool Tuesday: glass

Tool Tuesday: glass

I guess I don’t generally think of it that way, but probably the most important tool in glassblowing is the glass. It comes out of the furnace clear, at a working temperature of 2080 degrees fahrenheit. Whether you’re adding color, making something that will fit in the palm of your hand or that will need … Continue reading

See you at the show!

See you at the show!

Last year I traveled to Chicago to share my glass, but this year I’m sticking a little closer to home. Starting next week, I’ll be on the road and sharing handmade in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Here’s a peek at a few of the newest pieces I’ll have along with me. And here’s where you’ll … Continue reading

handmade holidays

handmade holidays

My grandmother on my father’s side made this little house. Plastic canvas and yarn that’s survived many years longer than the gingerbread that inspired it. I don’t remember exactly when it became mine, and I don’t always remember to put it out somewhere prominent each holiday season, but it’s a nice memory of a woman … Continue reading

Tool Tuesday: the box

Tool Tuesday: the box

“Don’t love it ‘til it’s in the box. Well, actually, out of the box.” This is something that you learn very early in glass blowing. “The box” is the annealer. Any piece you create needs to make it safely into, and then out of, the annealer. Once inside the box, your piece of glass is … Continue reading

berry cool colors

berry cool colors

It’s a bit of a cliche to say that “nature inspires me,” but it’s also often true. The colors that I see in the wild are stunning. Trying to replicate them in glass is half the fun. Sometimes the first try doesn’t quite reach the mark. Thinking through how I’ll tweak things (in this case … Continue reading

Tool Tuesday: keeping it hot

Tool Tuesday: keeping it hot

While you’ll never get the glass as hot as it was when it came out of the furnace, the glass does need to be hot for you to work with it. And every second you work with it, it’s cooling. That means you need to reheat. That’s where a reheating oven, called a glory hole, … Continue reading