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

Look for birds!

Look for birds!

On a recent lap around our favorite lake, the sidewalk had a message for us. I decided it was an excellent idea. All week, I kept an extra sharp eye out–and had a camera at the ready. First, I followed a murder of crows. Then I spotted three herons in flight. And watched one catch … 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

New direction

New direction

My detour from earlier this year has definitely become the new direction. My love affair with color bar–preferably applied in as a double color drop–continues. I’ve experimented with opaque colors, pairing green with some favorite colors spotted on daily dog walks. New transparent duos with a clear base. And tried a duo with white below. … Continue reading

Tool Tuesday: the furnace

Tool Tuesday: the furnace

I issued a challenge in my last post–a challenge to myself and other makers to share more about what it really takes to make something by hand. I’ll get things started with an introduction to some of the tools that are essential for my work in glass. The bulk of my making happens in the … Continue reading

defining handmade

defining handmade

Etsy announced some big changes on Tuesday—changes that have the potential to redefine handmade. I watched the live Town Hall and have been unpacking a big bag of thoughts, feelings and ideas since. I opened my first Etsy shop on August 31, 2006. At the time, Etsy was a relatively new e-commerce site—a marketplace for people … Continue reading

Gnome Village

Gnome Village

We’ve had a lot of rain just lately. And now we have a lot of mushrooms. I imagine all the gnomes are coming out to play.