My first outdoor show of the season was Saturday in Providence, RI. They host it Saturday's until some time in the fall at Lippitt Memorial Park.
I was eager to debut a new design for my jewelry; I have been saving any scrap from my glass rods, less than perfect pieces, and those sad broken casualties from my clumsy mishandling. ( I once kicked an entire tray of Ladybug Sculptures and the carnage was unbelievable.... I almost cried.) I spent some time assembling and melting this material, added some dichroic and presto! Pendants!
I like the random element that is created by using bits of other pieces, no two will ever be alike and by being able to do this, I will no longer feel so heartbroken when I break something. It will gain new life in the jewelry department. When I am working out a new design on my bench, there is always a period of creating some horribly wonky ones until I find the balance and line that works for that particular piece, now these too will be re-imagined as well.
(at this point I feel I should apologize for the shadow in this photo...I did a quick job of taking pictures at about 3:30 am as I was packing up.... don't ask....)
Now armed with the new display that I worked out going to SoWa Art Walk (was that really only two weeks ago?) and some new work to offer,
I left at 6:30 am to make my 8:15 set up time.
I started on a good note by making my first sale as I was still setting up. The foot traffic stayed steady the whole day! Two of the highlights I want to share with this blog are here:
ZDiG blog friends, meet Max, Max, ZDiG blog friends. Max sat
like this as I did a transaction with his owner, and kept creeping
forward on his belly like this, tail beating
furiously back and forth
the entire time. What a fun dog.
This is one pug ugly kid. Wait... it is a pug.
The photo says more than I can say. I did note that there was no child anywhere that I could see. Too fun.
My neighbor at this show was another glass blower! RI artist Neal Drobnis set up and had available some amazing pieces.
I wanted to get more details on how he created this piece (as we were both busy with customers it was hard to keep talking shop...), I do know that he used a sand-cast mold to blow into to create the main bowl shape, and it looks as if he assembled the rest of the elements together hot. I can tell you this, the man clearly has wrists and forearms made of iron! That is a LOT of glass to keep on the end of a punty. You can check out more of Neal and his work at www.nealdrobins.com.
There was another glass artist set up just a few tents away. Jennifer Goodale works primarily with borosilicate flameworking but has a range and experience in furnace work as well. She is a part of a new studio in Acton, MA, and is a place I feel quite certain I will be visiting before long. You can find information about it at www.newcreationglassworks.com. I enjoyed speaking with her and enjoyed the work she had on offer.
So here it is Monday, June 1. I'm already well into the needs for this week! I am catching up on stock in general, working on an order that is going to Blue Cloud Gallery in Somerville (so happy to be showing my work there.... I need to send them some green frogs and flying pigs... I never seem to have enough of those. Good problem to have), and am looking to setting up for June's Open Studio on Saturday.
Steady as she goes....