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    4/14/14 - I can't believe it's already mid-April. This has been a busy year so far even with the prolonged winter. We've been working on commissions all year and finally got one job completed and installed and another partially completed and installed. Now I'm back to doing full size art and ordering glass for the next go round.

    This was a long cold winter. It came early and stayed late. In fact it is getting down into the 30s tonight which is way our of character for mid-April. We just got our garden in a couple of weeks ago, weeks to a month behind our neighbors but we're always late. We've been so busy we didn't think we'd get much in but tomatoes but we put in a full garden after all. Other stuff in the yard is late coming out from the hard freeze in March.

    Besides doing etched glass commission work, I also did the finish work on three of the small Botanica Eroticas and got them mounted/framed for hanging. I finally settled on a thin walled very shallow box/frame that sets the pieces off nicely and they can be hung on the wall or set on a surface. This small grouping will be one of the pieces I send off to the Art Museum of South Texas next week for the invitational exhibition of Texas glass artists along with the Tea Box. The show runs May 15 - June 29.

    I also submitted three of the boxes for the Craft Texas 2014 exhibition at the Center For Contemporary Craft in Houston. Notification is May 1st.

    1/4/14 - It is the new year and we will be working on several etched glass commissions for the 1st third of the year, 3 residences. We finished up all the fabrication from last year's work before the holidays so we are ready to start the new year from the start. Our last project of 2013 was a 48" x 48" window in the master bath with a peacock and waterfall design.

    We were very busy the last half of last year with a couple of commissions, the annual open house in which we participate at Houston Studio Glass, and the holidays with the visits from the grandkids. I spent a week last August in upper state NY participating in a residency/retreat led by Catharine Newell and hosted by Oatka School of Glass. We worked in the studio during the day but we were housed at a zen buddhist meditation retreat. It was a wonderful week spent with a great and talented group of women and Amanda and Lance who own and run Oatka.

    It also got me thinking about and trying some new techniques for the next body of work I want to do. And to that end, I am resolving to finish the botanica erotica series this year, even though I, after my week at the residency, decided to expand it. Now it will be 5 large pieces, and by large I mean 6" x 6", and 15 small pieces, 4" x 4". I have now 10 small ones cast and 2 more models almost finished.

    These are the four newest ones:

    Although I haven't been pursuing galleries or exhibitions lately, we are going to have some work in an upcoming exhibition at the Art Museum of South Texas. The show will run from May 15, 2014 - June 29, 2014. I haven't yet decided which piece(s) I'm sending but will need to decide soon.

    7/26/13 - The year is more than half over and summer is here. It has been a crazy year weather-wise with a long patchy spring that kept everyone's food gardens from doing well this year. I managed to expand some flower beds and put in some new plants. The ginger I planted nearly three years ago is finally blooming for the first time and the plumerias have been pretty too.

    We finished up the last of the commissions that had piled up while we were working on the two walls for Invesco around the end of May.

    The commission we completed and installed at the end of May was 4 panels that were mounted on the wall with stand-offs, portraits and quotes from men the president of the company found inspiring. They were hung on a wall in the conference room of Flotek Industries.Go here to learn more about this project.

    After 10 months of pretty much non-stop work, commuting into the city for half of every week, we were ready for a little break. So we had about two weeks before the visits by the grandkids started. Now those are done and while we are waiiting for some of the proposals to come in, we are going to cast the next four waxes in the 'bot-eros' series that have been ready for nearly a year. And, I still have to finish the peach box.

    It's been 8 months since we have done any casting at all because the traveling between shop and home and working at the antique store on Saturdays eats up time. I like working at the antique store because it gives me a venue where I have to deal with the public and gives me a connection with this little town. Otherwise, I would probably just be a hermit.

    Here's a peek at the two molds and the two waxes that have yet to have their molds made:

    I'm leaving next week for a week long residency led by Catharine Newell in upper state NY hosted by Oatka School of Glass. It will be a new experience for me and I'm looking forward to the retreat and inspiration. The focus of my work and this website has shifted to the architectural glass in the last several years because of the recession and other factors which I am going to address in a blog post one of these days. It's not that I have lost my enthusiasm for cast glass in general and pate de verre in particular, but a prolonged focus on galleries and gallery work prior to the economy crashing left us with less than a desirable income. We're still producing gallery work albeit at a reduced pace.

    3/5/13 - It's early March and spring has been trying to get established since early February. Winter is not ready to let go just yet. Our gulf south winds have been having a pushing contest with the north fronts. Yesterday we had a 30 mph wind from the south. Today we have a 30 mph wind from the north. Things seem confused, are they supposed to be blooming or not? Although I'm tired of the cold weather I try to be happy with it because it's the only thing holding back summer.

    We have been continuously busy since last August when we secured four commissions. the major one being the Invesco project, the two 16' x 9' walls. I posted previously about finishing the map wall. We finished the mountain wall mid-December and then took a two week break for the holidays. The mountain wall was installed the first week of January. Since then we have been working steadily to get out the other three commissions and I thank everyone for being so patient.

    The mountain wall for Invesco Management Group, Houston TX offices, 10th floor.

    Master bath window, 45" x 60". I hope to get a better picture when the shower door is installed.

    Residential front doors.

    We have two more commissions to get to that came in this year and several other opportunities floating out there so the last 6 months have been about as diametrically opposed to the previous year and a half as it could possibly be. I am truly grateful for all the work.

    What all this commission work means though is that I have lost all my momentum on the pate de verre. The peach box sits unfinished. The botanica erotica pieces sit unfinished. The blue heron box has not even been started. Now that we are closing in on the backlog of commissions, I hope to get back to sculpting and casting.

     

    12/16/12 - I've been working on this website all day. It's been rainy so no doing anything outside. The changes I made seem minor but I had to change code on so many pages and move pictures and htms around and make new graphics just because I wanted to change the name and function of the two pate de verre gallery pages. Instead of the Singles and Multiples, I now have Current Work and Archive. It's still a work in progress while I tidy up and I toy with the idea of changing the look of the gallery pages so eventually I may do that too.

    We've been really busy the last two months working on the second wall of the commission from Invesco. The Mountain Wall is also 16' long x 9' high in four panels and while the map wall was done on 3/8" glass, I recommended 1/2" for this one so they are a third again as heavy. I've posted some progress pics on my FB page and my last blog post was about finishing it. Because we are nearly finished. Next week we will do the last touch up and get the last two panels cleaned and sealed.

    We have several other commissions to finish and start so we are glad to be done with this project. I'm also looking forward to having some time to finish the peach box and cast the next four ready waxes in the botanica series.

    As I've mentioned before, our home gallery is closing at the end of the month. Oliver and Nancy are retiring and leaving a big hole in the art scene. Currently, we are being represented by Morgan Contemporary Glass in Pittsgurgh. They are showing our newest pieces and that is where the peach box will go. We also have a small bowl at Kittrell Riffkind Glass Gallery in Dallas.

    We participated in the open house at Houston Studio Glass in Houston TX the first weekend of December. We made some small paperweight type pieces for the show just to have an excuse for hanging out with our friends. It was fun but working two weeks and the weekend with only one day off was tiring.

     

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    Recent, Current and Upcoming Shows and Exhibitions

    Target: Texas Contemporary Glass; Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi TX; May 15, 2014 - June 29, 2014

    One Of A Kind; Kittrell Riffkind Gallery, Dallas TX; September 29 - November 3, 2012

    cheers, salute, l'chaim to the next 50!; Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery; Pittsburgh PA; opening Oct. 5, 2012

    Fourth Annual Juried Exhibition; Archway Gallery; Houston TX; July 7 - August 1, 2012, winner 1st place prize

    On The Wild Side; Kittrell/Riffkind Gallery; Dallas TX; April 30 - May 28, 2011

     

    Recent Installations

    2014 - Residential interior doors

    2013 - 16' x 9' wall in the Houston offices of Invesco Management Group