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|9/29/16 - Is everyone wondering if I fell in a
hole? We did finally get funded for the small animal hospital
project for Texas A&M and I have spent a good deal of time working
(and waiting for go aheads) on the full size drawings and the diagrams
but by the time I got the final go ahead (waited 3 weeks for that one)
and the full size drawings and one diagram done it was already June and
falling afoul of summer plans and summer heat so we didn't actually
start fabrication til the last week of August. We had expected to
be done with this job last year, or by the end of spring at the
latest. So now, we have one of three 4' x 7' panels finished,
getting ready to start the sandblasting on the second panel and the
stencil for the third for an end of October installation.
Summer plans involved an open house at Houston Studio Glass with 7
artists and varying mediums the first weekend of June, going to
Scotland, Lybster specifically way up on the northeast coast to
Northlands Creative Glass, for a 9 day invitation only international
artist symposium led by Jane Bruce. It was an amazing week and a
half where I met some incredibly talented women and got to play with
equipment I don't have access to like a diamond wheel engraver which I
really liked, and a printing press, which was fun. I did a series
of blog posts about it as is my wont when I travel and if you want to
read about it here is a link to the first post. Other
summer plans included the annual visits from the grandkids.
While waiting to be funded and for the last go ahead, I worked on some
waxes and tried to get some castings done but in February the kiln
malfunctioned soaring up to over 2,000˚ and turned my little leaflet
for the pink flower into an alien geode.
We still haven't brought that kiln back on line and it
was months before we cleaned up and plugged in the old kiln which fired
right up. Consequently I wasn't very productive for most of this
year. I did get the magnolia leaves mounted and finished,
And a new leaflet for the pink flower
And I got 6 of the bark waxes cast though I'm not sure how I'm going to
mount them for hanging, I'm thinking in a single grouping on some
and I got a new moonflower piece and leaf plaque cast but haven't
completed the finish work on any of it.
No more work gets done on the pate de verre until we have finished the
A&M commission and then I plan to turn my attention to the small
work. The open house we paticipate in annually at Houston Studio
Glass in December will run for two weekends this year. The first
weekend in December will be all glass artists and the second weekend
will be a mix of mediums similar to last June. All the pieces you
see here should be available at the open house in December plus many
more I hope.
1/11/16 - Well, I see it's been quite some time
since I last posted here. I wish I had some exciting news to share but,
no. While we were included in the selection pool for the City Of
Houston Portable Works Collection last summer, we were not among those
selected. Nor was my entry, Botanica Erotica 15 Anemone, for the
Lifeforms2016 exhibition although it is viewable on the website.
a week in Calgary, Canada with my girlfriends last July and the week
before I left a small black and white puppy about 3 months old turned
up in our yard, abandoned and left to fend for herself. She did a good
job of worming her way into our house and hearts and is now a permanent
resident here. I've spent months going back and forth with an art
consultant about a job for a small animal hospital, 3 large panels,
which looks to be funded sometime this month.
was spent completeing a couple of small etched glass commissions and
working on a few pate de verre pieces.
Which leads us to winter where I am sort of treading water
waiting to start on the new commission. I still have a bit of finish
work to do on some of the pate de verre pieces...getting the magnolia
leaves mounted for hanging, finishing up the flower with the bee which
needs it's leaves to be modeled and cast. I'm ready to start on some
new pate de verre work which will be a bit of a departure for me I
think though I don't know how much time I will have to work on it until
the small animal hospital commission is completed.
|6/26/15 - It is summer and it has
continued to rain including having the Colorado River go into flood
stage. We'll see if it continues to rain through the summer. The plant
life is generally happy with it after the years of drought.
I have finally finished all but one of the Botanicas, framed
and photographed. I don't know what I am going to do with them yet. You
can see them all here in the current work gallery.
I also finished all the componants of the peach box and
We received notice from The Houston Center For Contemporary
Craft that our work is being included in the final selection pool for
the City of Houston Portable Works collection and the selected pieces
will be displayed at Houston Intercontinental Airport. The project's
completion date is July 31st so we should know by the end of July if
4/21/15 - It's been a rainy overcast winter and a
rainy overcast spring. We're having a sunny day today but last Friday
we got 4.9" of rain and it had already rained the day before and for
weeks before that more often than not. I had been working on some shop
repair on dry days like recaulking the windows and working on the roof
panels where they leaked water down the inside of the walls. I'm happy
to say, those areas are not leaking now. If you are in the habit of
reading my blog, you know what I was going through.
We finished the work and got it sent off for the gallery show
at Watson McCrea Gallery on Sanibel Island FL. During the same period
of time I also got the 13 finished Botanica Eroticas boxed and shipped
off to Morgan Contemporary Glass who installed them on a wall at the
front of the gallery.
I also sent a piece to the City of La Brea Art Gallery that
was juried into the Clay and Glass Bienniel in La Brea CA. And we
finished the Botanica Eroticas. The last 7 pieces are getting their
I haven't started on a new body of work yet. I have a couple
of ideas and finishing the peach box is right up there at the top of
the list. It's already peach season again! The main thing stopping me
is, well, besides shop repair while the weather isn't blistering hot,
we have a couple of small commission jobs. We've completed two and have
two more. We'll be delivering this one to Grace's Restaurant in Houston
TX this week.
I should be able to get back in the casting studio in a
couple of weeks.
sometime in the middle of December maybe or January -
We are working in the new shop getting ready for a show coming up In
March...March 3 - April 4, 2015...at Watson MacRae Gallery on Sanibel
Island in Florida. I'm doing three of the small limited edition series
sculpted bowls and two mounted for hanging small sculptures and
possibly a small table top sculpture. These will be the last of the
small bowls as I am discontinuing them from here on.
These are the two wall mounted sculptures.
I've been entering juried exhibitions again and we have had
The Reliquary Of Memories accepted into the Clay and Glass Biennial
sponsored by the Association Of Clay and Glass Artists of California in
Brea CA. The exhibition will be held at the City Of Brea Art Gallery
and runs from January 24 - March 6, 2015.
Commission work has slowed down a bit giving us the time to
work on the cast glass again so besides getting ready for the show in
Florida in the spring, we are also working on casting the last 7 models
for the Botanica Erotica series. It will be good to finally finish this
series that has been nearly three years in the making although I think
I am going to do one more only this one will be much larger, 18" x 18"
and not nearly as thick. It will be the largest pate de verre piece I
have ever done. Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery has expressed
interest in showing them but we haven't settled on a date yet. Here's a
snap shot of the whole group of finished Botanicas so far.
9/28/14 - Two posts in one month but I have been busy.
I have completed three new models for the Botanica Erotica so with the
one I managed to get done last year before all the commission work
started up, I have four new models ready to be cast. That leaves me
with 1 more of the small ones and two more of the big ones. I have also
been getting the frames for all the ones I have completed. When I get
just two of the new ones cast, then I will have the original 3 - 6" x
6" pieces and the 12 - 4" x 4" pieces. I will be happy to get them
finished, framed, and photographed all together.
I also wrote a blog post on how I am sculpting these models
out of wax, sort of a step by step with pictures. If you are
interested, you can read it here.
This is one of the new 4" x 4" models out of wax.
Also, last Friday was the opening of the CraftTexas 2014
show at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in which we have a
piece. They have published the catalog on-line and you can view it here.
While we still have a lot of work to do on the new shop
before we can do all our work over there, we have gotten the
sandblasting part set up and we will be starting on the full size art
work for a new etched glass window commission next week.
|9/3/14 - It's been a busy summer. I
mentioned in my last post that we bought a new shop building out here
across the street from the house. It was an old auto body shop though
the owner has been mostly retired since we have lived out here. He
finally retired ocmpletely and put the shop up for sale. Once we had
our closing, we were very interested in getting the shop/house in
Houston sold. We finally accepted an offer from a small builder and
closed mid-July. We had finished all but one of our commission jobs in
early June and had been starting to move stuff but after the closing we
really did have to finish getting everything moved. It took about
another two weeks, driving away with the last load July 22, to finally
get everything we were going to take including plants and cuttings.
Some of the work we did this spring was 2 panels
approximately 36" x 36" for a residence in Maryland.
We also finished these cabinet doors but I was unable to get
an installed picture. We did other decorative panels in the kitchen of
this same residence that you can see at the bottom of this page.
Besides moving we were also having the grandkids out for
their weeks during the summer. Now that school has started we are
turning our attention to getting the new shop set up. We should be
ready to work again by the end of this month but we still have a long
way to go towards getting the new shop fixed up and arranged including
tearing out the three rooms and rebuilding that space to fit our needs
better and rewiring the shop.
I'm looking forward to getting back to work on the cast
glass, finishing the Botanicas and starting a couple of new ideas. I
hope I will have accomplished a lot by the end of the year.
Next week I deliver the Wren Box to the Houston Center for
Contemporary Craft for their CraftTexas 2014 show which opens September
26 and runs through January 11.
In other news, I received notice that we are among a select
group of artists being considered for inclusion in the City of Houston
Portable Works Collection. The pieces in this collection will become
part of the permanent collection of the Houston Airport System and will
be displayed at the Intercontinental Airport.
Current and Upcoming Shows and Exhibitions
The Many Faces Of
Glass; Watson MacRae Gallery; Sanibel FL; March 3 - April 4, 2015
Clay and Glass
Biennial - 2015; Association Of Clay And Glass Artists Of
California; Brea CA; Saturday, January 24 - March 6, 2015
Houston Center For Contemporary Craft, Houston TX; September 8, 2014,
2014 - January 11, 2015
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
2015 - Residential
master bath shower wall
2015 - decorative wall panel in the bar
of Grace's Restaurant, Houston TX