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    9/28/14 - 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.

    5/26/14 - Two days after my last post here, we bought a new shop, a 2,000 sq.ft. old auto body shop on 1 1/2 acres across the street from us here at the country house. We are so excited to finally be able to move the shop out here so that we don't have to go into the city every week for fabrication of the etched glass. We didn't think we were going to get it as just when we decided to call the realtor to go see the place, we were told it had sold the day before. But as our good luck had it, the other buyer backed out of the deal. So now we are trying to finish up the two jobs we are working on so we can start to move the shop to it's new home and have the etched glass and the pate de verre cast glass all back together in one studio again.

    Last weekend was the opening of the Target Texas: Contemproray Studio Glass show at the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi. We drove down Thursday for the member reception Thursday evening and the 'meet and greet' the artists while we talked about our work on Friday. If you would like to see some of the work in the show I did a blog post about it here.

    We have another show coming up this fall, CraftTexas 2014 at the Houston Center For Contemporary Craft. We received notification about two weeks ago that we had been accepted into this juried show. The exhibition runs from September 26, 2014 - January 11, 2015.

    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.

     

     

    Class Schedule

    nothing currently scheduled

     

    Recent, 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

    CraftTexas 2014; Houston Center For Contemporary Craft, Houston TX; September 8, 2014, 2014 - January 11, 2015

    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

     

    Recent Installations

    2014 - Residential interior doors

    2014 - 2 panels 32" x 28" ea. decorative panels lit from behind in the kitchen of a residence.