Our friendship

My mother and Chana rode motorcycles together, yes they were super cool grandma’s on Harleys! My parents moved away 3 years ago and said that I should really keep in touch with Chana, and I was reluctant to this request. Much to my surprise, I enjoyed her company and we have been  friends ever since. I’m her trustworthy dog/house watcher while her and her husband are away, her Church companion and work out buddy.

She started teaching me the art of stained glass probably a year into our friendship, so I’ve learned a lot from her and hope to continue it after I move. I am forever grateful to the time and energy she has given to teaching me the craft, she is such an amazing person inside and out.

Cowgirl Boot, project #2

To Kiln or Not to Kiln..

Glass art comes in many shapes and sizes. From the simple and practical, to the abstract, colorful and amazing. Glass artists around the world are working to harness the potential of this dynamic and exciting art-making material.

There is an enormous range of working methods and forms that can be created with kiln-glass, including simple slumped bowls and platters, cast sculptures, painterly panels, and architectural installations.

Lil’ lesson

During the Gothic period and the Renaissance (1100s–1500s) stained glass was one of the foremost techniques of painting practiced in Europe. It may seem surprising to call stained glass a form of painting, but in fact it is.

One of the most widespread forms of painting, stained glass inspired the lives of the faithful through religious narratives in churches and cloisters, celebrated family and political ties in city halls, and even decorated the windows of private houses.

We take windows for granted. But there was a time when glass panes were too expensive for most people, only in the late 1400s, did glass panels become wider-spread, so that middle class and wealthy people could have them in their homes—and they started setting into their clear glass windows, smaller panels that would be amusing or instructive or celebrate their family histories.

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what am i doing?!

Lost in my 40’s

I was in the International Bonspiel over the weekend which consisted of late nights and being cold for hours. Hence, I caught a nasty cold and had to stay home from work on Monday. That’s all fine and dandy but being on cold medicine sure does give me dry, tired eyes, or it could be the fact I have to stare at a computer all day at my day job. I really should invest in the computer glasses. This is just a start, I will try to add color and boxes soon!

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