Category Archives: Other Reflections

International Women’s Day 3/8/18

Soon International Women’s Day will be upon us.  Time to start blogging and showcasing amazing female artists who inspire me.  I first ran into her work on a trip to the UK.  Lucie Rie fled Nazi Vienna in 1938 for London.  Read this amazing article on Lucie Rei at craft and culture’s blog.  Not only a pioneer in ceramics but a courageous woman who fled Vienna as it could be toxic for a young woman in the arts.  She was direct and would not be silenced, self-confident but did not grandstand.  Her sense of objects of beauty surrounding your world  was a design conscious standard in her work.  She was born March 16 1902.

 I found this on Datura’s Blog I love this Deepak quote:
If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.
The universe has no fixed agenda.  Once you make any decision, it works around that decision.  There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.
If this sounds too mystical, refer again to the body.  Every significant vital sign – body temperature, heart rate, oxygen consumption, hormone level, brain activity, and so on – alters the moment you decide to do anything; decisions are signals telling your body, mind, and environment to move in a certain direction.

—Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life (via quotes-shape-us)

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Glass Lovers Dream Factory Tour

Waterford, Ireland at the House of Waterford Factory Tour in October.  I am a tool junkie and this was the Disneyland of tools.  Sadly, yesterday in Paris was a tragedy of senseless proportions.  My lineage is from France so I’m saddened by the recent events.House of Waterford Engraver_DSC9526

In memory of the rescue teams at 911
In memory of the rescue teams at 911 sculpture done (duplicate copy) and presented to New York City by the House of Waterford.


Waking up to an Irish Sea

The photo did not capture the exact moment when the sun and water had a unique mint green color but Bray was the start of our brief time in Ireland.  It moved from Green brown to Mint green depending on the sunlight.

The sea had many changes of color in minutes.
The sea had many changes of color in minutes.

It arrived in the mail. I stumbled upon an antique Winsor & Newton paint box.

• Winsor & Newton is first founded in 1832 at 38 Rathbone Place London England.

• In 1835 the world’s first moist water colours were launch an important impact to outdoors painting.

• Queen Victoria in 1866 commissioned the Series 7 brush, Winsor & Newton’s first Royal Warrant 1841 – 1905 by appointment to HRH the Prince of Wales.

• In 1881 Winsor & Newton Ltd Co is formed and Henry Newton sold his portion of the business to the new corporation.

• In 1892 they were the first to print the composition of permanence colour charts.

• In 1937 – 1938 Winsor Newton opens at Harrow, London. In 1939 Rathbone Place was destroyed in the London Blitz.

From this history I feel the time frame of the water colour box was made either before 1841 or after 1905 as the inside label does not show HRM the Prince of Wales, but before the move to Harrow London in 1937 and while the company was still located at 38 Rathbone Place. It’s a wonderful way to organize the water colors and it came with a small porcelain mixing tray and a small pallet. I use water colors to create images of what I want to create in glass. This beauty will surely inspire me to look backwards as reference and forward to how that translates to the work that I do.

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