I am looking forward to getting my glass out there and hearing responses from people at the fair. I will be displaying my figurative sculpture, paperweights, glassware and some special gifts for upcoming Father’s Day.
The fair is on Saturday and Sunday June 9-10 and located at Live Oak Park in Berkeley, CA at Berryman St and Shattuck Ave. www.liveoakparkfair.com
If your in the area come down to the fair, I would love to meet you and talk about my work!
For the last year and a half while working at R. Strong glass I have been learning how to
make hearts. These paperweights began as a Mother’s Day present from Randy Strong to his mother, and continue as a permanent product in the R. Strong Glass line.
I really enjoy making them because whenever someone buys one or is given one as a gift, you can see their whole face light up with happiness. The gift of something beautifully handmade is truly like no other.
So far in my heart making adventures, Along with making hearts for R. Strong glass, I have made 100 crystal hearts for the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2011 conference in San Francisco and I have made 90 for friends to bring to Burning Man and give as gifts to people they met there. Everyone comes back with stories of how much people loved the hearts and sometimes were in near tears when receiving them. I really believe that hearts are a powerful symbol and I will probably continue to make them for the rest of my days in glass.
For me making these hearts has been an interesting journey. When your making them you always have to be critical of what your are doing and really see the design as you are making them. It has taken me since I started here to really get the process and design down, but all the realizations I have had while making hearts have helped me gain more knowledge about everything else I do in glass.
I would like to share with you my journey and relationship with glass starting with today. I have been working at R. Strong glass for the past year and a half in Berkeley, CA. Working here and learning from glass master Randy Strong has been such a crazy experience. I have learned so many new things it is hard to wrap my head around them.
Sometimes I will be making a piece of glass and then start thinking, wait a minute, I was studying economics in San Diego, how the hell did I get here? What’s this thing at the end of this stick I’m holding?
This is, I have found, the nature of glass. You start with a little bit and then all of sudden 5, 20, or 60 min later you have a thing! For Example:
Today I started with this
And ended with this
The glass is always moving. I still have so much to learn about how to work with it, but I feel like it has already taught me a lot about myself. I hope to share my work, realizations and experiences.