Artists are colorful and creative people. We come in all colors, shapes and sizes. We come from different backgrounds and comfortably identify with our own true self. I believe artists accept each other’s differences knowing we ourselves are unique and special. We’re all misfits, perfectly content to be ourselves just the way we are.
That’s our superpower.
It’s that self- confidence and naïve open-mindedness that sparks our imagination and fuels the creation of original art. We are deaf to the stubborn doubters, those who live by routine. We dream big, in full color. Yes, we have crazy ideas. That doesn’t stop us. We’re confident that our fantastic visions will one day be a reality. We just haven’t found the right technique that works yet. We’re relentless in our pursuit of Shangri-La. A remote beautiful imaginary place where life approaches perfection. Whatever that looks like to us individually we support each other in the journey.
I consider myself fortunate to be among you, my friends, my fellow artists. It’s been my pleasure to work with you for more than 30 years. I’m proud of you for always being true to yourselves. You inspire me to keep creating and to share my artistic techniques. We have a bright future ahead of us to look forward to. We are strong. We are resilient. And best of all we are here for each other. When all else fades away, art and our compassion for humanity will remain.
Nothing changes until you change something.
It’s time to start rebuilding. Don’t worry about what life has been like for the last four months. You can’t change the past. Focus your energy on what you want your new life to look like in the future. Be the change you want to see.
It’s true, things will never be the same. But we’re artists. Re-imagining the possibilities is our specialty.
It’s seems appropriate to share, Pride in Colors in this week’s post as a symbol of our unity in our pursuit of mutual respect and equality. Several years ago, I made this vibrant piece and donated it to, Equality Florida. This advocacy group advocates for civil rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) residents of Florida.
When invited to donate glass art to an organization there are a lot things I consider before cutting glass. I strive to create original art that reflects the organizations mission. I visit the group’s website and read their social media posts for insight into their objectives. The rainbow is a universal symbol for, LGBTQ+ pride. This lead me to the concept for the intricate combed glass pattern, with the full spectrum of colors, I included in the middle of the design. The wide array of colors are representational of diversity and unity.
Another criteria I consider is where the art will be displayed at the fund raiser. l want my piece of art to make a bold statement. A flashy, well-made piece of art draws attention and encourages higher bids from attendees. But the reality is, donations are often arranged on dark, cloth covered banquet tables in convention halls with subdued lighting. Therefore, I designed my piece to have a vertical shape that would stand above lower profile submissions. When selecting materials, I purposely choose colors that make an impact in low light. I combined transparent glass that glows brightly along with reflective materials to add sparkle.
Donations are handled a lot, sometimes by inexperienced volunteers. Durable construction and adequate display are key to the art surviving storage, display at the crowded event and the trip home with the lucky winner. I design my donation pieces to fit easily in a decorative iron stand that I supply. The inclusion of a quality iron stand shows my commitment to the success of the event and my professionalism as an artist. An ornamental display also adds to the charm of the art increasing its value. More importantly, a sturdy stand gives me peace of mind that the art won’t sustain damaged while on display.
Watch the Pride in Colors video here: https://youtu.be/n4BMXIwJeOk
Pride in Colors is one of several fused glass pieces you can learn how to make in my Breaking Through video available on my website.
Life is complicated right now. Thankfully, we have each other to lean on. I hope this deeper insight into what goes into my art inspires you to get back to creating. It may seem small and insignificant compared to the challenges we’re facing, but it’s our contribution. As an artist, it’s our calling to encourage change for the better through our art.
I hope you’re having a great day, stay kind.
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Make a Fused Glass Sink Webinar
August 27, 2020
Creating a stunning dichroic glass sink is easy when you know how!
In this comprehensive Webinar, I’ll guide you step by step through the time-tested processes I use to make large-scale, functional vessels.
You’ll learn safe handling techniques for cutting oversized circles, how to fuse and slump thick pieces to retain consistent bowl height, plus trade-secrets for worry free drilling.
In addition to fabrication know-how, you’ll receive a complete supply list, specifics on kiln requirements, source information for the slumping mold and drill kit, as well as helpful installation tips.
With all the professional tricks revealed, you’ll gain the confidence and knowledge needed to make your own dazzling beauty.
In addition, I’ll demonstrate how to make a glittering dichroic sink. I’ll also show you how to make a cast glass sink from nipped glass pieces, dichroic bits and frit. Plus, you’ll be guided through the various cold-working steps I use to finish the cast glass sink edge to a glamorous, professional, quality polish.
Sculptural Fused Glass, 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop
November 10-13, 2020
Only 1 seat available.
Wesley Chapel, Florida, 4-Day, Hands-on, Class size is limited.
It’s hard to describe what it’s like when I’m feeling the creative flow. Time flies. Hours pass in what I thought were minutes. My naturally distracted mind is focused on what my hands are doing, and nothing else. I get lost in my own world. When I return to reality, I feel rejuvenated and spiritually uplifted. That’s why I like sharing my studio space with others. I try to give them that experience and hope they feel the same inspiration and fulfillment I do. -Lisa
Join me and I’ll show you all the pro tips and tricks I use to make stunning 3-dimnesional art. You’ll learn how to combine advanced techniques in new ways to create extraordinary sculptural pieces of art.
You’ll leave class with several completed glass sculptures, my custom firing guides and a deeper understanding of sculptural fused glass fabrication. You’ll have the knowledge, confidence and inspiration you’ve been craving to take your artwork to the next level.
Materials are included, that’s a $150.00 value! Plus, a professional photo shoot of your artwork is also included.
This is the turning-point workshop you’ve been waiting for.
Here’s what the students are saying about the workshop.
“Instruction was clear, help was always available, and Lisa’s explanation of the equipment was great.” -Sherry
“My favorite thing about the class was the friendly atmosphere that encouraged open thoughts and sharing ideas.” -Lyn
“I enjoyed making all the projects, especially the flow piece and the freedom to be creative with our work.” -Joy
“My favorite thing about the class was the ability to see multiple pieces of art that originated from concepts taught.” -Vicki
“Lisa is very professional, knowledgeable and freakishly talented. House, art, mosaic, her work – really fun and beautiful.” -Lorna
“Incredible class. Lisa shared her artistic knowledge of color flow and her technical knowledge of glass.” -Larry
“I had so much fun! Lisa is a great teacher!” -Brenda
Things that surprised the students about the class.
“I was surprised by the photo booth demo-it was very helpful.” -Joy
“I was surprised by the limitless glass we had access to, for our projects.” -Lyn
“The valuable education on glass art photography surprised me.” -Sherry
“I was surprised by the hominess of your hospitality!” -Vicki
This class is for you! Any skill level can attend. Beginner, intermediate and advanced students alike will learn how to advance their glass fusing skills and expand their artistic style.
Watch it NOW! Start fusing today!
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