Who would have thought there would be a competition show for glass blowing on TV…well it’s here! Today, on Netflix, you can watch the competition show about glass blowing called Blown Away. I am planning on watching tonight so I can truly pay attention and see what I may be able to learn, as a glass blower. Corning is at the center of all of this and they are the best experts on glass around. So check it out…I’ve got classes scheduled.
Bet you didn’t know I had a YouTube Channel. I only have a few videos up right now but I’m already planning my next one. I have a video showing how to use decals with torch fired enamel. I have an answer video to it that’s I’ve recently uploaded that addresses something I should have done in the first video. Check it out.Watch the other one first…or not. Subscribe. There will be more how to videos soon!
It’s been ages since I wandered over here to share what’s up. So here I am…after 13 years of “selling” on etsy, I have decided to shut down my little store and sell everything over here. There was mostly beads and jewelry over there, so there will be more jewelry and beads here. I’ve also added new plates over at the fine craft page. They’re cool. I will make more. And those dichroic hoops you’ve seen on the Instagram, they’ll be added any minute to the site.
I’ve been teaching quite a few classes lately, all types, jewelry making, glass blowing, fusing, and torching. Check out my class schedule to see what’s up. I’m working on some new classes as well, and will be listing them soon. You can also find me teaching at Otis College out in Westchester. Of course those classes are in session now, but look for the fall listings later this summer.
I’ve got a show next month in Pasadena. Pasadena Bead and Design Show at the Pasadena Hilton. That’s a lot of Pasadena right there. Come buy beads…July 26-28.
First there's NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night. I'm actually going to be open! We'll be blowing glass in teh back parking lot. If you ever wanted to watch glass blowing tomorrow night would be great opportunity. So stop by. We'll be working from about 4-5pm through 9pm...
For Mother's Day I will be at MONA, the Museum of Neon Art, demonstrating bead making. I start at 11:30 until at least 3pm. I'll have goodies for sale and you will be in one of the coolest museums in LA. Technically it's in Glendale on Brand Blvd...
I'm always adding new classes so keep checking back to see what's new.
Spring has sprung and it's time to head to the great outdoors! Or indoors depending on the show. I've got some shows scheduled for this month and am starting to book next month. First up is the Bead Society of LA show, in Culver City, at Veteran's Memorial Hall. April 23 from 10am-5pm. I'm going to have my torch with me at this show doing glass bead making demonstrations. I'll also have beads and fused pendants and finished jewelry for sale.
The following weekend I'll have a booth at Jackalope in Pasadena. This craft fair is held twice a year at Central Park in Old Town Pasadena, on Fair Oaks and Del Mar. There are many different vendors there as well as a workshop area and food trucks. Pet friendly with many vendors that have cool products for your pet. Stop by. Mention this blog post and get 10% off your purchase.
It's a Glass Blowing Mixer! May 13th 5pm-10pm!!
May 13th is NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night and I'm having an open house. This is a bit of glass blowing mixer. We will have demonstrations and discounts on class sign ups. Meet other glass blowing enthusiasts and get to know each other. We're offering next level glass blowing classes and want those of you that have tried Glass Blowing 1 to have people they can take Glass Blowing 2 with or maybe rent time with to further your glass blowing experiences. Come by anytime from 5pm-10pm.
If you sign up for a class and use this coupon code you can get 20% off...itsshowtime.20
Living in our new reality has been interesting. In fact, interesting is my word of the year. Creating art is one of the most interesting and important things we can all do now...maybe not all of us, but some. Creating is good for the brain. I think it can help most of us living in complete horror and shock at what is happening in our country. We create groups and art and resistance and hope and whatever we need to do to keep our freedoms. And it helps keep everything interesting.
So what have I been up to since the last post? Of course making glass and teaching classes. We've been working on All That Remains Glass and getting the word out. Making new samples (thanks Frank, Spencer and Vinnie) to put into the world. Check out a few of them.
I recently produced a show of glass pieces that recruited some of my artist friends, and had them trying out Colorline Glass Paints. I love them, by the way. The show comes down in two days...so much for my promotion machine, hahaha...and it's at the Last Bookstore, downtown. Actually it's at the Spring Arts Gallery upstairs. Andrea Bogdan, one of the talented artists that is part of the Spring Arts Collective hosted the show, as well as painted four pieces. Other artists in the show include, Zoe Topsfield, Gwen Freeman, Kelly Thompson, Baha Danesh, Mary Jean Mallman, Stuart Rapeport, Manny Montion Sr., Brian Mallman, Ted Meyer, Anna Stump, Jenny Loi, Jaime Englebrecht, Calvin Mallman, Dash Mallman, Tiffanie Taylor, Ester Pescher, and me. I can't wait to produce more of these shows.
Check my classes page for new and exciting classes. We're adding Beginning Glass Blowing II for those who have taken the first class and are interested in expanding your skills. Look for the first one in March.
This weekend I'll be showing my jewelry and beads at the Contemporary Craft Market in Pasadena. Print out this flyer for free admission for two. It's a lovely show. Right now it's important to surround yourself with beautiful things.
I'm also going to be at the Museum of Neon Art on November 19 for Meet the Masters. I'll demonstrate bead making and have goodies for sale. Soon I will teach bead making at the museum.
The following day is the Arroyo Arts Collective's 24th annual Discovery Tour, which is a self guided artist studio tour. I will be at my store and will have glass blowing demonstrations in the back. Good times and more goodies to buy!
Good times...I've added some classes to my web site so check those out so you can learn about glass...
And one of my newest adventures in glass involves myself and my glass blowing partner, Zoe Topsfield, called All That Remain • Memorial Art Glass. We take cremation remains from your loved one, pet or person, and create beautiful memorials that you can wear or have on a shelf or table. Check out our web site to learn more...allthatremainsglass.com
So this is a little update on the goings on around The Glass Studio. Check back for more updates...
I've added a weekly bead making class to my schedule on my web site. This has moved Jewelry Tuesdays to Wednesdays and Fusing Wednesdays to Thursday. I've been having fun making beads and teaching it. We start next Tuesday and there are 2 spaces left. It's a small class...come join us.
I've got a show coming up at the end of April. Jackalope in Pasadena. It's being held April 30-May 1 at Central Park in old town Pasadena on Fair Oaks. I'm bringing mostly jewelry, so you can see the stuff I've been working on...
I've added classes through part of June so see if there's something interesting to explore and expand your glass knowledge...
I was just checking out the date of the last blog post I did over here. Kind of sad. Last August...yikes. I guess I've been busy. Anyway, I want to make this a regular thing. With the fresh blog posts there will be deals for classes and other goodies. A lot has happened since my last blog post, as can be expected. The sign I made is in the window of my store front and I've got a new neon on tap to make. Speaking of neon, the Museum of Neon Art is open in Glendale. It's on Brand across the street from the Americana mall. It's a very cool place and even better, they have some of my jewelry available in the gift shop.
Some of you in the glass world may have heard some really exciting news for those of us in Los Angeles. Bullseye Glass is opening a resource center in the area. South Pasadena to be exact and it's 5 minutes from my studio. They'll be right next door to Judson Studio's new fabrication location. There are some amazing times ahead for the Southern California glass community.
Around here I've been working with some fabulous painters introducing them to glass. Good times! We're creating art for some upcoming shows. More about all of that in future posts...
Speaking of shows...I'll be out selling jewelry and beads at the Jackalope Art and Craft show in Pasadena at the end of April.
I'm adding some fresh classes, including glass blowing. Come learn about glass!
Each small victory in building a new web site comes with dancing and feelings of invincibility. Then there's a set back...then a victory! Squarespace says I'm hooked up to take credit card payments. That means no more Paypal...no more copying code and pasting it here hoping the information processes ok.
They're still verifying things back and forth with the domain mapping so this post may still live through the Squarespace domain rather than theglassstudio.net. I understand why most people don't want to deal with all of this, but as a business owner I rant about how this is essential knowledge. Know your way around your web site. Hope I'm not getting too preachy. I'm just excited to get this going. Just signed a fresh lease, got the neon sign, and will change the outdoor sign in the next couple of weeks. Refreshing The Glass Studio. Getting it ready for 5 more years...oh yeah, September Art Walk is my anniversary. My 5th anniversary. I will be open. Come by.
I have to sing the praises of Squarespace, a web platform that is making my web sites look better but make them easy to update and maintain. That said, here is the blog section of the fresh site. This is a place I intend to come to with regularity. I blog for others and it's time for me to concentrate more on my own blog posts. I'm not saying I'm not going to continue those others blogs, I'm just adding to it...
I've almost reached a milestone in my new location. It's not new anymore. I've been at 5668 York Blvd. for almost a year. Wow, time flies. I've been really please and happy with where I work now. The businesses I own have only grown since my move. Yay! More space means more growth.
I'm taking a neon class right now and the end result of that will be a sign for my window. At about the same time I'll be putting a new sign up so more people can find me. Watch what you wish for. I'm adding more classes...more jewelry making. I'm also going to be posting tutorials I'm creating as well as those out in the glass world that amuse me and that I think all of you reading this needs to know about. Product reviews will live here too. If you read my craft gossip.com blogs you know what I'm talking about. I'll be bringing these posts here too.
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