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Loving Landscapes

I had the pleasure of working with my friend Fred Buxton at Raining Sunshine Studios recently. He helped me refine our approach to landscapes with depth, and I taught him how to do fossil vitrea (using plants in glass). It was hard not to be inspired by the amazing view outside the windows of his studio - towering trees, stunning flowers, singing birds, breezes creating whispers in the woods, and gorgeous, sunny skies of Washington. I kept remembering a verse from a song I knew as a teen - "the bluest skies you've ever seen are in Seattle..." I created a landscape scene using glass paints, frit, and tree trunks that I literally pulled from molten glass! The piece showcases the many rhododend

Rattles!

This month I had the opportunity to take a class from Richard LaLonde, a pioneering fused glass artist who taught at the renowned Pilchuck School in 1985 and who created the Liquid Glass Line technique. It was an amazing experience in part because of his knowledge and skill, and in part because the class included work with steel, aluminum, glass, wood, Liquid Glass Line, and pastels. Essentially, I created every element of this two-sided rattle (when you hold it and shake, it rattles!). I designed a quail as it is the state bird of California, and depicted the state flower (California poppy) and on the other side, the California redwoods on the glass. After the class, Richard and his daughte

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