A year ago at this time I participated in my first art drop, randomly placing small works of my art around the city to be found. I had so much fun with the art drop last time, I decided to do another one. On my birthday, carrying 4 small paintings, I scampered around the city of Philadelphia, leaving my art behind.. This day I felt like a tourist in my own city.
The power to truly listen to that which wants to come through you can be a tough thing to accomplish. Life happens, distractions occur but finding a quiet spot to sit and let your mind wander works wonders…. When words find you in that space where your mind fades, magic happens. Sometimes we just need to get out of our own way.
A spur of the moment invitation on Valentine’s Day, led to a warm adventure on a cold day.We met with our friends at Bernard Katz glass studio, they shared in the glass process, gave a little demonstration and then we tried it out for ourselves. I will take you on a little visual journey..
Safety demonstration of course.
The rods were placed in a furnace and dipped in molten glass. After the rods were removed from the heat, it went through a little water bath so we could hold the rod. Then the fun part, twirling the hot glass and stretching it out to make a form.
Letting gravity do most of the work
After a small demonstration of the sculpting tools, we tried working the glass. Very hot stuff! The temperature ranged over 1000 degree fahrenheit but the kiddo was not afraid to sculpt the molten glass.
Glass sculpting bench and tools
The glass had to be reheated often as it began to cool down during the process.
Attempting to sculpt a flower
Samples of our finished pieces after a day of cooling.
Not bad for our first time!
You can watch the professionals in action. This short video will demonstrate the glass blowing process.
Wonderful opportunities happen when you least expect it. I was invited to open up shop for two days at Bernard Katz Glass Studio. I will take the opportunity to showcase my art pendants, whimsical mixed media paintings and art card stationary. Plenty of affordable unique gifts. Prices ranging from $15. to $55.
If you are in the Philadelphia area stop by and say hello. Light refreshments will be offered.
Is it the winter blues or is it just lackluster days, bringing me to want to hibernate till Spring. Not sure but my creativity is at a low making me feel off balance. So when I saw that bright yellow thing in the sky (the sun), and felt the warmer air, I thought it be a good day for a walk. Instead of the same walking routine, I decided to take it slow, with my camera in hand to take in nature around me. Stuff I might have normally missed, this is what I captured:
We have many huge trees in this part of the city.
Love the steeple and old houses
Hey that stone has hair.
What a slush mush, the only non shoveled sidewalk I encountered.
Tons of ivy not bothered by winter
My favorite, ornamental cabbage. I want a whole garden filled with these colorful leaves.