Sunday, December 4, 2016

5 Things That Make Artists Awesome!





Give an artist an apple.
Give an artist an apple and you give them far more than a sweet fruit. You give them artistic inspiration. Artists see beyond the obvious gift; food. They see round form, rich color and potential for new design ideas, while everyone else just sees a juicy snack. 

Everyone else.

I’ve been married to an engineer for over 30 years. To this day, the way he thinks amazes me. He thinks linearly, like a super highway. He decides on a destination, and then plans the most direct and efficient way to get there. His decision making is simple. For him, it’s black or white, yes or no, mayo or mustard. Done. 

While my way of thinking is like the flight path of a free-floating butterfly bouncing around a garden on a blustery day. I’m happy lingering in the pink zone. I’m excited by the possibilities of maybe and am eager to try a mayo, mustard and ketchup mix.  

Not to say engineers are not creative and broad minded thinkers, they are. But they trust logic, experience and good old common sense. While artists are driven by emotion, instinct and naturally rebellious attitudes. 

What makes artists awesome? 

Perpetual Optimism.
In my experience, artists are positive upbeat folks. They search for the positive aspects in everything. They understand that creating is as much about the journey as the destination. When an artist is immersed in the creative zone, time stands still. Distracting influences and stress disappear. The artist is one with their inner muse. It’s a wonderful, magical place to be. Just knowing that such a comforting place exists, and that I have a free pass to go there anytime I want, makes me perpetually optimistic.    

Tenacity.
Artists are a special breed motivated by an internal desire, an actual need, to be creative. This driving force is fueled by an endless power supply. It’s this well of strength and courage that keep the artist in constant forward motion. They’re Always striving to grow, to do more, to do better, to improve.  

Aversion to, “NO.”
Artists are immune to the word, no. To us, no means, try harder. We don’t let other people dictate what we’ll make. Their expectations or opinions won’t discourage or hider our dedication to our creative purpose. It’s our calling to come up with crazy, weird, never been done before, ideas and then make them work. It may mean building a project in a different way or suffering some setbacks, but that only strengthens our belief in the importance of finishing the project.

Fearless.
We’re fearless because we must constantly qualify and justify our way of life to the linear thinkers of the world. People who simply cannot imagine that we can support ourselves by being creative. And the most difficult nuggets for them to grasp are that it is a real job and we LOVE our job. But being the generous soles we are, we suffer the deer in the headlight look while gently explaining what it is we do all day.  

Generosity.
Artists are the most sensitive, caring and giving people I know. We get real pleasure from sharing our art with others. We find it personally rewarding to know that our creations bring joy and that they’re treasured by friends and family. But artist don’t stop there. We build strong communities and through those groups we support and nurture each other with guidance, compassion and friendship.    

It’s true, artists do have their own unique perspective of the world around them. We view things differently and then interpret our extraordinary discoveries through our art. Such skills and talent should be celebrated. 

At this busy time of year, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the holiday obligations. Know that as an artist, you are special. Your unique flair and artistic spirit brings light and happiness to those around you. And that’s the best gift of all. 

Cheers!
Lisa

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We got right to work within the first 10 minutes. It was 4 very intense days of working on advanced techniques and fusing. The best part was we chose what we wanted to learn and Lisa taught us how to make it. -Beth

In the recent 4-day workshop Lisa shared her space, methods, approaches to work, advanced tools in such a welcoming way along with the limit of 3-4 students. This gives you so much one-on-one time with an expert of glass fusion which makes it easy to absorb info, ask questions and work to have successful projects that you love. -Regina                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Having a small number of students in the class allowed us to each pursue different projects and therefore, see a variety of processes rather than if we all had to make the same pieces. As Lisa, would talk with a classmate we would continue to work on our pieces but at the same time, listen, take notes or watch what she was showing someone else.  The ease of learning in this fashion was remarkable. -Ginger

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Holiday Holly Bowl How-to




“Keep it simple,” is my mantra at this busy time of year. But simple doesn’t necessarily have to mean humdrum. In fact, simple quite often is very elegant. Take this cheery bowl for example. It’s super easy to create and still makes a flashy, festive holiday decoration. In the interest of getting you out and into your studio where all the fun happens, I’m going to keep this post simple, too. So, let’s get to it.  




This bowl is made with two layers of glass plus accent pieces on the top layer. Cut a 10-inch circle out of white glass for the base. Cut a second 10-inch circle out of the pattern glass. Stack the pattern on the white base. Cut 9 holly leaf shapes out of green glass. Grind them if needed to smooth out the shapes. Position the leaf shapes and fusible pebbles on the pattern layer. Fire the glass using the full fuse guide below. Slump into a fluted mold using the slumping guide below. 



Ta-Da! You have a beautiful seasonal treasure that is sure to bring cheer to your home for years to come. 


Note: The finished size of this delightful bowl is 10 inches. The fused glass is slumped into a fluted 11-inch ceramic mold. You can make the bowl larger or smaller to fit any size or shape mold you have.

 
For this project, I used System 96 glass but any fusible glass will work equally as well.

Spectrum Glass, 200, white, for the base, 1 SF

Uroboros Glass, 11-29-96, Clear, Greens, Pink, Fracture, Green Streamers, for the top layer, 1 SF

Spectrum Glass, 128AVSF, Dark Green Aventurine, for the holly leaves, ¼ SF

Spectrum Glass, Red Pebbles, for the holly berries, 9 pebbles

Fluted Ceramic Mold, 11-inch wide

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Happy Fusing!

Lisa


Fusing Guide

Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1300 and hold 30 min.

Segment 2: Ramp 500F/hr to 1465 and hold 10 min.

Segment 3: Ramp 9999(AFAP*) to 960 and hold 40 min.

Segment 4: Cool to room temperature.

*As fast as possible



Slumping Guide

Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1265 and hold 10 min.

Segment 2: Ramp 9999(AFAP*) to 960 and hold 40 min.

Segment 3: Cool to room temperature.

*As fast as possible



NOTE: Kilns fire diffidently. Test fire these guides in your kiln and then adjust as needed.

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Here’s what students are saying about the class.



We got right to work within the first 10 minutes. It was 4 very intense days of working on advanced techniques and fusing. The best part was we chose what we wanted to learn and Lisa taught us how to make it. -Beth


In the recent 4-day workshop Lisa shared her space, methods, approaches to work, advanced tools in such a welcoming way along with the limit of 3-4 students. This gives you so much one-on-one time with an expert of glass fusion which makes it easy to absorb info, ask questions and work to have successful projects that you love. -Regina 



Having a small number of students in the class allowed us to each pursue different projects and therefore, see a variety of processes rather than if we all had to make the same pieces. As Lisa, would talk with a classmate we would continue to work on our pieces but at the same time, listen, take notes or watch what she was showing someone else.  The ease of learning in this fashion was remarkable. -Ginger 



5 Reasons Why You’ll Love this Class

You’ll unlock your own design style with expert guidance.

You’ll dive right in and complete unique advanced techniques on the first day.

You’ll work at your own pace making projects of your choosing.

You’ll design and build large multi-step projects.  

You’ll love the small class size and one-on-one, personalized instruction.



Check out my Advanced Class video!




Upcoming Webinars

Upscale Fusing, January 5, 2017




Fusing with Frit, January 24, 2017