Heart Happiness & Fallingwater

All I can say about this last weekend is, WOW. 

Mr. RCG and I had a fantastic trip to Pittsburgh and Fallingwater.  First, we delivered a gorgeous custom piece to an incredibly amazing customer (and artist!) in Pittsburgh.  It makes my heart so happy and warm to hand my work to a such a super nice (not to mention excited!) client...  Seriously.  

Click here to see what she thought about the finished piece!
She's also an amazing artist - I highly recommend clicking through to her portfolio!

THEN, we headed down to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater - such an inspiration!  The weather was clear and cool, the tour guide was amazing and there were Yellow Throated Vireos singing in the surrounding trees...  What a perfect morning.

...I think these photos speak for themselves...  Such an incredibly inspirational place!

My Fuzzy Valentine

Last week I had a bit of a creative slump.  Sometimes ideas for projects just bubble up through my head like carbonation, but last week my creativity felt more like a sinking brick.  The more I tried to force the ideas to materialize, the farther from reach they became.

Until I sketched up this guy.

Fox Sketch

Most of the time when I draw something I'm excited to make into glass, I have a feeling it'll turn out cool.  I was pretty excited about making the fox, in part because I found a pretty awesome piece of red/clear glass for him.  As I cut and ground each piece of glass to shape, I had a feeling he'd turn out pretty alright.

Fox in progress

I can't even begin to express how excited and almost shocked I am that he turned out like THIS:

Finished Sleeping Fox

The really cool thing is that he looks just as handsome when he's not backlit...  And you can see the fun bark texture that I sculpted into the solder!

Front lit fox

I really love how the background snow and shadow glasses change texture and color when the piece is lit in different ways. 

In the future, I'll want to remember that simply looking out the window into the forest behind my house is a quick cure for the creative blues...  My current inspiration is to bring the nature inside!

This fuzzy dude is for sale in the Purchase section of my website!

Happy Valentine's Day! 

Warmth and Glass: How are they connected?

My usual inspiration stems from chilly things like cold clear water, mountains and autumn leaves...

So far this year my subconscious has been largely preoccupied with comfort, snuggling (hibernation!), warmth and security.  Certainly, looking back at some of my Instragram photos for the last few weeks, that's been the theme more often than not!

 We have an active family of foxes in the woods behind the house who recently evicted last year's kit to work on this year's babies.  He has been noisily pining for his family and irritating the neighborhood canines for days...  But he's so cute!

We have an active family of foxes in the woods behind the house who recently evicted last year's kit to work on this year's babies.  He has been noisily pining for his family and irritating the neighborhood canines for days...  But he's so cute!

Ironically, as I write I sit in front of a smouldering bed of embers in the fireplace with a thick wool scarf (on the needles) to my right and my toasty little sheltie, Sundae, sleeping alongside my left leg.  It seems I have an abundance of warmth and comfort at the tips of my fingers - and it's definitely been inspirational for me this past week.

 Sunflower Suncatcher - with warm yellows, oranges and browns.   Click here  for details!

Sunflower Suncatcher - with warm yellows, oranges and browns.  Click here for details!

 Sunburst Suncatcher - with heated reds and a fire that burns from within!   Click here  for details!

Sunburst Suncatcher - with heated reds and a fire that burns from within!  Click here for details!

I find that simply gazing at one or two of the right pieces of glass can make even a gray, rainy (or icy) day seem bright, toasty and comfortable.

What have you been doing to stay cozy?