Friday, December 2, 2011

Fire Gathering December 17th 2011



Annual Fire Gathering December 17th! 10am-8pm
This event is a time when folks who have spent time blowing glass with us are invited to come back to an OPEN STUDIO. Kid friendly until 4pm.
Other fire wrangling artists are invited to collaborate in the space and share their medium. It's a time to stoke the creative fires as the sun reaches it's weakest state before celebrating the solstice and it's return. So if you would like, please come to our annual party, find a last minute gift in our gallery, watch a number of creative fires burning through out the space, and raise a glass or cookie to the joy of life!
Made possible by our local sponsor -THE FIREY SUN.

christmas fire party version 2010
from f/8nate (nate parker) on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Holiday Season 2012

Well here we are with the warmest of Novembers trying to get into the holiday season!
I am still eating salad greens and going for long walks with Serafina, so the burr factor hasn't made me start singing It's a "marshmallow world" or anything.
The furnace is on and the ornaments are flowing through our busy hands as we melt swirl, rake and dunk the gathers into all manner of traditional decorations. We are told our ornaments are often left up all year since they are too pretty to only use on the Christmas Tree. Thanks!

You can find us and a great batch of sparkles (blown glass) at the upcoming crafts shows. We are making lot's of gift items for you to choose from.

Art For Dogs Sake -Nov 19 Cape Elizabeth, ME

A super way to feel good even before the gift giving begins is to come to the following show to see us, and to help some homeless pooches :D

Saturday, November 19 · 10:00am - 4:00pm

Sprague Hall, Cape Elizabeth, MAINE

1 Charles Jordan Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Lucky Pup Rescue is a nonprofit organization dedicated to placing dogs in a ‘forever home’ where the needs of the dog and the life style of the adopting family are met ensuring many happy years together. They work to re-home both local dogs in need (regardless of breed) and southern dogs from overcrowded shelters. They have helped place over 900 dogs in 4 short years!

Directions: From Portland cross the Casco Bay Bridge and head South on Route 77. You will pass the IGA Shopping Center & Cape Elizabeth High School both on the Right. Just after Cape High turn Right on FOWLER ROAD, follow to the end. Directly across the intersection is Sprague Hall.

Designing Women in Portsmouth, Nov. 26, 2011, Portsmouth, NH

Frank Jones Center
400 US Highway 1 Bypass
Portsmouth, NH
9 am-4 pm

This is another way to feel good in so many ways, being a localvore, buying USA and helping women in need. the mission of Designing women is to showcase high quality arts and crafts by women artisans and benefit local, nonprofit services that support women and their families. In past years we have worked with breast cancer support groups, transition to work programs, art/therapy retreats, shelters, and counseling programs.

Island Arts Association Holiday Craft Fair
9am to 5pm- Friday
9am to 3pm- Saturday

The IAA's 38th Annual Holiday Craft Fair features high quality crafts by Mount Desert Island area artisans in a wide range of media including pottery, jewelry, knits, photography, quilting, handcrafted bags, handblown glass, woodworking and more. Proceeds from food sales help support the heating costs of the MDI YWCA. Free IAA shopping bag to the first customer for each vendor each day. Free coffee on Friday from 3 to 5 pm. Free cookies on Saturday from 1 to 3 pm. Free gift wrapping for IAA purchases all day on Saturday.
Atlantic Oceanside Conference Center


119 Eden Street, Route 3 Bar Harbor, Maine


, Bar Harbor, Dec. 2 & 3












Designing Women in Portland, Maine Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 am-4 pm

Portland

Woodford's Church

Woodford Street
Portland, Maine

Luncheon available


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Land and Sea





EXHIBITION “LAND AND SEA” June 17th to July 29th,

REBECCA KRUPKE AT ATLANTIC ART GLASS,

An opening for the artist was held June 17th from 4-8pm

In the show, “Land and Sea” Rebecca Krupke teams up with Ken and Linda Perrin of Atlantic Art Glass to explore the idea of solids and liquids within their artistic mediums. Whether captured on canvas through images of the land and sea or formed from molten glass, both are interconnected with the landscapes and seascapes that drive their artistic works.

This is the first exhibit for Krupke in the Ellsworth region; the exhibit will feature over a dozen original oil paintings intermingled with the Perrin’s glasswork.

Rebecca has shown in over twenty International Juried Exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland and Italy.

She received a grant in 2003 from the Printmakers' Council of Charlottetown to be an artist-in-residence and subsequently spent six months in Prince Edward Island, Canada producing a concentrated body of prints, paintings and drawings.

In March 2007, Rebecca exhibited at the Galleria Sottoportego in conjunction with the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy. As a Visiting Artist, Krupke taught courses on mono-printing techniques.

Her work concentrates on a moment in time. Drastic control of light sets a mood in the viewer.

Preparing for this show Krupke says,“Light casts life, sparkling, casting shadows and shining...Oil paintings and glasswork are liquids slipping into solids. Both reflect nature, and personal connections and both are elements of the earth taking new shape through the artists’ vision."

Press, The Edge

Press, Village Soup



Monday, May 23, 2011

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.


Ken in Erica Gordon's Class
Michael Cullen preparing a "pyroglyph" on wood.
HMS0C is located about 45 minutes from where we live. It is on beautiful Deer Isle here in Maine.
It is a magical place, and idyllic place, an inspiring place. Artists come from all All ALL over the world to study with each other.

Linda in her wood working class.
Every spring, a course is offered in alliance with the brilliant Maine Crafts Association, an organization determined to further the artistic opportunities for the artisan in Maine.
Although this program has been going on for a million years... Ken and I have never attended, that is, ....not until this year.
We had always been encumbered by the usual "artist making a living" syndrome. "Ooooh we are too busy" etc. And Glass blowing is never offered in the spring....
But do you know what? Who cares? We went to learn about other mediums!!
Ken studied with Erica Gordon, a real pistol ready to bring blacksmithing into the future!


The cool metal components Ken create during his work shop.
And my instructor was Michael Cullen, who taught us how to sharpen our wood tools and then how to use them! Wood carving, who knew it would feel like doing cookies in a chevy, Chevette on an icy parking lot? I am hooked!
I know it seems like because I do glass every day, my muse should be fat and happy, but I need a "hobby" and playing with wood is like coming full circle for me since I cut my artisan chops many years ago building furniture for Cheryl Riley.
Ken and I had a fantastic time, and have vowed we will never miss this opportunity again!
Enjoy the photos below,(all photos were taken by Judith Paolini author of the Inspired Gardens) and go to Haystack any chance you get!!!
John Clark with a draw knife, my new favorite tool.

The camaraderie is the best!
Giving thanks indeed!



Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Presenting!!

This spring we have been visited by the Downeast Senior college,
we have been visited by 5th and 8th graders from the Holbrook, Maine elementary school, and we have gone to the "Elm City" to present in a PechaKucha. It's fun to say yes to all these requests to share what we love to do.


To see a video of the PechaKucha see below I was the ultimate presenter, so there was plenty of time to get nervous...!



The group from the downeast senior college pictured above braved the cold spring weather in early April to visit the studio, learn about our process and to watch a glass blowing demonstration. After all the fireworks the visit sank into a lovely conversation about the blown glass jewelry we make. The bright color of the beads was eye candy for the ladies.



The group from the Holbrook School was super fun, the kids were almost as enthusiastic as their chaperones and teacher, Lynn Nickerson! We truly enjoyed showing them up close and personal how something so hot can be so cool!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Buyers Market of American Craft

It's that time of year again, we have been getting ready to show our glass jewelry and whimsical blown glass vases and such at the wholesale market place in Philadelphia. The show is called the buyers Market of American Craft. For those interested in buying USA, buying quality, and buying work that will sell in your artsy shop. This is the place to be!!
February 17-21. in Philadelphia, PA at the Pennsylvania Convention center.
New this Year
Tassel Necklace














Happy Endings Vases














and Orbit Ornaments














Here is a video of how we make these! It is our version of the traditional Christmas ornament or friendship ball.!
video

Friday, January 7, 2011

Studio work in full swing!

Full swing indeed!
Photo credit, Nathan Parker, shown below arriving to the studio.
Here he "Caffi-Nates"before getting on the Cane Train.

Nate has been blowing glass with us at Atlantic Art Glass for NINE years!!
I met him under the hull of a red bottomed lobster boat in "Hulls Cove" Maine. There he worked construction for RL White and Son. Now he understands every facet of our work in the studio and has been the most reliable and creative force!!












Can you guess what I'm doing and why??? :D