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


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!!