|Mom & Olivia watching the glassblower
2. The next week I met lampworker Hope Gibson when we were in St. Croix. The most important thing I brought home with me is her motto, "Relatively Close." Her beads may not be perfect, but they're gorgeous and she doesn't sweat the small stuff. I have pockets of perfectionism here and there, to the point of not being able to try certain things if I don't think I can do them perfectly. Lampwork falls into that category, and I need to constantly remind myself that I am not going for awards; I just maybe need some blue beads. (Hope's other motto is "Be bold, eat chocolate, wear art" and I have taken that to heart as well.)
|Helping Mommy buy downspouts
The local glassblower never called me back about studio space, and that turned out to be exactly what I needed. I still had all my equipment (torch, hoses, kiln, oxycon) from our old house, so I finally decided to have a contractor install a window in the garage with sashes the size of a box fan. Then I got a great idea for glass rod storage from Kerry Bogert using vinyl downspouts.
And right after that I found out I was pregnant and spent the next few months (first trimester) exhausted and napping whenever I could. I had lost my steam, and all I had really needed was some new bead release. (Bead release is the stuff that keeps the glass from permanently adhering to the metal rod around which you are winding the glass.) But...
3. Two weeks ago I drove through the Finger Lakes region on my way to my in-laws' house. I stopped in at Artizanns in Naples, NY and found this awesome bracelet with wonky, earth-toned beads. Wonky=irregularly shaped, and in this case it was fabulous! Very organic, where lampwork is often bright, cheerful, and perfect. It made me want to make beads -- earthy, sloppy ones. So I ordered some new glass colors (first time trying Creation is Messy) and fresh bead release. I still need to test out the hose connections and pressure, then do an incense test on the ventilation.
So... I'm closer to making some lampwork than I was six months ago, but I'm still not there yet. Not to mention that school is out so Olivia is home every morning and I am trying to work ahead making jewelry to sell in the fall when our baby is due. Glass rods don't go bad, just the bead release. So if I don't get to do everything on my studio to-do list this year, so be it. I'm in the season of Having Small Children and that's what's important right now. I'm down with OPB (other people's beads).