Today my mother in law leaves her home of over 40 years to move out of state and be near her daughters, in a place where she can get the help she needs. It's a big move for a nearly 90 year old, and has forced her to sort through a lot of things and let them go. I can't imagine how difficult this must be for her at this age, to leave many of her things, routines, and friends after all this time. I will miss seeing her so often, but look forward to a visit to see her new home next month. And I'm definitely glad she'll be less isolated, and her needs better looked after.
it's a bar accessory from the 1950's. What a cool addition to my new studio this is! I don't think it's sturdy enough to do any real hammering, but it will be a nice thing to have around, and a warm memory of my in-laws, who lived the high life in Reno and Lake Tahoe, and were never caught short of the proper bar implement.
I think the only find that could have been more exciting may have been an absinthe balancier. One day I shall have one of these too...
Meanwhile in my studio, I'm happily practicing techniques I learned in a fabulous class with Sara Sally LaGrand at Bay Area Glass Institute last weekend, and adapting them to a series of work I've been dancing around ever since I started my glass journey. Sara is the ultimate artist, and I enjoyed every minute with her. She convinced me that I need to attend the Glass Art Society conference some day, where the focus is the art and creativity goes sky high. The fashion show sounded incredible. Anyway, if you get a chance to learn from Sara, grab it!
Here is the broach I made in class. I used some of the twisties I made recently as the center part of the "crater" beads, and as stand alone "pods". I'm always too overloaded in class to think about coordinating a nice color scheme, so this one was pretty random, but it still seemed to come out ok. The ninja is there to guard it from marauders, of which there were a few.
Shirley Cook was taking the class too, but apparently did not want her fans to know this, so she went incognito. Her piece turned out beautifully, as did everyone's.