Wordless Wednesday: Water Vessel from Toshio Iezumi

Industrial Art at the Michener Museum through October 25, 2015: Pennsylvania Labor History

Stratoz and I went to see the Iron and Coal, Petroleum and Steel: Industrial Art from the Steidle Collection Exhibit at the James Michener Art Museum(on view until October 25, 2015).  I was interested to note the context of this collection, assembled by the Edward Steidle(1887-1977) Dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State. […]

Rainbow Language

I have a compelling desire to create rainbows.  I have made many of them in mosaic.  Once a woman came into my craft show booth and was smitten with one of my rainbow panels, but said she couldn’t buy it because her husband would be affronted by the gay implications, and gave an awkward shrug. […]

One for Japan

Stained glass by Wayne Stratz. Commissioned by Michelle Francl for Nakamura-san. Michelle Francl writes about the visit to Nakamura-san What happens in Wernersville. . .goes to Japan

Collage Meets Glass: Braque and Gemmaux

This piece caught my eye at the Corning Museum of Glass.  It was mounted in front of a lightbox and the colors of glass emerged in glowing layers.  Before I started making mosaics, I made collages with magazine paper and the Gemmail technique is like having those scraps of paper turn to glass.  Artist Jean […]

Poetry Four Square at Poets Walk in Rochester, NY


Listening: Gift for a Spiritual Director

Listening was my natural state as a child.  Listening to the adults tell stories to me, or talk to each other above me.  I became a writer with my storehouse of listening. Stratoz and I had a Christmas commission to create a sign with the word Listening for a spiritual director.  Listening had become a […]

Wordless Wednesday: Asymmetric Log Cabin Mosaic in Virescent Green

Wordless Wednesday: In the Garden of Nutmeg Designs with Midas

  More Midas: Midas with Buddha Midas with Sunflowers Midas with Mosaic Bowling Ball

Independence Day: 4th Anniversary of Self Employment

July 2014 is the 4th Anniversary of my Independence.  My employer closed the library in which I worked and let me go.  I am thinking about that phrase, “Let me go.” They let me go, and I went.  I was scared, anxious and sad.  I worried about money.  I felt unnecessary, obsolete and hurt.  They […]

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