Traveling Orange: Photographing Mosaics

I have been experimenting with photographing my pendants on a white background to help the colors shine.  I love my old windowsill, but sometimes the patterning in the wood competes with something small like a pendant.  One of my favorite aspects of mosaic is that it changes with the light, and yet it makes for […]

New Day Mandala and the Grace of the Sunrise

  I love how Stratoz describes our collaboration on this New Day Mandala: Orange and Blue are opposites that complement each other in this mandala to greet a new day. As refreshing as a night of rest this glass mosaic is a circle of hope for being renewed with the rising sun. Designed and started […]

Pianos in Orange for National Piano Month

September is National Piano Month.  This piano immediately caught my eye when Stratoz and I went to the Philadelphia Flower Show in 2009.  The theme was jazz, and featured this amazing Steinway with orange keys and an art glass top created by Dale Chihuly. Witnessing glass art was one of the reasons I became an […]

James Siena: Labyrinthian Structures at Cornell University through December 20, 2015

“I don’t make marks. I make moves.” – James Siena Stratoz and I went on an excursion to Ithaca, NY, and one of our stops was the Johnson Museum at Cornell University.  I was smitten with the James Siena: Labyrinthian Structures exhibit, and the intricate patterns of Siena’s prints.  I have walked labyrinths, and the convolutions calm my […]

Orange in Whitehall: Shelves at Warner Glass

  A Trip to Warner Glass

Chef’s Table and Niki Nakayama: A Banquet of Beauty

Previous Orange Tuesday subject Cathy Vaughn mentioned she was watching Chef’s Table on Netflix, and she was blown away by Chef Niki Nakayama.  Stratoz and I added Chef’s Table to the queue, and witnessed the artistry of Niki Nakayama’s food, and learned a new word, kaiseki.  Kaiseki is a 13 course meal that originated in Buddhist […]

Transforming Rolls of Adding Machine Paper into Vibrant Color: Sculpture by Jae Ko

    To make her mark she was searching for a material never before used. In grad school she had worked on rice paper, and made installations and books. “I didn’t want to use something you could get in an art supply store. I was experimenting. I would try and try until I could get […]

Trusting the Artist Self

The individual pieces that make up a mosaic are called tesserae, and making a topography of tesserae is restorative to my soul. Especially in orange.  Sometimes I get this longing to make something without knowing how it will turn out.  My artist self can be very astute and wise in the studio, in ways that […]

Cathy Vaughn and Copper Art from Tracery 157

  What of the pleasures of doing craft shows is meeting new artists.  Cathy Vaughn of Tracery 157  introduced herself, as we have Phoenix Handcraft as a  friend in common.  She came up from Richmond, VA with her copper art.  Her booth caught my eye right away.  Copper is a vehicle for orange in its […]

Getting Ready for Wilmington: Orange Ombre Mirror

On July 25 & 26th, 2015, I will have my work at the Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair at the Chase Center in Wilmington, DE.  I am shepherding my mosaics out of the studio and down the stairs for staging on the dining room table.  I’ve been reading Gretchen Rubin’s book on habits, Better than […]

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