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Ramsey Hall’s new work unites the hands of artists across the centuries.My very latest work focuses on ancient roman glass pieces, dug from the deserts of the middle east. This unusual material captured my heart and mind the first time i saw it;  I wondered about its ancient maker and ultimately its role as an everyday utilitarian object and all the humans from the past who touched it.”  

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William Glasner worked glass in a traditional manner until a visit to Venice in 1982, where he discovered glass faceting or carving. Recently, he started applying this method to a series of carved beads that are jewelry proportion. “The hand-carved beads featured in this jewelry are unique in the 3500-year history of glass bead making. Amazingly, even though people have been creating glass beads for millennia and carving glass for nearly as long, extensive research has been unable to yield historical examples of similar carved glass beads. In making my beads, traditional techniques are combined in an innovative way to create a historically new bead style.”

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Anna Carlton is drawn to cloisonne because it is ideal for exploring myth with its ‘unlimited ability to express ideas in line and color.’ Scroll through her blog for a window into her life in Santa Fe, NM and additional photos of her ‘mythic’ explorations.

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Rob Snyder’s work appears to be a pile of sticks held together by hidden connections. It is hard to believe they are sticks of…GLASS. “Making art is a direct reflection of my journey through life. My approach is centered in letting go of preconceived notions of both process and outcome. This requires a quiet yet playful frame of mind, allowing me to create without questioning direction. It is a slow unveiling of form out of chaos and spaciousness—allowing enough stillness in mind, and then saying yes to what appears. The Sufi poet, Rumi, eloquently speaks of this as being played like a hollow reed.”

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If yesterday’s post had Melaine West’s name written all over it…then today’s post belongs to Carol Simmons. The Brewster Kaleidoscope Society is an international organization of kaleidoscope enthusiasts. “Named after the inventor of the kaleidoscope, Sir David Brewster, its purpose is to share and promote the beauty, creativity, and joy of these mirrored tubes of magic.”

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Scroll through Karen Gilbert’s site and you will find a wide range of styles and materials. “i see my work from two sides.  one is the exploration of materials; the other is the content of my ideas. the functonal forms in nature and science, put together, are those we find familiar.  i see these most primal forms as roadmaps for everything we think and feel.  the smallest can be a visual representation of the larger complexity.  what is underneath the surface is what i choose to explore. i try to question ideas about where comfort and beauty are found.  the objects i make are my expressions of a new narrative.”

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Pavel Novak was born and raised in the Czech Republic, a country with a tradition in impeccable glass craftsmanship. “His sculpture and jewelry are made from the highest grade of optical glass which is ground, polished, laminated, colored, and sand blasted. Pieces that will become jewelry are also combined with sterling silver that has been hand fabricated. Every piece is one of a kind, and is the result of hours of labor.”

Today is the long awaited day for my husband’s reconstructive surgery. I hope to continue posting during the post operative days…but I may miss a day or two…or more. We are upbeat and confident, but a few prayers would certainly be appreciated.

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