Sharing Space (with a glass Orca)

What does a commission process look like?


Initial drawing in watercolour  for fused glass commission


As you may know from seeing previous posts here I have been happily and excitedly working on a fused glass commission piece for a sea side home.

The overall panel, divided into 3 segments, is framed in steel, and measures 23" tall by 68" long.


Assembled cut sheet glass with powders and frits ready to fuse in glass kiln.


These pix show some of the process as I play with the orca imagery in paint, felt pen. I also created with orca imagery in a couple of trial size fused glass panels you can see here.


2 Side panels of fused glass commission ready to go in the kiln for fusing.


This process developed over the space of a few months.

Sometimes large commissions can take several months from start to finish, depending on how busy my studio is and what is the timeline for the project.   Sometimes it waits for a renovation to be completed, or a new house to be finished.


Side panel with seaweed and waves in glass ready to fuse in kiln.


I like to have time to mull things over, for the project to have some breathing room in my head before it takes life in glass, wood or steel.  I am fast "muller" at times also. It is variable.


Fully fused main panel in fused glass orca whale commission piece. 24"x18"


“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke

I love it when a project FLOWS like this one did. Stay tuned for pix of the finished piece on my next post!


Blue Trees and Sacred Studio Space

Wowsies! well, I am kind of slow off the start with my blog postings this year.....I guess that goes along with my idea of S L O W I N G down with some real intention this year....

I am working a lot in my studio this month....sometimes January is a slower time in my studio naturally...however this year that is not the case at this is good practice for me to REMEMBER to calm down, slow down and really enjoy the whole process....and I must say that I am remembering  this intention much more often!
I am finally learning to "kiss the earth with my feet" other words, to feel my connection to ALL as I move through my days and nights....
these pix show a work in progress, for an architectural commission....more to come on this one....I am loving it.
I am also creating a new altar/sacred space in my beloved studio....a dedicated space to breathe and remember what is real, what it's all about.....

fused glass panels before firing

close-up detail of flower before firing

2 panels fused, 1 showing, 2 still being created