The Elephant in the Garden (part 2)

I am very excited to finally share these pix with you ALL!

Lord Ganesha project completed and safely ensconced in his new hOMe.

 

 

Fused glass and steel Ganesha and us in our home.

 

It took me a bit of time to go through and gather the images and do the editing. I have had many projects leaving my studio in the last while and taking the time to post about them and share the details takes time!

 

Lord Ganesha was honoured and welcomed into his new garden home in a beautiful Puja (prayer) ceremony that included the pouring of milk, water, sandalwood paste over the form of the fused glass and steel Ganesha sculpture.

 

You can see and read more about the ceremony with Pandit Tejomaya at Yoga Sadhana Mandir here.

I am grateful and honoured to have been asked to create this powerful symbol in fused glass and welded steel. Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles

We have been connected to Ganesha ever since we went to India several years ago, where he is revered as a Lord.

Om Ganapataya Namaha

 

 

Steel and fused glass Ganesh with Cricket Cat!

 

Detail pic of beautiful metal work and face detail.

 

Lord Ganesha's consort, a mouse.

 

Just me and Lord Ganesha in our home, before he leaves for his new home at Yoga Sadhana Mandir.

 

 

Ganesha in his new garden home at Yoga Sadhana Mandir.

 

Pandit Tejomaya and my metalworker and partner Ode Howard and me in the temple garden after the puja ceremony.

 

 

Do you SEE the Elephant in the Room? (part 1)

The Ganesha Project had been in the works for about 6 months before we bent a piece of steel or cut a piece of glass.

 

It began as a wish, a desire on the part of a local Yogi and Priest in the Himalayan lineage. Pandit Tejomaya of Island of Peace Yoga Studio (the name has since changed, it's part of this story) came to my studio and asked if I would be interested in talking about the possibility of creating the sacred Lord Ganesha in a fused glass and steel sculpture.

And I jumped at the chance!! Even though I knew creating this amazing deity would likely involve some challenges.

 

To start, we needed to wait until a time of year when I had more time and not too many other pressing projects. I knew he would need my full attention. But of course, he is a God after all. One of the most loved of all the Hindu gods.

 

The first bends of steel on the Ganesha drawing.

 

Then I began playing with simple drawings of the sculpture to see how to make it possible for metal to be bent to the shapes, and for me to be able to cut the glass to the shapes. The outlines of my sculptures always have to take into account the technical aspects of metal bending and glass cutting.

 

My metalworker, Ode, grinding the steel frame of Ganesha.

 

Once we worked out the basic design, with input from the client and from the metalworker, the steel bending could begin! As you can see this sculpture required very specific and advanced metal bending. I am so fortunate to have an accomplished craftsperson, my partner Ode, to work with on these projects.

As you can see he is FUN too!

 

We had some fun with this too! Steel framed Ganesha.

 

Ganesha was hanging with us for awhile before I was able to start on the glasswork. He was very welcome to be in our home.

 

Ganesha hangs out near the fire.

 

Once Lord Ganesha arrived in my studio I needed to live with his basic shape for some time before I was ready to start cutting the glass and adorning him.

 

Ganesha steel frame arrives in my glass studio!!

 

I started with his feet. In Indian culture touching the feet of a God or Guru, and an elder is a sign of respect. It felt like the right place to enter for me.

 

First cuts of the glass for fusing.

 

I was asked if I could write the Sanskrit words to the Gansha mantra somewhere on the sculpture. I thought it would be cool if the words was subtly drawn into the folds of his garments. I used glass powder to do this part. Listen to the sacred mantra here.

 

Drawing into glass powder the mantra to Ganesha.

 

And on it went, as I created his hands, his feet and torso. It was a good feeling to have this many body parts all in the kiln....ahhhhhh.

The head, the most difficult part for me, was still to come.

 

Stay tuned for more!

 

Many parts of glass Ganesha ready for fusing.

Hearts, Open and Bright!

Hearts, hearts, hearts! 
The world will do well with more open loving hearts. 
I am continually refining my ability to keep my heart open...it can be challenging, especially when I come up against someone or something that sends me into protective mode.....it is an ongoing process.
People get into a heavy-duty sin and guilt trip, feeling that if things are going wrong, that means that they did something bad and they are being punished. That's not the idea at all. The idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart. To the degree that you didn't understand in the past how to stop protecting your soft spot, how to stop armoring your heart, you're given this gift of teachings in the form of your life, to give you everything you need to open further.
Pema Chodron
Fortunately for me I see so many examples of people living from their heart, people modeling the direction I want to continue to travel toward.
This fall I created a line of tabletop hearts, sculptural pieces of all sizes, from 14" tall to 45" tall. They have almost all gone to new homes already, so I think/feel/believe that hearts are a theme that resonates with many people.
It's all about LOVE.....and love is so much more than romantic love....open heart love for all beings, plants, animals, fish, forest.
Love is infinite, it is where we come from, where we return to, who we are.
i love u.

Summer Chickens...flying out of the studio!

So, it is the very FULL, very active time of summer days.....I am currently preparing for a few shows this summer...and I consciously did not choose many of the opportunities that came my way  (I am very grateful for the opportunities)....

in an effort to also have a life outside of my studio this summer.....and soooo....I am learning!!....about pacing and breathing and taking breaks....The power of TIME OFF.....!

I have many many new things coming up.....I'll be keeping you posted of where and when the shows are, in August.....and you will see some sneak peaks of new upcoming artwork!
see ya soon...................

Lola, Glass and Steel Chicken Sculpture

Layla,  Glass and Steel Chicken Sculpture
LuLu, Glass and Steel Chicken Sculpture

West End Gallery Show

Cricket Cat with glass Salmon

Glass Bird on Glass Tree top

I have been full up in my studio preparing for my West End Gallery show....it opens this weekend, May.18th! ....artist reception from 1 to 4.....

I have created many glass sculptures, all are delivered to the gallery now....and I am showing with 2 of my fave artists, both painters and all around super creative people.....Grant Leier and Nixie Barton of the Barton-Leier Gallery.....

pix of the show in situ, in the gallery will be coming up next week.....stay tuned! 

And now for Something a Little Different

these pix are pieces of mine that are in a group show called "text" that opened last night Aug.23rd  at Gabriola Artworks....i am in this show with some amazing artists....here is the list: check out the links....

Jeff Molloy ..............................paint and mixed media
Sheila Norgate .........................paint and mixed media
Doane Gregory ........................photography
Mariko Paterson McCrae...........ceramics
Lindsay Stocking Godfrey ...... silver and goldsmith
Nancy Crozier ........................  stone carver
and me of course....

wall gems, glass on wood, glass bones

detail shot of "bones" in glass

Text in art glass
bones in glass

The Adventures of Packing Glass


this flower bouquet is on it's way to montreal to the Shayne Gallery....along with assorted glass bowls and platters....you can see a little of the process of packing glass to ship...it is my least favourite chore.....this is the one time when i can truly procrastinate....i imagine the ease of packing for textile artists or jewelers, although i am sure they have things i haven't thought of that they contend with ...

 this bouquet is 51" tall so you need big boxes....and you need to create thick walls and lots of padding...especially for a trip that far east......

cricket always like to sit on any paper that gets set on the floor.....even a little bit of  scrap paper...it is cute..!!


i am happy to be sending some larger work out there, it is the 1st time for anything this large, although i have been showing and selling my glass there for several years.....  lauren, the owner, really likes the bouquet...i will be sending smaller ones out in the next few weeks also!


what is your shipping process like?

Studio Tour 2011 and CBC

wow!!!! what a busy season this has  been....i am finally going to take a bit of a breather....yay!!! there was another glass show i was invited to be part of that opens in 2 weeks and i am sooooooo glad that i chose not to participate....i don't usually turn down great opportunities but this time i really needed to step down .....ahhhhhhh......... please enjoy a few pix from the studio tour!!  here is a link to my interview on north by northwest with sheryl mackay....it was fun! 


Arts on the Avenue Show

so, as you may know, i was down to the Arts on the Avenue show at Ladysmith last weekend
it is a nice art show, with some really great art. i was invited to be the guest artist and had a 20 x 20 covered area to inhabit for the day.....cool hey?? 

 i only had 1 1/2 hours to set up so i was grateful to have 3 helpers for most of that time....whew...it was a rush for sure...to put on a full glass show in that short of time is crazy!!! but we did it....i had amazing help at home on gabriola to get me started... thanks to kathy ramsey!! gallery owner extraordinaire.... and i also had some great display stands built by my guy....yay!!!

 the volunteers were helpful and friendly.... kathy, rita, claudio, rod, wendy, mimi (love that name)...thanks to all of you...and it was a big crowd, with some real art appreciators.....thank you Ladysmith!!

3 piece screen
reflection of screen on asphalt

i love the reflection that glass makes.....

up next, studio tour in october, right here in my own studio.....but 1st??? a nice little camping trip and some relaxin' time....oh yah......and more painting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1st Ever Spring Show and Sale

 here are just a few pix from my 1st annual spring show!!! i had a GREAT  time! i just LOVE inviting people to my studio world....i work alone most of the time so it is really great to share my studio and my new work with so many people!! thank you all for coming to support me! i even have a video that i will learn to upload so that all of you who were unable to attend can have a virtual tour...next post maybe!

penelope's long shadow

garden stands
buddha and flowers
mini gems and 6 x 6 wall tiles
glass and mixed media

honey bee wall tile

pineapple bowl and fish bowl