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Yesterday was almost spring like here on the farm making one especially eager to do clean up and preparation for new things. In that line of thought, I began to work around the barn and wound up in the chicken house. I have been planning to enlarge my flock of hens…well at least double it, actually. With so many people in this family eating eggs, my 6 poor little hens were working overtime to keep up with the demand….and then they went on vacation… no eggs for a couple months!!
I decided an update of their living quarters was in order. The cleaning began and in the process I decided to use up as much excess glass as I could. Having built stained glass windows for the last 25+ years you can believe there was a lot to choose from. So, I filled the window sashes…all eight of them… with lovely colored glass. Of course the chickens are delighted… as I am sure the new members of the flock will be when they arrive. My mother dubbed it the ‘chicken church’…and my grandchildren thought it was even more wonderful than before…and clean. (They delight in ‘getting the eggs’ which then hopefully get to the house intact. Some get scrambled along the way…but the dogs are always happy to oblige in clean up.)
As the sun set through the chicken house windows I could hear my hens softly humming. It had been another fine day on the farm.
This is the newest piece of glass in the front window of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts. The show theme is ’ Artist’s in Wonderland’ so I let myself play a bit! This piece is three dimensional. The tree is built on the surface of the stained glass from copper wire (rescued from the recycle bin)…and stretches forward toward the viewer. The little dragonflies and star are also raised off the surface of the glass.
Come to the gallery…all of us did a bit of playing in the studio!
My great love for the Appalachian Mountains inspired this piece. There is nothing more beautiful than the soft colors of the distant hill. This is a multi-layer glass landscape casting using fine powdered glass and glass paint to achieve depth and color. Look for the path through the trees…follow the light.
Cast glass is 6″ x 6″ x 1″ and is attached to an oak block.
Made of hundreds of tiny hand-cut pieces of glass, this piece sparkles in the sunlight…
Using a multitude of small squares of glass this flower-scape was ‘drawn’ and then fused into one panel in the kiln… It is framed in Oak with a Tung oil finish. It can be seen at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts .
This kiln-formed platter is 12″x 18″ with a 3/4″ deep center…
with multicolored glass and copper inclusions…
metal captured between the pieces of glass.
The stand is an aged piece of cedar
from the farm.
This smiling face is one of the sweet girls in the pasture. Her name is Joy. This colored pencil drawing is available as a print and as a greeting card.
(Above):In 1978 we made our home in this wonderful old house in the mountains of Tennessee…sweet memories. Both of these pastel paintings are available in two sizes as a giclee prints.
(Below): Memories of winters in New Jersey from my childhood make winter seem wonderful, but now I am awed by how those tiny birds not only survive…but thrive.