Fused Glass from Tropics of Costa Rica

Portfolio

Soup’s On

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Pink Nebula

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Green Nebula

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Yellow Spoon Rest

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Blue Nebula

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Super Nova


On Tico Time

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fused glass clock

Whether you’re in the tropics or not, these handmade fused glass clocks will keep you punctual.

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They’re made with recycled window glass. (Thanks Kristina.)

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Most will be available for sale at Sámara Organics Market.

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$50.00/c25,000 each


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Washed in from the sea?

 

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Red coral wall piece, this fused glass artwork of transparent reds with black accents looks like it washed up on the beach. The flat bowl shape stands just off the wall so that ambient light makes it glow from behind. It would shimmer with an added halogen fixture.

This piece was commissioned to hang in a home here in Costa Rica.

 


Black and Copper Platter Sold

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This 14″ black glass platter sold at the Friday market in Samara recently.  Made up of glass, copper inserts, and high temperature paint, it’s on it’s way to a home in nearby Punta Islita.  I didn’t get the buyer’s name, from Albany, Oregon, but I thank you for your support .

 


Christmas Tree Ornaments

 

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Simple wreath

I’m running late this year but I’ve just finished some new Christmas Tree Ornaments.

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Wreath with Bow

The wreaths are about 3 1/2″ diameter.

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Snowflake

The snowflake is 4 1/4″ diameter.

All ornaments are $10.00 each.  I’m taking orders now for delivery on Monday 12th in central Samara.  Email or call me.

 


New Glass Paintings

New England Lighthouse

New England Lighthouse

 

 

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Starry Night

 

 

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Samara Bay with Barco

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Here’s a photo by Alex Alvarado of a morning on Samara Beach

 

 

 

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And my interpretation in glass – Samara beach Morning


Enhancements

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a- j6 blue heart  Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of wire-wrapping over glass “puddles”.

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When I make mistakes in fused glass pieces, I break them up and re-fire them into “puddles”.

Tree of life pendant Sometimes, I use these puddles in other fused glass pieces – see if you can find some in my portfolio – but often, I turn them into jewelry.

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Lately, I’ve been wire-wrapping them as earrings and pendants.

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I started with the “Tree of Life” – I love this simple motif – and then branched out into some more abstract designs.  a- j7 j8 j9

My friend, Connie – she is great with beads and beading – helped me enhance these pendants with beaded ropes for necklaces.

Tree of life pendantSome of these pendants will be shown in Samara Organics soon.


New Website

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Gecko Glass

Gecko Glass has gone live with a new website at http://geckoglassart.com.  Check it out for new work, classes info, and portfolio.  You can still follow my blog for news and events by clicking in the right hand column here.


New Frit Paintings

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Calle Santo Domingo

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Sunrise at Arenal

 

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Repairing the Nets

 

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Isla Chora and Punta Indio


Sold

 

 

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Thank-you to my good friend and patron (through all my careers), Lynne Alexander.DSCF3728

These two 7″ square plates are ready for shipment to Seattle.  Lynne says she’ll use them for candles.

 

 


Birds of Paradise

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Handmade fused glass samara costa rica

A new series – The Birds of Costa Rica.  (We have seen all of these from my house.)

Black-headed Trogon

Black-headed Trogon

Hoffmann's Woodpecker

Hoffmann’s Woodpecker

I “paint” with powdered glass and frit onto float glass.

Long-tailed Manakin - Toledo

Long-tailed Manakin – Toledo

Some I put on bottle glass.  Here is a Bombay Gin bottle, repurposed.

Great Kiskadee
Great Kiskadee
Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

You can buy these birds in their wooden display stands at Samara Organics, in Playa Samara – c15,000 ($30.00)


Recycling the Chorotega

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With the new skills I learned recently from Michael Dupille, I am reinterpreting the local Chorotega pottery, made by the people indigenous to this part of Costa Rica.

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The families are still working at Guaitil and San Vicente to create traditional designs which are highly patterned and usually symmetrical.  Often they have iconic animal figures in the center.

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I start by making new sheets of glass, using broken wine and beer bottles.  I’m still working out the firing schedule, hoping to get the glass more transparent.

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Then I add my interpretations of the Chorotega designs, using Michael’s “Scratch and Frit” method with glass paste and frit.

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It’s time consuming and labor intensive.  It gets fired several times.  But the glass is free and I have the gift of time.

I’m thinking of slumping these into shallow plates, which will help the light pass through. What do you think?


Inspired by the sea

Red blue coral, 13" diameter, C22,500

Red blue coral, 13″ diameter, C22,500, available at Gecko Glass

Blue green coral, 10" diameter, C12,500

Blue green coral, 10″ diameter, C12,500, Sold

Lavender blue coral, 10" diameter, C12,500

Lavender blue coral, 10″ diameter, C12,500, Available at Samara Organics Market


A New Year’s Eve wedding gift

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I was commissioned to make a wedding gift for Jim and Evelyn, who tied the knot on New Year’s Eve.  We shared a lovely evening and sent them into their new life together with an amazing fireworks display over the ocean.  I hope this 14″ platter will remind them.  Best wishes to a great couple.


Currents

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A new series, “CURRENTS”, will be on display tomorrow at Samara Organics Mercado & Café.

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And Costa Rica is so very green


New technique

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This is a fun piece I just finished.  I feel a series coming on.


New Jewelry Sets

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Fused glass earrings and bracelet set. (Clear and dichroic glass, glass beads and copper wire.)

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Sold separately at Samara Organics. (Fused aqua and dichroic glass, natural turquoise, glass beads and copper wire.)

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Fused glass earrings and 21″ necklace.  (Fused blue aventurine and dichroic glass, lapis chips, glass beads, and copper wire.)

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(Green aventurine and dichroic glass, glass beads, and copper wire.)

Earrings – 4,000 colones

Bracelet – 5,000 colones

Necklace – 7,000 colones


Limited US Shipping

 

Red Leaf Platter - 8" x 14" - $54.00

Red Leaf Platter – 8″ x 14″ – $54.00

I’m headed north in a few weeks from my home in Playa Samara, Costa Rica.  I’m going to the US, where shipping of my hand-made fused glass art work will be a lot easier and safer.  Some of my customers have been patiently waiting for my next trip to the land of UPS and Federal Express and will be rewarded with delivery in early July.  These pieces below are still available for purchase.  Let me know before 21 June 2014 by Facebook message or email if you’d like one of these beautiful works of hand-made glass art sent to your home.  Or call.

Striped plate, green & blue transparent - 6" x 6" plate - $22.00

Striped plate, green & blue transparent – 6″ x 6″ plate – $22.00

 

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Waterlilies - 6" x 6" plate - $26.00

Waterlilies – 6″ x 6″ plate – $26.00

Waterfish - 6" x 6" plate - $26.00

Waterfish – 6″ x 6″ plate – $26.00

Flores, cranberry on yellow - 8" x 8" plate - $18.00

Flores, cranberry on yellow – 8″ x 8″ plate – $18.00

Sea Green 2 - plate 8" x 8" - $32.00

Sea Green 2 – plate 8″ x 8″ – $32.00

Sea Green 1 - Plate 8" x 8" - $32.00

Sea Green 1 – Plate 8″ x 8″ – $32.00

I’ll quote you the additional shipping costs before you purchase.  I can accept credit cards or Paypal.


Fundidos – New jewelry at Samara Organics

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I’ve just finished a new series of fused glass jewelry.

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There are several different styles.

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Earrings, pendants and bracelets.

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Handmade in Samara.

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On display and on sale at Samara Organics and Dragonfly Gallery in central Samara.  c4,000 ($8.00) each.


Waterlilies Redux

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glass fusing in samara costa rica

I’m really excited about a new series I’ve started.

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I was so inspired by this gorgeous photo by Frans Lanting, that I attempted to recreate it glass and copper.

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How’d I do?


Tropic of Christmas

fused glass christmas ornaments

fused glass christmas ornaments

Christmas Ornaments with a tropical twist.  For sale at Samara Organics Mercado and at Dragonfly Gallery.  Or contact me for an order.  I’ll be hanging mine on the potted Ficus tree.


Queque anyone?

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A new cake plate catches the light like jewels.

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14″ diameter, dead flat, it sits on three feet.


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Nite-Lites

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We now have nite-lites. (more…)


Basket case

recycled glass fusion

recycled glass fusion

In tropical Costa Rica, everything rusts, rots, or returns to nature.

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Angelina, owner of Samara Organics recently lamented, “I wish I could find a basket that wouldn’t fall apart.”

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So I made these 14″ diameter baskets out of recycled glass, left-over from construction projects.

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They’re fun and functional.  Washable, anti-fungal, and non-rusting.  Perfect for the tropics.