Fused Glass from Tropics of Costa Rica

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Enhancements

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.

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Bottle Boxes

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So, you’ve been wondering what I do with all the wine and beer bottles

that you’ve been saving for me.

Here is my first run of bottle Boxes; good for trinkets, earrings, salt, votives,

or Grampa’s ashes.

Each box is made from two bottles, the lid is decorated and fired to fit over the cut bottle.

These Jam Jars will be for sale at Samara Organics.

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

New Work

I’ve just put some new pieces into Samara Organics.

Lots of jewelry too.

Bandaids

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I’ve been making Bandaids for years; graphic layering of opaque and transparent glasses.

Here’s a new series in hot and cool tropical colors – it’s summer here in Costa Rica.

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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.

 

 

Just another successful class

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These students made votive holders and night lights.  Nice work, ladies!

Verano class schedule: Monday, Thursday, or Saturday mornings, 10am or 1:30 pm.  Call for reservation.  $35.00.  ask for resident’s discount.

Bottle Bird plates

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Keel-billed Toucan

By now, everyone on the planet has seen the ubiquitous slumped bottle/cheese plate.

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Ringed Kingfisher

I’ve added a Costa Rican tropical bird to each one, most of which I’ve seen here in Samara. Read the rest of this page »

Send me your empty, your poured.

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After yesterday’s kiln repairs, these lichor bottles look just as I expected: bright, transparent, without spots and no cracking.  Now I’ll paint them with tropical birds that I see around my house.

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These are the ones I fired last week when the kiln wasn’t working properly: lots of devitrification (chalkiness), bubbles, exploded bubbles, and generally ugly.  I am so pleased to have figured out the problem.

Send me your empty, your poured.