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I’ve just put some new pieces into Samara Organics.
Lots of jewelry too.
It was a big class this week, so we stuffed fused glass art into every corner of the kiln. Two plates, two votive holders and two night lights. A great family activity produced hand crafted vacation mementos.
Another fun glass fusing class with beginner, Jeff from California, and frequent fuser, Roy. Colors seemed to be of a theme on this cloudy tropical morning. But Roy, this votive holder is my favorite piece yet of yours. Great design work! Nice arrangement of colors, darks and lights, and, of course, “surprise”. It’ll catch the candle-light beautifully.
Friday afternoon, we made light catchers with students from Mareas Homeschool, here in Samara.
We talked about glass: what it is made of – and glass fusing: what happens when it is heated in a kiln.
We talked about color, the color wheel, and how different colors work together.
We used pre-fired pieces of fusible art on top of a clear base sheet, in designs to match or drawings.
Here are the light catchers, with hooks, in the kiln and ready for firing up to 1490 degrees farenheit.
Twenty-four hours later, we opened the kiln to find the pieces of glass fused to the base sheet.
Colored light, ready to hang in a window.
Kids classes can be scheduled for small groups. Call for more information.
A variety of colorful and bright of colorful pieces made in this week’s class: a nite-lite, 2 plates, and a votive holder. It’s fun to see how different personalities are manifested in light and color.
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.
I’ll quote you the additional shipping costs before you purchase. I can accept credit cards or Paypal.
I’ve just finished a new series of fused glass jewelry.
There are several different styles.
Earrings, pendants and bracelets.
Handmade in Samara.
On display and on sale at Samara Organics and Dragonfly Gallery in central Samara. c4,000 ($8.00) each.
I’m really excited about a new series I’ve started.
I was so inspired by this gorgeous photo by Frans Lanting, that I attempted to recreate it glass and copper.
How’d I do?
Glass fusing classes are offered Monday, Thursday or Sat. mornings at 10 am during high season. c10,000 fee includes class, materials, tools, and two firings. 2 hours class. Allow at least 72 hours for firing (before you leave town). Jewelry classes are scheduled by request.
Call 8977-1576 or email for a reservation (required).
Come melt something!
Playa Samara is home to an abundance of creativity. Come see what local artists make.
Friday 24 January 2 – 6 PM
At: Samara Organics in the Natural Center.
Paintings – Holly Crenshaw, Davina Pritchard, Marlene McCauley, Patty Shattuck, Nathan Miller, Sara Lacrimi. Davina Pritchard
Mixed Media – Maria Fernanda Galvez,
Fused Glass – Lavae Aldrich
Sculpture – Nancy Reilly
Jewelry – Gallery Sandalo, Anita Azul, Josefina Riccheri, Lavae Aldrich
Clothing – Josefina Riccheri, Anita Zuzul
Wood Frames – Jim Casey
Children’s activity table – Crear
It’s always exciting to open the kiln after an all-night firing. The results of our first jewelry class were successful.
Linda’s pendants turned out well, with bits of dichroic sparkle. Ready for a simple silk cord.
Becky has a nice blue set with a pendant and earrings. Here copper mesh earrings are swell.
When Roberta picked up her pieces, she sat right down and fitted the findings so that she could wear her earrings and pendant on the plane home.
10 AM Monday 21 October 2013 at Casa Gecko Glass
You’ll make 5 pair of earrings, pendants or charms.
We’ll use copper wire to embed hooks in the firing process. Bring your fabrics to make jewelry to match your favorite dress. Just in time to make Christmas gifts. I have findings for pierced or un-pierced ears, as well as pendants.
Call or email for a reservation. Class size limited to 5. 8977-1576 or email@example.com. C10,000 ($20.00) 5 pairs of earrings or pendants.
Brooke just finished this beautiful 8″ vegetable/chip bowl using a mold that we’ve just started using. Fabulous results!
A new cake plate catches the light like jewels.
14″ diameter, dead flat, it sits on three feet.
In tropical Costa Rica, everything rusts, rots, or returns to nature.
Angelina, owner of Samara Organics recently lamented, “I wish I could find a basket that wouldn’t fall apart.”
So I made these 14″ diameter baskets out of recycled glass, left-over from construction projects.
They’re fun and functional. Washable, anti-fungal, and non-rusting. Perfect for the tropics.
Casa Gecko Glass was featured in the August issue of our local bi-lingual news magazine, The Voz de Guanacaste. Take a look at what the class produced and read Ariana McKinney’s article.
Danny Carrillo Gomez lo hizo ese regalo para su mama para honrarla en su dia especial. Danny made this gift for his mother to honor her on this special day in Costa Rica.
I recently posted a “schedule” for winter (invierno) classes. Seemed like a good idea. And those times are still available. But if you can round up another student, we can find a time that’s convenient for all. Remember to allow 3 days for kiln firing your art piece before you leave town.
June through September
Beginning Glass Fusing – Monday and Tuesday afternoons 1:30pm – 3:30 pm or by appointment.
Reservation required – 2656-1010. 4 students max, $20.00/ 10,000 colones. No experience required.
Classes are offered at our studio in Playa Samara, Costa Rica. You will make a piece of warm glass art, fused and slumped. Allow 72 hours for firing.
Continued learning and project specific studio time is more than possible. Call or write for more information.
Combine glass fusing with a tropical vacation. We have accommodations for you and your family at Casa Mango and Casa Papaya.