May 14, 2012
Hi Friends and Fellow Glassy People!
Well, the long awaited trip to Delphi is over, and we had a great time. They were wonderful hosts, and the two classes we taught were filled with great students from all over the northern states. Michigan is beautiful, and I now have literally hundreds of pictures of tulips and other blooming flowers for future reference. :) We are going to be working on a blog for Delphi in the future, and we appreciate the opportunity to write about something we love. Look for it on the Delphi website soon.
And it just gets better! This year we won second place in the Delphi Online Contest. We want to encourage all our readers to enter next year as it is a wonderful gallery...free...to display your work, and there's the chance to win! Winning first place two years ago was a huge boost to our business. People from all over the glass world received the announcement about the winners, and there's always the possibility that they will use your photo in one of their publications....they seem to really like the pictures of both the glass and the artist together. Usually there is an announcement sent out to Delphi email recipients early in the year about dates. So sign up! Hope to see you in the gallery next year.
This summer we will be teaching "The Bridge to Nowhere" at Hot Glass Houston for five days. It is easily the most difficult workshop we have taught to date, but the piece will be wonderful. The "Bridge" is an actual bridge in Round Top, TX, built by Mr. Finke, a master stone mason from that area. Part of the challenge of the piece aside from all the oaks is building the bridge ourselves.....tiny piece by tiny piece! :) The class is limited to eight students, and the prerequisites are experience with glass cutting and fusing. If you've never been to Hot Glass, then be ready to be impressed. Bob Paterson is just the best. The space is spacious. The workshops are wonderful. The place is prepared...and clean! The glass is flowing............what else could you ask for?
EXCEPT THIS: While visiting Bob a few weeks ago, I was thrilled to meet up with Brad Walker again for a short visit. As we were leaving, he and Bob helped us carry out our glass purchase, and now I have permission to say, "Brad Walker carried my glass!" :)
Come see us if you're ever in the Piney Woods of Texas. New article about the studio in Postcards from the Piney Woods, a regional publication, is available online if you'd like to take a look. We really appreciate their support and interest in our small business.
~ Donna and John
The three-panel mural below was delivered to Crow Holdings in Dallas this January. Each panel was approximately 22" x 32," layered and fired seven times. The last firing took over nine days.
Donna and John
170 Scott Rd.
Huntsville, TX 77320