Wednesday, May 1, 2019

"Our Town" Art Show & Sale

This is probably one of the shortest shows around but there is such a wide range of work available in one place by Michigan artists. 

I have taken part in this show for several years and enjoy it very much. 

"Diego" will be there - this is the first time I've sent one of my feathered buddies to this show.

There will be several pieces of my jewelry as well.

The necklace is a piece that was inspired my our trip to Morocco last year.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Meet Diego!

Here he is! He's sleek, has on his red hightop and ready to go! He's a mixture of my lampwork glass, feather and seed beads.

He's currently residing at the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale, MI. He'll be there thru December 21st. Then, he'll return to his flock here in Troy.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Winter Wonders Glass Show & Sale

Short notice but Fire Dance will be taking part in the Winter Wonders Show on Saturday, November 3rd, 10AM - 4 PM. Details and map are below.

I have been (and still am} recovering from some surgeries so no pictures of new work - will get them up later -

Hope to see you at the show! Be sure to say "hi" and let me know you saw my post.


Friday, June 8, 2018

"Glass Act"/Southeastern Michigan Glassbead Makers Guild at Bead & Button

It's Bead & Button Show time again. It's the world's largest bead show. I will have my beads, components and some finished work in the Glass Act booth - #1016.

There will be new pieces will be available for the first time at this show.

I have been exploring other materials that can be used to with my lanpwork glass to make jewelry and jewelry making components. And ways to make the pieces lighter weight and a little less expensive.

This is a new piece, it can be use as a pendant or a pin-back could be added

When I was little, my mom would plant portulaca. I thought they were so pretty and colorful - 

They remind me of the crepe paper flowers you find in Mexico. 

Below is my version of Portulaca. They have a wire loop in the back and can be threaded onto ribbon, beading wire or used with jump rings. 

Will have to post finished pieces later. As I always say, I'd rather be in my studio making stuff than playing on the computer.

More to come!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Traditions Unlimited

Am behind as usual with my blog. But have many things to cover.

While in Puerto Vallarta I met a gentleman, Ray, from Erie, PA and to make this short - wanted to put my work in a gallery setup in Traditions Unlimited

Ray works for the State of Pennsylvania's Area Agency on Aging.

And for March, I am their featured artist.

And no, I have no problem with "The Art of Aging". 
As long as I am aging - I'm still on the planet.

So Valiant, Bonnie Blue and Ms Suess had the opportunity to travel to Pennsylvania.

I am happy to have a new place to show my work.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A New Friend

While on our trip last fall to the Galapagos, I found myself sketching idea for making a turtle.  

We had seen literally tons of Galapagos tortoises (they weight 400-600 pounds). 

The land tortoises are certainly "interesting" looking, but not very cute and cuddly inspiration. We were told by our guide at the Darwin Institute that Stephen Spielberg had visited the Galapagos a couple of years before the movie ET came out and he was inspired by the tortoises faces for the character of ET.

We were given a very good guide book to keep and it did have some pictures of the sea turtle but I then remembered I had pictures from a previous trip to Cancun and the turtle farm where they collect the sea turtle eggs, protect them after hatching until they are big enough to return to the ocean.

A  long and drawn out way to introduce my newest glass animal friend...
He doesn't have an official name yet. We are torn between Y.A. Turtle but you'd have to be a football fan going back to the 1960's to get it. And there's Yurtle the Turtle but he doesn't remind me of Seuss's Turtle.

We shall see what his name is soon...

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Inspiration in the Wildest Places

Last September, we were fortunate enough to go to the Galapagos Islands and experience the wonderful creature that inhabit the islands. 

We were told not to go within 5 feet of the animals (the animals and everything on the islands is protected - including the stones) We we amused because on several occasions the animals were as close as in "you humans are going to have to step over me cause we're not moving."

At any rate, I fell in love with the Boobys. 

There are 3 kinds, the Blue-footed Booby, the Red-Footed Booby and the Nazca Booby.

Have tons of pictures - we watched a mating dance and they paid no attention to us.

I purchased a couple of figurines of the Blue=Footed Booby for inspiration. One was very realistic and the other was more "whimsical". 
Guess which one was my biggest inspiration - the funny one.

So here is my take - on the Blue-Footed Booby. HIs title is "Scooby Dooby Blue" - think Frank Sinatra.