Friday, August 9, 2019

Meet the Silverferns

Had the pleasure of visiting New Zeland this past spring. And became enchanted by Kiwis - the bird. 

A little info on them - kiwis are flightless birds that are native to New Zealand. They are nocturnal and about the size of a chicken. They are hard to spot in the wild and are on the endangered list. 


We saw a pair at at zoo in Napier - or we barely saw a pair. They had low level lighting and you could see a round fuzzy with thin legs and a long beak.


I was inspired by the little guys - there were stuffed animal versions, ceramic, metal versions of them everywhere you looked. 


I was inspired... Meet Kiwi and Wellington Silverfern. The Silver Fern is the national symbol of New Zealand - not going into the details of why - It is also the name of the New Zealand Women's Netball team. 

This is Kiwi Silverfern - an avid fan of the ladies Netball team. Kiwi loves kiwis - the fruit that is.



And this is "Wellington Silverfern" - named after the capital of New Newland.


Though he is a "Silverfern", he supports team Black Ferns - the NZ's senior women's rugby team who are the most dominant team in Women's Rugby World Cup title. If you get a chance - check out the Black Ferns Haka.


There's a lot of New Zealand wrapped up in these little guys! Hope you enjoyed meeting them.




Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Flock Keeps Growing!

Meet Camille -




She is a Florida Fashionista. She's wearing her green "Ughs" and decked out in her matching feathers and flowers as she strolls down the beach. She almost had a purse but that's what pockets are for!

She's headed to the Philly area next month for BeadFest. 


Maybe she'll pick up a purse along the way.

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.

x

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.


Thanks,




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.