Deep Winter and Quiet Mosaics

What is this weather!?  Below zero one day, 38 degrees the next, and freezing rain today?  It’s January in NH!  From my studio windows I can see what’s coming over the fields to the West but I know how changeable that can be.  I just have to make sure that in addition to my winter coat, I have an umbrella too.  From my door to the studio is just a minute but anything can happen!  I’m happy to be inside with the pellet stove I call “Peter Peter Pellet Eater” churning away quietly in the corner. It’s reassuring to hear the sound of those pellets dropping into the feed chute as temps dip lower and lower…

It’s been great to be back at work out there after all the busyness of the holiday season.  The focus at the moment is on a commission for a shop called Bowerbird in Peterborough, NH.  The owner saw my glass on glass mosaic work and asked me to make a bowerbird for her and several for sale at the shop.  For those of you unfamiliar with the bowerbird, it’s a fantastical creature from Australia that gathers objects of the same color and arranges them, very carefully, around a grass bower (an open arbor like structure) in order to attract a mate.  He spends all day long moving the objects about to get them just right.  The effect is stunning!  I’ve been having fun first collecting my own like-colored objects, then arranging them on my glass substrate.  It’s been challenging creating a dimensional effect that shows off both the bird and his collection.  The mosaic work happens in fitting all the pieces together and still leaving room for light to shine through the glass.  I feel very lucky and fortunate to be able to do this work.  I promise I’ll post photos as soon as I’m able.

Thanks for reading my blog.  Keep an eye out for upcoming mosaic workshops and I hope winter is good to you all!  Happy New Year!

 

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