With the new year comes hope for a better tomorrow and a reflection on the past. The holidays are behind us. We wonder how we made it through all the long lines, crowded stores or, in my case, all the last minute craft shows and commissioned orders that needed to be delivered before the holidays. But somehow we managed.
One of the best times I had, last year, was preparing for a children’s ornament making class. It was my first class and I really didn’t know what to expect. There were 24 students who signed up, ranging from age 6 to age 16. They were given options to make a Christmas tree, snowman or an ornament ball. The older children also had the option to decorate a 6×6 plate. I supplied all the pre-fused pieces, including hundreds of bits and pieces. I didn’t want anyone cutting themselves so there was a lot of prep work done so that there were no sharp edges.
Parents showed up with their children, and they were directed to a table where all the blank ornaments laid out and they picked the ones that they wanted to decorate. Then they went to tables to assemble using the tiny pieces of fused glass, glue, hairspray (used to keep the small pieces from falling off the ornament), and paints to create their one-of-a-kind designs. They were very excited and even the parents got in on the action. They picked from the extra blanks that were available and made their own designs.
After everyone completed their projects, I had to carefully transport all these pieces home to fire in the kilns. Some wanted their ornament decorations to be flat with the base glass, others wanted it to be a contour fuse, where there was still a “bumpy” feel to the piece, so different firing schedules had to be used. It took a lot of time, as each firing takes 24 hours, but they were completed two weeks later. Of course, I took pictures of the pieces before firing, but completely forgot to take the “after” shots. Rookie mistake! Here are some examples of their creativity!
Now, it’s time to restock inventory, schedule participation in the 2019 series of festivals and craft shows and just get better organized for a fun filled year of meeting new people and creating new pieces. I hope to see you at one of these events, so please look at my Events page https://darteglass.com/events/ to see where I’ll be. Also, please visit my website often to see what I’ve added to my store.
Happy New Year and please stay safe!
October 25, 2018
Where has the time gone? All of a sudden, it’s Autumn and getting just a bit colder. Lots of rain, here in Texas! Although everyone says we always need more rain, it sometimes can feel drab and dreary. Luckily that doesn’t interfere with my glass creations. The holidays are fast approaching and everyone will soon be getting into the holiday shopping frenzy. Hopefully, they will remember the small business owners that are everywhere around them.
I have a busy schedule, with weekend festivals all around my hometown of Farmersville, Tx. You’ll find them listed on the Events page.
Please be safe and smart during these holiday events. We all want to be able to enjoy our family and friends after all the holidays have passed. Take your time, be aware and enjoy these moments with those you love.
August 4th, 2018
Today we had a great day at the Farmersville Farmers and Flea Market, held at the Onion Shed. There were a lot of people out shopping, both at the Onion Shed and at the many downtown shops. Although the temps were in the mid 90’s, no one seemed to mind. I really enjoy talking to the people who stop by my booth. They are so interesting. I sold a few products, including a beautiful wind chime. I’m always happy when one of my pieces finds a new home.
I hope your summer is going well and that you are staying cool. On August 11th, I’ll be setup at the Forney Artisan and Farmers Market, located at 210 East Broad St, Forney, Tx. If you are in the area, stop by. It’s opened from 9am to 2pm and we’d love to see you.
July 4th, 2018
Welcome to DarteGlass. I don’t usually blog, actually I do better speaking to people in person, but I would just like to welcome you to my site.
DarteGlass is a place where I can feature my fused glass creations, as well as post upcoming events, where I will have a display booth to sell my products. It’s a fun way to meet people from various walks of life. We talk about my glass, about the weather or just about our day to day lives and challenges. Hopefully, I’ll be able to take that face to face experience and apply it here to my site, for you all to read.
Stay posted, I hope to add more soon. In the meantime, I hope everyone had a safe 4th of July holiday.
Now back to fusing!