A huge thank you to all the people at Glasscraft for a great
two days of teaching in Golden Colorado
A bigger thank you to all the artists who shared this class with Lewis and me.
I demoed a yellow hibiscus flower on the first day
and the students then tried it doing an amazing job for never having
done small flowers. Boro artists usually make very
symetrical generic [I call them space flowers] flowers and do it well.
What I teach is how to make a flower that is realistic
and gives the impression of movement.
The second day I demoed a daffodil which is easier
to create once you learn the easy method I use. Both flowers are harder
to make in soft glass because of the heat issue but my
knowledge and advances in boro have been incredible even to me.
Thank you everyone for a great time.
Now I am going to actually write a book on disassembling
and reassembling any type of flower.
Teaching Boro Flowers
On the Torch
Hellebores in Boro
Boro orange hibiscus
boro red hibiscus
White Hibiscus Boro Flower
Branch of Dogwood Flowers
My latest sculpture with Boro glass is a branch holding four dogwood flowers. It is about 3x5 inches and is done without needing to be posted on wood or stone. Even though my progress seems slow, I am actually trying to achieve a specific goal. At the moment making the branches look more authentic is necessary though artistically the solid color is pretty.
Branch of Dogwood Structure
Boro Pink Hibiscus Flower
Boro Purple Hibiscus
Light Purple Flowers
GLASS SCULPTURE ARTIST
FICTION ROMANTIC AUTHOR
I started working on the torch in 2003 setting up my torch station in my home. Like many I started with Moretti Glass, a Minor torch and no kiln. The first six months was interesting with some very unattractive beads. I then upgraded to a Lynx [still my only torch] and a Toolbox kiln by Don McKinney [I still have it]. My next upgrade was for a generator that would run my torch since getting oxygen while working full time in a law firm was very difficult. After a few years of working with Moretti glass, I switched to Bullseye Glass. I have bought tools and have a lot that I don't use but I do have small tools that stay near my torch. I am now creating with boro glass. Each time you change your set up or your glass, the learning curve starts all over again.
My publishing of my writing started in 2007 and my first novel was published in 2013. My stories are romantic, often historcial settings either out west or during the Civil War. I love to write and I love to make glass flowers.