Glass on the Move!!!

Happy Holidays!

Dreams really do come true!!  Over a year ago I had the idea to do a mobile glass studio.  Something I could take to shows so my customers could see how I make my glass pieces, because usually when I stand at shows and say “I make all my glass pieces”, most people look at me like I have three heads.  I have also found that when I have had the chance to demonstrate how I make glass pieces, that I sell a lot more.

The original plan was to build the studio from scratch.  That was supposed to begin this past summer, but my husband and I were busy with work all summer and it never happened.  I knew about this mobile shop that wasn’t being used, and I had asked about it on several occasions, but was always told the owners were not interested in selling.  I thought I would ask one last time at the end of October, and they were ready to sell!!!!

On November 1st I purchased my gypsy caravan to be the Bahama Dawn Art Glass Mobile Studio!

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Here she is making her trip home.  First she was a food truck, then a souvenir shop and now she will be a mobile studio!  She is completely outfitted with electrical, outside lights, even roof ventilation!  She just needed a little TLC and some paint to be revived.

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(Above: a before shot!)

Before her first showing, at Island Marketplace in Treasure Cay last weekend, we were able to get painting done, my work bench installed and some painting done.  Eventually I plan to have two work stations for students to try out the process, and have some beads to put on a bracelet.

(Below: an after shot, but still a lot of work to do!)

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She is nowhere near completion just yet.  As you can see, I had to pull out some old paintings just to make it look colorful and cover some areas that have not been addressed yet.

Shelving needs to be put in, my kiln and glass rack need to be installed, and to the far right a larger bench for the student work stations needs to be built.  We will get there, and for now she is serving her main purpose which is allowing me to demonstrate.

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Hope to see you at a show sometime soon!

There have been a few changes to my show schedule also.  The Holiday Show at Pete’s Pub has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 17th.  The Open House at Bahama Dawn has been postponed until the new year, probably sometime in February.

The Holiday Rush!

The holiday rush is in full swing!  I love it! I get so motivated and inspired!

Island Marketplace, last weekend, was FANTASTIC!  Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the event.  The next one will be December 3rd, and they will continue to be the first Saturday of every month, thru April.

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Sunday I was back in the studio.  I am also working in some new glass pieces and new pottery pieces!

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Hopefully by the first of December I am going to have some SUPER EXCITING news for you!  It is something that has been in the works for several months and all of sudden in the last two weeks, something big just fell into place!  It is killing me to keep it a secret, because I am so excited, but I want it closer to completion.  So sorry to tease you, but stay tuned!

My next show is Jollification, in Nassau, on November 18th, 19th & 20th.

Hope to see you there!

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Other dates to remember:

Pete’s Pub Show, December 10th

Bahama Dawn Open House, December 16th & 17th.

~Island Marketplace~

Just a quick reminder that Island Marketplace, in Treasure Cay, starts this weekend and will continue thru April, on the first Saturday of every month.  Come out and get some holiday shopping done.  I have some new items available, and lots more to come!

We will be there from 9am ’til 2pm.

Also at the Market will be other artists, fresh produce, bath items, plants, homemade breakfast foods and a bloody mary bar! You don’t want to miss it!

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SEE YOU SATURDAY!

~New Signs~

I have been a busy bee the past few weeks trying to get new inventory made for upcoming shows!  Here are some of my new signs, and here are dates for my first two shows……….

November 5th, 9am – 2pm Island Marketplace, Treasure Cay

November 18th, 19th, 20th, Jollification, Nassau.

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I will also have lots of new glass, pottery and fabric items!  See you soon at a holiday show!

One Thing Leads to Another……

Today I thought I would share with you how my ideas and the items I make are born.  Everything, EVERYTHING!, starts with a doodle.  I am a queen doodler, and if you ask my students, in so many of my classes I tell them to doodle, doodle, doodle!  It is the best exercise for the creative mind.

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These doodles above are from one of my many sketchbooks, and they were done years ago. Would you believe they served as inspiration for the staircase that leads to the classroom?

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I’ve had this bench hanging around for 12+ years.  My husband built it and it had been painted many different colors, many different times.  My dogs even had a go at chewing on it once!  It needed a makeover, and now I wish I had taken a before photo, so it hit me one day to paint it to match the staircase and use it in the classroom!

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Now I can’t get the design out of my head, and I want to build on it.  Last week I was working on mono printing some hand-made fabrics for possible classes in 2017, and while I was printing I wondered if I could use the same printing technique on wood.  So I gave it a shot on some small scrap boards for signs, and it worked!

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On the sign boards I printed the background and then added some of the doodles from the bench and the staircase! Voila! A new idea was born.

As you may have noticed, on the staircase and the bench, I added an inspirational saying, so the signs needed to follow suit.

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My next step is to print the doodles, rather than paint them, for use on fabrics.  Maybe a new quilt design, a glass piece, a piece of pottery????  Where will this design go next?  Knowing my creative brain it will be all of the above!

Peace, love and creativity!

Island Christmas Online Class

Island Christmas Block of the Month Online (and in person) class is going great!  I just wanted to remind you that thru the month of September you can purchase the class for $60.  On October 1st the class will be listed in my Etsy store for $95.

There is so much more to this class than just the Christmas quilt!  There are lots and lots of bonus projects.  Soon to come are some bonus videos talking about my design process.

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The mixed media piece, pictured above, is going to be the topic of one of the bonus videos.  I am not asking you to paint, nor am I going to give you a painting lesson.  Join us and see what was born from this piece, and how it came to be.