Happy almost weekend, all!!  I’m terribly sorry for my lack of bead offerings this week. It’s due to my selfish need to learn some new things. My mojo needs a bit of fuel and experimentation always seems to do the trick. Over the past week and a half I’ve spend most of my time learning to blow glass. Actually, I’ve blown glass before but only in small increments. Never had I actually devoted full studio days to my mission to learn how to properly blow glass, until last week. Now I am completely consumed in the process. Glass blowing is FAR more difficult than bead making because of the many challenges that it poses.

Applying intricate designs to blown glass is at the top of my list of difficult challenges to hurdle. I think this is one of the main reasons why I have given up and moved on so easily in the past. My patience was tested over an over again as I failed to produce what I felt like was a lovely blown glass piece. I have no clue why I set the standard so high in the first place. It’s like I purposely set myself up for disappointed. Looking back now, I remember when I couldn’t blow a gather of glass without blowing a hole in the side of my vessel. I also remember when I couldn’t get a uniform shape after days of trying. Since then, I’ve dabbled here and there as time would permit, only to give up and sweep the idea under the rug to be revisited at an undetermined date.

Last month, I made a personal commitment to advancing my glass blowing skill. Today, I’m happy to say that I can see myself coming along. I have a LONG way to go but I’m traveling swiftly!! The bad part about this is that I don’t have beads to offer this week. I do have a rejuvenated zest for learning new things at the torch, though. These little bottles have become such an addiction for me that I don’t want to do anything else. I made the “Bayou” bottle last weekend. I liked it, but I wanted something a bit different and more unique.

Each day this week, I’ve blown and dunked a bunch of bottles. They are now a mix of colorful glass confetti at the bottom of my water jar. The practical side of me struggles with this because when I’m dunking experiments, I’m not making a living. My practical voice often screams, “Time is money!! What are doing?!!!! Make something you can sell, ya big dummy!!” However, the rational side of me knows that this waste of time and product is necessary if I’m to grow as an artist. Luckily, I stayed on task and by yesterday afternoon I had finally achieved something that I’m proud of. I named the little perfume bottle and stand “Paradise Petals”. It stands a full three inches is tall. Woohoo!!! With a long road still ahead, I’m much encouraged that I’ll enjoy my travels. 🙂 Urghh!! I need a bigger torch though. Seriously!!

"Bayou" Perfume Bottle

“Bayou” Perfume Bottle

 "Paradise Petals" Perfume Bottle

“Paradise Petals” Perfume Bottle