For the last month I have been busily making ornaments (done!) and small Gaia lamps (done!), and am now doing the grinding and drilling of the vases to light them. I have begun making the large pieces now, and have two of eight made. Over the last week I have had two people claim their perks for blowing in the studio. One was a family who had a series of pieces made; two paperweights, a small drinking glass for a delightful little lady, a small gold ruby ruffled vase, and a large pink and purple Nautilus bowl.
Once the pieces have been drilled and lit, all items will next be packed and shipped. The weather has been glitchy the last couple of weeks, resulting in the family that came recently to reschedule due to a power outage that sent the furnace to a temp that was too low to gather the glass.
Today, with snow coming down, I hope to get out to the studio to get more large vases made before the weather gets so bad that we have another power outage. Fingers crossed! Unfortunately, in the area where the studio is located, power outages are far too common. It makes me wish I could afford a large diesel generator that will kick on so annealing ovens at least can stay on so no work is lost due to too-rapid cooling.
So before I head out I am including these pieces that were made recently in an effort to use up some of the colored glass that was used for the recent perk-claimers who blew ornaments and suncatchers. These pics are all from the same piece, which goes to show just how much variety that can be packed into a piece such as this. I hope it helps brighten your day, especially if you hail from our neck of the woods, which is facing as much as a foot of snow in the next 24 hours. Enjoy! Stay warm!