Monthly Archives: October 2010

I’m always thrilled to find a soul willing to follow a path to the arts after a life in the more “stable” professions.  How many of us recall parental cautions against trying to make a living in art.?

“If you want to minor in studio art – fine – but PLEASE, major in something that will pay the bills.”

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No secret here: among our Evil Pleasures, Dan and I count single malt whiskies in the Top Ten, just slightly below kiln-glass, Scotland and our cat Annie.

So, no surprise that I was hugely excited a few months ago when a Google Alert took me to the blog of a major Scottish artist making a window for a Highland distillery, using Bullseye frits.

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I like Cynthia Morgan a lot. Not the least of reasons is that she frequently does what I think I need to be doing before I do it. So it was today.

Last Friday afternoon Dan and I had dashed up to Seattle for the annual Pilchuck auction. It was everything it always is: brilliant, energetic, a snapshot of the glass art scene caught in a much too fast moment one Fall evening each year.

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I’m a glutton for studio visits, especially home studios. An artist surrounded by raw materials, works in progress, finished pieces, ideas in the process of transformation – I’d rather this than the pristine organization of gallery or store any day!

Not that Valerie Adams isn’t organized. Her garage studio last weekend was perfectly arranged to welcome the hundreds of visitors coming through on Sonoma County’s 25th annual ARTrails .

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I’ve watched Scottish-based artist Amanda Simmons’ work for the last few years as she developed her practice in kilnformed glass. Her singular style, exquisite color choices and the coherency of her line are unmistakable – as they obviously were to the judges who presented her The Gold Award at ORIGIN 2010: The London Craft Fair.

“London, September 29, 2010:  Amanda Simmons, based in Corsock in Dumfries and Galloway, has taken first prize in the Crafts Council and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) Export award 2010. Over 200 contemporary craft makers exhibiting at this year’s Origin show were eligible to apply. This award provides the successful applicant with the opportunity to explore a chosen overseas market and get bespoke export advice from a personal International Trade Advisor.

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