We are working with Weehawken Creative Arts to set up 2 classes this fall at the studio. They will be in mid-October and November. Please visit the Class Schedule page for information about each class, registration and other details. We should have the registration page up by next week. Class size is limited so don't wait too long if you are interested. If you are from out of town and need special lodging arrangements, contact me and I can work with you to make sure your stay is reasonably affordable.
Hop you can join us this fall! The live links to register for each class are up as of 9/5/2017.
Last year I apologized for not having my annual ornaments available for purchase and promised I would make them for the 2017 holiday season. I am managing to keep my promise despite the pending move and have begun making the prototypes. I will have 8 styles this year--4 rounds and 4 rectangulars all as frit paintings.
I have not yet decided if I will retail them myself online and at the new studio or if I will try and wholesale them through many of my clients. I do know that they will be limited editions as in years previous and I will only produce 10 of each for a total of 80 2017 ornaments. If any of my readers have an opinion on how I should market and sell them, please comment so I can get a sense of which way to go this year.
This July 21st, Aspen Light Glass Studio will be moving from Ridgway to downtown Montrose Colorado (30 minute drive). It will be hard to leave Ridgway after nearly 5 years, but the move is good for me and especially good for the business. Truth be told, my studio was just not large enough anymore as my business continues to expand.
I will have much more space to work and will have a large open area that we will use as a classroom for teaching glass classes. A number of followers over the years have expressed interest is classes, but I just did not have the space to accommodate classes in Ridgway.
We are planning on working cooperatively with Weehawken Creative Arts to arrange and schedule classes hopefully beginning in late August. Classes will be anywhere from a day to 4 day workshops and there are several hotels within walking distance for overnight students as well the Montrose Regional Airport that offers flight to and from many major cities (it serves the Telluride tourism industry). I will also keep a class roster on this website with links to registration information. I plan to teach a broad range of classes anywhere from intro to fusing to the basics of frit and powdered glass painting.
If you are interested in a specific class, use the contact form on this site to share your interest and what type of class you are looking for. I will keep a contact list to inform you of upcoming opportunities in studying kiln-form glass at the new Aspen Light Glass Studio.
I want to apologize to those who have contacted me about purchasing my holiday glass ornaments. Ornaments are the one product that I have continued to make in COE 96 but because of the announced closing of Spectrum and Uroboros Glass, I have decided to discontinue making the ornaments this year. I do plan to make them next year, but I will convert over to Bullseye Glass--I just didn't have time this year to switch over and get them made.
It has been an insane year for glass artists and we have all been effected by the decision to shutter much of the American Colored Glass manufacturers. I want to personally extend my gratitude to Bullseye Glass for hanging in there, not succumbing to taking the easy way out, and committing to making the process both clean and safe for their neighbors and employees. I am more proud than ever to say I use Bullseye Glass and that it is still made in America.
Look for my Bullseye Glass ornaments next year!
Thank you American Made Show for the Meet the Maker feature heading into the Dallas Market show in June!
I haven't posted a pictorial chronology of a frit painting in a very long while, so I decided to document a frit ornament of a client's ranch property in the Hill Country. From left to right:
Its that time of year again for mega ornament production. These are a sampling of my repetoire this year, both whimsical and painterly. What I like about making ornaments is there is instant gratification--they sell almost as fast as I make them. Helps to boost the ego and feel validated as an artist.
November brings turkey and lots of winter pieces. I am terribly excited about this piece that just went into the kiln for 5th and final fire. I have built the background slowly, taking care to build each layer individually leading up to the early spring leaves topped with fresh snow. I'll post the kiln opening below tomorrow.
Haven't blogged in a long time and I felt the call tonight. Our second winter storm is bearing down and it is a great night for firing and writing.
This will be the second piece in a row that I will give away. My brother and sister-in-law participate in fundraisers this time of year and often ask me to make a piece for the auction. The funny part is that my brother always outbids everyone for my pieces so he is subsequently acquiring the largest single collection of my work! I love my brother and sister-in-law because they have always supported my work.
The piece is going in for second firing above. Since they live in Louisiana, I decided to make a wooded scene that will have a swing hanging from the tree. That is my memory of childhood.
The other donated piece was from the Anne Nye advanced palette knife class at Artisan Village in Coolidge AZ. I love the low desert flora--saguaro cactus, ocatillo and prickly pear are my favorites so I did one and left it with the Artisan Village Foundation for fundraising for the center.
Yes, I am a nice guy. Yes, I am a generous idiot. No, I am not getting rich off my art--surprise!
Let me officially introduce the EARTHFIRE ARTS initial product line--painting by Ann Cheeks, glass by Diane Quarles @Aspen Light Glass Studio and metal work by Joanne Taplin@JT Metalworks! There will be a sneak peak of 4 of the initial product line this Sunday afternoon at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway Colorado.
Welcome to the blog! I am the artist and gallery owner, Diane Quarles. I will post day-to-day outcomes and events here so you can see what is going on in the studio this month.