I just received my summer catalog for Uno Alla Voltra (UAV) where this original Earthfire Arts Glass is featured as an aspirational piece in a beach house photo backdrop. I was somewhat disappointed however in the quality and clarity of the image, so I am providing a simple, yet much more reflective picture on this blog.
It really is a beautiful piece with the dark blue evening sky and rich sunset hues set against the amber glass beach and was made exclusively for UAV. Each Earthfire piece is always unique because they are all handmade, one at a time, so no two pieces are ever the same. If you are interested in "Beach Sunset", please visit Uno Alla Voltra's online catalog (page 5/37) for information on purchasing the piece.
I contributed to an article by Jackie Adamany of IndieMe Now on trade show preparations. It’s a good read if you are considering wholesale shows in the future-page 28.
Wonderful class last weekend! The night lights are ready to go home with their artists! Such a wonderful and enthusiastic class. I do love watching students go through the creative enlightenment process starting with "What should I do?" and ending with "Wow, these all look so cool!"
I just completed the auction piece for the fundraiser for Special Angels of The Woodlands. What an incredible program for adults with intellectual challenges and disabilities. The Woodlands is my hometown and my dad was one of the founding fathers in its creation, so I hold a special place in my heart for the piney woods of east Texas (in this case Montgomery County).
If you are in the north Houston/south Conroe area and have aspired to own one of my pieces (shameless pitch I admit), please consider the auction for Special Angels on Thursday evening, April 5th at 314A Pruitt Road, Spring, 77380. It is a wonderful cause and will go towards lifting the lives of those with mental disabilities. To learn more, click on the link above.
New Designs (L to R):
So after nearly a year of prototypes, changes and negotiations, Aspen Light Glass is going to be featured at the US Senate Gift Shop in Washington DC just in time for the spring cherry tree blossoms :) It is something quite different from the usual in that we are using stencils and powders to create the Capitol silhouette and then building the cherry tree blossom vignette in classic stringers and frit. Hopefully we can get it all wrapped up and shipped out before the blossoms emerge, but in the crazy climate change weather these days, who knows when it will actually happen. According to Punxsutawney Phil, I have at least 6 weeks to go before the spring event.
So, new designs are in the making. There will be 5 new designs in Aspen Light Glass, including a winter mountain, 2 beach, and 2 flower scenes...who knows...maybe more. I'll post the finals when they are done and then onto the new Earthfire Arts series.
The new year will bring several changes to the studio. We will be expanding the Aspen Light Glass Studio line with possibly new beach/ocean themes, prairie scenes (yes sunflowers), desert Southwest landscapes and Texas Hill Country memories of home to name a few.
We will also be adding a new line to the Earthfire Arts Glass that will introduce reverse image palette knife glass with frit work. I have done several of these a commission pieces in the past and now will be making several as a permanent line to dimensional glass.
Look for more information in mid-February on our line expansions.
We will be doing southeast and west coast summer shows this year in San Francisco and Orlando. At the ACC San Francisco show, we will be selling both retail and wholesale lines so if you have wanted to buy directly, this will be an opportunity to at the show. Orlando will be the new wholesale show--American Handcrafted--which is the rebranding of the ACRE shows by Emerald.
Finally, we will be posting the 2018 class schedule in late January. We are planning on 3 or 4 classes this year, including basic fusing and slumping, creating glass night lights, the glass ornament class and working in mosaics and fusing together. Class size is limited so don't wait if you are wanting to attend a class. Registration links will be posted on the class page.
2018--bring it on!
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.