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The trusty Paragon Kiln

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Beautiful Glass

Yesterday I said good-bye to my large Paragon kiln and the bulk of my fused glass. They went home with a new glass artist, Christy, who has a passion for the medium. As she and her brother left with everything I had carefully selected several years ago, a flood of emotions came over me and I cried.

I told myself I had stopped using any of this wonderful material roughly 8 years ago. I had moved on and all of the glass items had found a new home where they could become the art they were destined to be. I was taken back by my attachment to something I no longer used.

When my husband, Dan, came home, I shared what had just happened and started to cry again. I thought this is ridiculous, yet as he hugged me he said what all of that stuff represented to me was that was the first time I had started to take myself seriously as an artist. He’s so wise.

It’s true. I had dabbled in art my entire life. A wanna be artist. It wasn’t until my mom passed in June of 2006 that something changed in me; my thoughts about being an artist aligned and I knew I was ready. Mom had always encouraged that side of my personality from as early as I can remember. She saw something I didn’t. I guess I didn’t believe in myself. All of a sudden a switch was turned on and I was ready to be an artist.

I invested in that kiln, immersed myself into learning all I could about fused glass. I enjoyed it. There’s nothing better than opening the kiln lid after a firing and seeing the results. It’s like Christmas morning.

If you’d like to see my journey in glass, I had a separate blog called Reflections of a Glass Artist.

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One of my fused bowls

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One of my wire wrapped glass cabochons

As I pressed and worked with glass, I eventually met someone who started me down the path of becoming a metalsmith. After she saw my wire wrapped cabochons like the one pictured above, she felt I had potential with metal work. Thanks to her, I had found my medium and my true passion.

The time to let go of my glass was long overdue. Now it has a beautiful home with a new glass artist that loves it as much if not more than I did.

Life passages. The tapestry that is woven with emotions and intertwined lives. That’s special.

I am sharing this in case anyone else is struggling with letting go of something. It’s healthy to move on.

At the beginning of this year I wanted my focus to be on my metalsmithing. No distractions of preparing for shows; just full on working with metal, developing the skills, adapting, learning. It’s energizing. One of the byproducts of this mindset is the Celestial ring pictured below.

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Celestial Ring ~ Petrified Wood Blue Opal Matrix sent in textured Sterling with Blue Diamond and gold accents.

Until next time, I continue to aspire to be more as an artist and person.

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