I was up early today, which is kind of rare and didn't feel pressure to hurry up and go, which is even rarer still. So I spent some time this morning catching up on my yahoo groups. When reading firstname.lastname@example.org I came across a post asking for artists to donate mosaic blocks to be made into a mosaic "quilt" and then auctioned off and the proceeds going to naturehelps.org - an organization raising money for charity through long-distance hiking - whose charity is National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It brought back memories of my friend Norma, who committed suicide when I was in the 9th grade, she in 8th. At the time it was not my first experience with loss, having had grandparents and friends of my parents pass away. It was my first experience with just not being able to understand why and of course regrets -- could I have done something had I known? It's been 33 years and I still can't wrap my head around it. It still makes me sad as I think about her and all the things that never will be... So I am inspired to contribute a block in her memory. The blocks are supposed to be "nature" themed and I have the perfect idea and it's so serendipitous to what I'm working on in my art right now. I've been commissioned to do a mosaic with the theme "might oaks from little acorns grow" so I'm making hundreds of stained glass leaves and fusing them together for some depth. I just started experimenting with making glass acorns. My prayer is that every acorn has the time and the resources to grow into a mighty oak.
I am an Oklahoma glass artist. Specializing in on-site glass repairs. I love all kinds of hand work, including clay work, quilting, beading and embroidery. When not in my studio, you can find me tending to my indoor aquaponic garden or my outside garden and hopefully soon -- my greenhouse.