Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Water and Winter (and a chance to win each month for a year!)

Winter Water Tower, Chicago
Fused Glass Sgraffito 'Frit Painting'
For today, January 14, 2014~ 
This is a piece I've been working on over the past week.  It's out of the kiln for the third time, and I still haven't decided whether or not it's finished.  All artists struggle with this indecision, but when we each make the final approval of our work, we sign our name to the piece and call it 'finished'.

That's a problem, because the odd thing about glass sgraffito drawing is that it is necessary to sign your piece in the powdered glass before it ever goes into the kiln.  What? 

It does feel a little disconcerting to be signing a piece that's barely begun, but I think it's far more beautiful to sign it in the glass itself than to skid across it with a Dremel tool later.  

So what happens to the pieces that get signed and end up in the junk pile?  People seem to want to know... so here's the answer.  The signature gets smashed off, and the piece 'goes to pieces' to make better things :)

Don't forget to add your comments for a chance to win one of my glass pendants every month for 2014!

Here is all you need to do:

Please tell me your pet peeves, complaints, an
irritations surrounding the subject of WATER.

Enter your response  in the "Comments Box" at the end of the post. 

Then, on the right side of this post, click on either 

"follow by email" or "subscribe to posts"

Pretty simple, no?
You'll get one entry per unique response between now and next Sunday, 1/19 at midnight.

Be sure to tell any friends that subscribe to add your name to the end of their comment, because you'll get extra credit for their entry.

Best to you all, I can't wait to tell you about the project!!


  1. Here is a sample… I hate when the weatherstripping comes loose on my car window and it drips water on my shoulder while I am driving. or, I hate it when my tea is served luke warm.

    Try to be as creative as you can be, duplicate responses don't count!

  2. WATER is fine and wonderful and beautiful. the only complaint i can make is i can't swim, so i have to stay away !!!!!!!

  3. I'm surrounded by water! I live in Marblehead & I love the water...I have pictures of my dad & I here when I was a little child...in the water! I love the feeling of it...the taste...the smell...the sound...how it reflects colors!
    Its refreshing its soothing it is a life sustaining natural resource....we could not exist without it....that's the only down side I can come up with;).

  4. I've tried to post a couple times on your sight and I never see it show up. So I'll post it here :-). About the only thing I dislike about water: is when the snow melts and turns to a wet/muddy mess during the Spring thaw and the Spring rains that turn our yard into mud!!!! Yuck! Those who have dogs understand. And I have 3 inside dogs that needs their puppy paws wiped down on the back porch every time before letting them in after doing their "duty" outside. With 3 fur babies.... That gets time consuming and sometimes one will sneak too quick around me or between my legs and leave a muddy trail inside the house :-(. πŸΆπŸ’§πŸΆπŸ’§πŸΆ

  5. June "Katie" SanningJanuary 20, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    I love being in the water....for as long as I remember...whenever we went camping I was always the one my mom had the hardest time prying out of the lake. Now, the ocean is my favorite place to be. However, I think if I had a pet peeve it would be walking through a yard at night and the sprinklers come on....


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