While reflecting on our donation part of the spring show, the carrot came to mind.We did a few prototypes and liked the results.Customers started commenting, and staff all started picking out their favorites.We made big ones and little ones, orange and red carrots, tall and thin, short and fat.And suddenly, we all found a carrot we could relate to and we knew we had to make more to share!
Going back to the process of creating a solo exhibition, I have to force myself to create a new body of work, or to even perfect a body of work. I feel like this was something I needed to do in this stage of my career. I’ve been creating custom sculpture for clients for 30 plus years now so having a show that’s just about me and what my mind feels is the best form of expression is the next step.
It’s the passion protects that are essential to the work we do.Allowing ourselves this opportunity to have side jobs, volunteer work, etc., that yields results in everything we do and I know I am a much more talented artist because of it.
Our work with non-profits and the local community continues to be one of our strongest assets and since not everyone across the Mid-west can come to us, we’ve decided we could go to them!This summer - one lucky organization will win the ultimate prize:The Glass Academy team coming to them for some on-site glassblowing action!!!
To my family, peers, and society, this contract would solidify the idea, that yes, we could make a living being glass artists and this contract would be that proof that we are on the path to being a professional business!
But then there was a problem with our ornaments.Over half of the shipment was rejected and we were devastated.What just happened?!
We started to realize was the huge value in bring those customers back to our home studio. Just showing them what we were all about couldn’t have been a better marketing tool.Community, this is what its all about.
Try as I might, I can’t stop.I’m continually thinking of ways to improve, advance, explore, and try new ideas.It’s just exciting!!The shiny object floats past my vision, enters my mind, and I can’t stop until we’ve tried the idea, product, etc.