Friday, August 27, 2010

Bathroom Tiles Inspired by a Colorful, Whimsical Chandelier

What's hot pink, purple, yellow, aqua, green, and red? A fun, crazy chandelier by, and now, matching fused glass tiles for a bathroom!
Custom "Carnivale" tile inspired by "Fiona" chandelier

A customer in Florida sent us a link to the chandelier "Fiona" made by She just re-did her entire bathroom, including tiling her bathtub surround in 6" tiles. She left empty spaces where art tiles would go, and then she found us.

We can't wait to ship her tiles off and see photos of the finished room. Bright, fun, a little bit eccentric . . . yeah, that's us!

Center wall of shower--coincidentally, we have a wall just like this in our entryway. Wendy built it.
Side wall of shower. Imagine our custom "Carnivale" tiles here!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Quirky Felt Finger Puppets That'll Make You Smile

I came across these this morning on etsy, I just had to share them with everyone. John Lennon and Yoko Ono finger puppets? How fun is that???

This abbeychristine is fabulous. Her work is unique and inventive. She's got the more mainstream Pee-Wee Herman, Martha Stewart, and Michelle Obama and the more obscure Allen Ginsburg, Harold and Maude, and Larry David. I love it! Her prices are excellent, too.

Check out her shop here:

Monday, July 5, 2010

Southwest Custom Glass Tiles

My husband and I have friends that live in Phoenix, AZ, and boy does it feel good to visit there in February. When one lives in Seattle, a trip to the desert in the middle of winter is always welcome!

It was after visiting there this past February that I came home and made these tiles. I love the cool turquoise against the hot red and orange--it reminds me of the red Phoenix soil against the crystal clear sky.

To see how these tiles look with different solid colored tiles and different grout colors, please visit our etsy shop:
or visit our website:

Sunday, June 13, 2010

New Fused Art Classes in North Seattle Announcement!

Wendy and I are excited to announce a new collaboration with Rich, owner of Glassique in north Seattle. We're going to offer fused glass classes in his studio, and soon we will be creating and managing a fused glass supplies section inside his shop. Exciting!

Here is information on the two NEW! classes:

Introduction to Fused Glass 101

Date: Tues., July 6, 2010
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Location: Glassique,
10509 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA


Fused Glass Jewelry 101
Date: Tues., July 13, 2010
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Glassique, 10509 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA


Each class is limited to 8 students. First come, first served, so contact me today to reserve your spot: 360.265.6278 or


Friday, May 28, 2010

Gorgeous Paintings by Noriko Wakayama of Tokyo and Hawai'i

We recently took a trip to Oahu to celebrate my stepdaughter's graduation from the University of Hawai'i (and do I need to say I'm so happy she attended there? Great excuse for a vacation!). We stayed in Honolulu, and on our very last morning made an artistic discovery that added an extra layer of enjoyment to the trip.

Noriko Wakayama paints large, absolutely gorgeous paintings of tropical flowers. She takes you right into the flowers, as if you are a bee or butterfly, honing in to get that nectar. In fact, our favorite painting is of a huge butterfly (maybe 3' across) with translucent wings perched dead center on a giant sunflower. It is a stunner.

It would be easy to say that Noriko's work reminds me of Georgia O'Keefe's flower paintings, but surprisingly, it doesn't. The feel of the paintings is entirely different, perhaps in part because the flowers themselves are so different. O'Keefe often painted the flowers of the desert--perhaps that's it. She also focused, usually, on just one flower. Noriko's flowers are rich and vibrant, evoking the lushness of Hawai'i, and many of her paintings show a whole armful of flowers.

That being said, Noriko's singular rose paintings are memorable. How does she do it? See for yourself . . .

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

New Fused Glass Jewelry Class Announced

Wendy and I have added two NEW classes in Fused Glass Jewelry. These are going to be so much fun! I can hear the excitement in womens' voices when they call to register. I'm busy now (even at this moment!) fusing new jewelry pieces to show students, playing around with dichroic glass, sepia slides, and 22kt gold adornments. And frit and stringer and glass paint . . . all the goodies that make creating jewelry so much fun.

So when are these classes?

Date: Saturday, June 19, 2010
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Place: Arts of Snohomish Gallery; 105 Cedar Ave., Snohomish, WA
Price: $65
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Place: ArtWorks; Dayton and 2nd Ave., Edmonds, WA
Price: $65
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2010
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Place: Arts of Snohomish Gallery; 105 Cedar Ave., Snohomish, WA
Price: $65

In each class, you will learn how to create beautiful fused jewelry using Bullseye glass, dichroic glass, frit, and metals. All materials are provided for in this class. By the end of instruction you will have up to 10 pieces of beautiful glass jewelry to keep for yourself or gift to friends and family.

Jewelry will be fired and ready for pick-up 1 week after class. Class size is limited; first-come, first-served, so sign up now to reserve your spot!

You can email Judy at or see our website for more info:

Friday, May 21, 2010

Evolution of an Idea in Fused Glass Spurred By, "What Do I Do With Bits of Glass?"

I love our customers! They look at our work and get ideas that push us into new realms.

It all started with a simple tile I made when I piled up hundreds of bits of colored glass on a 4" clear glass. When I took it out of the kiln, Wendy and I both said, "Cool."

Then I thought, "If that looks good, then I'll bet it will look good as a bowl!" And it did! So I named this line, "Anything Goes."

Weeks later, an etsy customer contacted us. Could we make her an oval for her fireplace mantel in the same style? Yes, we could! And did! And IT looked cool.

So I tried it with a little bit of design, using orange, yellow, and blue frit swirled in the middle. (Truthfully, I did this because I was running low on glass bits, but I had jars of ready-made frit.) Thus I created "Starry Night."

Recently, a woman from Connecticut contacted me and asked if I could make her a piece similar to "Starry Night," but as an 18" platter. Whew! That's big! Her plan is to mount seven bowls/platters on her stairwell, kind of like bubbles (she said). When I opened the kiln to my fused 18" circle, we all stood around and said, "Wow. That's big." We liked it. We saw future table tops in it. We saw possibilities.

I slumped that bad boy into a platter, and now it is "Super Nova Explosion." My customer received it the other day, loves it, and is going to send me a photo when her installation is complete. And that's my story.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Just 12 More Days of our Fused Glass Art Garage Sale

May is the month for us to clean our shelves and make way for new art. We have reduced our prices to garage sale lows on many of our fused glass art, so you can get a terrific bargain.

The sale ends May 31, so hurry for the best selection. Visit our etsy shop: and grab a bargain today!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Car as an Inspiration for Art?

Yes! My husband and I went to lunch today at a bread bakery that sells lunches (it was as wonderful as it sounds). And there was this car parked right in front. Painted beautifully. I looked at it and looked at it, and the more I looked, the more I began to see a fused glass piece. Hmmm . . . Not sure when I'll make it, but I will make it! And I'll post the photos to show how a car can inspire art.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New Jewelry in Fused Glass Classes! Snohomish and Edmonds, Washington

We are excited to announce our newest class: 
Jewelry in Fused Glass

No experience is needed at all.  
Learn how to create beautiful fused jewelry using Bullseye glass, dichroic glass, frit, metals, etched stencils, and fusible decals. All materials are provided for in this class. 
By the end of instruction you will have up to 10 pieces of beautiful glass jewelry to keep for yourself or gift to friends and family.
Jewelry will be fired and ready for pick up 1 week after class. Class size limited to 8. First-come-first-serve, so sign up now to reserve your spot!
Price:  $65

Date:   Sat., June 19, 2010
Time:  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Arts of Snohomish Gallery; Snohomish, Washington 

Date: Thurs., May 27, 2010
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: ArtWorks Studio; Edmonds, Washington

Email Judy at to sign up or get more information! 

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Volunteers Make an Art Galley Shine in Snohomish,WA

Today was a day of hard work and cold, cold hands at the Arts of Snohomish Gallery in Snohomish, WA. Wendy and I are proud members of this artist-owned galler (I'm the treasurer), and today was the day to make the exterior shine.

Artists, husbands, significant others, Kiwanis members, and high school students all came together to weed flower beds, remove unwanted plants, plant new plants, and spread beauty bark to make the gallery's landscape beautiful.

I spent most of the day painting our corner sign--it was completely white beforehand, and I wanted to give it a Victorian feel while drawing the eyes of passers-by.

Our grand re-opening is next Saturday, May 1, 3:00 - 6:00 pm, so it you're anywhere near Snohomish, come on by! We are the Arts of Snohomish Gallery, 105 Cedar Avenue, Snohomish, Washington.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mosaics in Fused Glass? Beautiful!

We love mosaics! Whether they are on the wall of an ancient Pompeiian villa or on the floor of a Seattle Banana Republic, mosaics appeal to something deep within us.

Using bits and pieces of fusible glass, I create my mosaics by carefully fitting together the pieces like solving a jigsaw puzzle. The colors need to coordinate, the shapes need to be interesting, and most of all, I need to be patient. The "grout" is really very finely ground glass called "frit."

Sometimes, I enjoy adding surprising details to my mosaics. The bowl above has bright lines of colored glass called stringer placed randomly on top of the mosaic.

The bowl to the left includes round dots of glass and a mix of translucent and opaque glass pieces.

The bowl below features stringer in the shape of swirls on top for something really fun.

I don't think I'll ever stop making mosaics, and fused glass mosaics keep offering me more opportunities to play!

Visit some of our mosaics for sale on our etsy shop:

Monday, April 19, 2010

Wendy's Art a Permanent Part of Lynnwood High School, WA

Back in 2000, Wendy created two glass windows for her high school in Lynnwood, Washington. Using the Native American story of the crow and the sun as inspiration, she drew two large images then sandblasted the images onto glass that would become two windows into the computer lab.

This September, the brand new, $100 million Lynnwood High School opened. She and I visited there last week and were so excited to meet withe the librarian and see how her windows look in the new library. You see, when the architects were designing the new building, he insisted they include the windows, even though they are different sizes.

We are happy to report that the windows look great, and Wendy is a star!

Friday, April 16, 2010

New Glass Tiles in White, Black, and Turquoise--Dots and Dashes

Dots and Dashes 
Custom Fused Glass Tiles

Wendy saw how much fun I was having designing tiles, so she decided to join in. Introducing . . . Dots and Dashes.

Starting with an opaque white background piece, Wendy added a layer of clear glass on top and then her design of turquoise dots and black dashes in two thicknesses. These tiles are 4" x 4", and they can be made in many different colors. Complementary 2" tiles give you the option of mixing and matching for interest.
What I love about these tiles is that you can place them horizontally for one look or vertically for a completely different feel. Personally, I think they would look stunning in my shower, vertically of course, to simulate the water.

To see more of these tiles and our complete collection, visit our website and click on "Custom Fused Glass Tiles":

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Photographing Glass Art--the Challenges and the Rewards

When Wendy and I first opened our shop on etsy, we took out our camera, shot some clear straight photos of each piece, and loaded them up. Then we sat back and, well, nothing happened. I began to notice that our photos didn't look like most of the other photos on etsy, so I began to read some of the tips for taking photos.

Photographing glass is a special challenge because of the reflection. How do you get a head-on shot of glass without any glare? And without buying lots of fancy equipment? My answer--practice! And find a good place to take the photos.

Here are some examples of recent photographs I took of our work:

I like this photo for a couple of reasons. I think the colors look good together. I like how the S's line up, and I like the diagonal lines of the bud vases (experts say diagonal lines create a more dynamic photo). I took this photo on a bench just inside my front north-facing window. This spot provides indirect light so I don't have to use the flash. I put the vases on an off-white sheet to provide a neutral, bright background so the eye is focused on the vases. I did have to lighten the photo in PhotoShop, but the colors are true to the actual vases. Oh, and I rotated the photo so it looked like they were hanging, which is how they will look on someone's wall.

I like this photograph because of the sharp contrasts between the white and black which also really highlights the bright, sharp colors of the bowl. The contrast also highlights the unusual, fun shape. Also, the angle is different, providing a view that's a bit unusual. The bowl lines up diagonally, too, for that dynamic look.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Welcome Sunshine! Warm Orange, Yellow, and Red Fused Glass Tiles

These tiles warm me up just looking at them! The secret is to use orange fused glass--I have two shades (one is more of a tangerine). 

Mixing these colors a la Josef Albers, I found such pleasing combinations. My mother is sure to love them, too--she is definitely a "summer." Enjoy!

To see our full line of custom fused glass tiles, please visit our website: and click on "Custom Fused Glass Tiles."