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July 25, 2015

I've been on a raven kick lately. These intelligent, engaging birds are everywhere in SE Alaska, and I most often see them close-up in parking lots around Juneau. They are particularly fond of hanging out around the grocery stores and McDonald's, taking advantage of the numerous french fries and other edible treats that end up on the ground. I did mention how smart they are, didn't I? I believe it's this high level of intelligence that has gained the corvidae (ravens, crows, etc.) their bad rap as calculating, greedy creatures that are harbingers of bad luck. We huma...

July 12, 2015

This new glass piece titled "Raven With a Berry" makes me very happy for several reasons. First, it blends some of my favorite subjects: glass and birds. Second, it features a raven, a creature that shares my environment here in Alaska. Third, it touches on an ancient Tlingit legend about how Raven stole the sun.

 

The Tlingit Indians of Southeastern Alaska have numerous stories about the origins of the world, themselves, and the roles animals play in all things spiritual. Similar to the Coyote tales told by Native American tribes in the Southwest (where I lived before...

March 6, 2014

I've been pushing the envelope slowly with regards to the dimensions of my glass feathers; I'm really not sure how large they could get. I've just started sculpting a Great Horned Owl feather that measures 16" x 4.5". Those birds are so huge, this is only about 30% larger than life-size. But this post is about the smaller end of the scale, as I also tried making some jewelry-sized feathers. The longest feather in this group is 5.5 inches long.

 

The results have been very satisfying, and I let these be completely experimental regarding color combinations, instead of tr...

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