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...

January 2, 2015

This new year brings with it more than the usual amount of "newness." Glass Bird Studios moved from New Mexico to Juneau, Alaska late last year. I love it here in the Northwest, though the short days and long, dark nights made me very glad to see the winter solstice come. Later this month I will be showing my work in the Juneau Artists Gallery, and have been pushing hard to produce new work for that opportunity.


When I read about the 30 Frit Drawings in 30 Days Challenge on the Facebook page Fused Glass Fanatics, I was intrigued. I love working with frit, and have al...

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