I’ve been a fan of glass artist Kari Russell-Pool for several years. I wrote about her flame worked glass (and words) back in 2009 and have been following her career via social media since then.
The artist pulls her own canes and colors them with glass powders. Her most recent series, Simple Lines and Coloring Books, reminded me a follow up DAM post was long overdue – six years (almost to the day) is a long time between posts!
This series marks a new direction for the artist, who describes it as “Distilling down to line form and metaphor, and ultimately learning to get out of my own way.” Oh, yes. This. There’s a lesson for all of us in her words and approach. . .
Simple Lines and Coloring Books plays on “the contrasting ideas of the cage as confinement and refuge. As places for solitary confinement and sympathetic equanimity.” Oh, yes, this too. When I read her words I had to stop for a moment and wonder how she knew my story. . .
Work In Progress - these pieces are all GLASS!
Kari Russell-Pool’s website
Be sure to check out the Compassionate Cages series and the How It All Works page
Previous DAM post about Kari Russell-Pool
Thank You. . .
After my last post I received a small avalanche of private emails filled with your kind words and thoughts and I quickly realized that for those new to DAM the post might have made it seem like my mother passed away quite recently. I want to thank you for your support – every sweet word has been a comfort. My mother died in September 2014 and as I grieve her loss I also continue to work on fulfilling her final wishes. I needed to step away for awhile to finish the largest of those tasks but I’m back now, working on new ways to delight you. . .merci beaucoup.
From My Mother’s Garden series, photo Susan Lomuto
When we checked in with Laura Hart two years ago she was creating fused and flameworked glass orchids. . .lovely and lifelike. Hart is now busy creating life-size butterflies, equally as lovely, with painstaking details.
The fused and cast glass butterflies, with sterling silver legs, antennas and proboscis, are just beautiful (metal fabricated by Chele Martin).
Hart’s attention to detail is impressive. . .according to her Facebook page, the bodies are cast in two stages, and the wings are fused in several stages to accurately create the veining and patterns.
Laura Hart’s website
Laura Hart on Facebook
DAM post about Laura’s work in 2013
On this Mother’s Day, my first as a motherless child, I am even more aware of how challenging the months-long journey of carrying out my mother’s final wishes has been, marked by profound loss and unexpected sorrows. Kimiake and Shin-Ichi Higuchi’s Mother Earth sculpture came across my desk at just the right moment today, lifting me up, reminding me that there is much to celebrate as I continue the journey and honor my mother.
She would have loved the Higuchi’s Pate de Verre work. The colors! The flowers! The textures! I can’t think of a better time to share their interpretation of Mother Earth, the mother of all.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all motherless children and childless mothers today. . .may the beauty of our Mother Earth sustain you, bring you joy and lift you up.
Kimiake & Shin-Ichi Higuchi’s website. (be sure to look at the cabbage leaves, cauliflower and asparagus mixed in with the colorful florals this couple is known for, and be prepared – they look good enough to eat.)