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Category Archives: Glass

jenny ayrton: sandcasting wonderlands

The UK’s Jenny Ayrton tries to see the world from the perspective of her young daughter as she creates domestic scenes, capturing miniature wonderlands in molten glass.

Jenny Ayrton, Autumn Bike Ride

Autumn Bike Ride

Jenny Ayrton, Urban Washing

Urban Washing

Ayrton describes her work as tiny stages – sets that allow the viewer to project their own story. I love this!

Jenny Ayrton, Washing Day

Washing Day

Jenny Ayrton, Rotary Washing Line

Rotary Washing Line

She creates the sculptures, made of sandcasted glass with metal inclusions, by making tiny, delicate wire and metal mesh scenes, encasing the wire model between two layers of hot glass.

Jenny Ayrton, Feeding The Ducks

Feeding The Ducks

Jenny Ayrton, Green Fingers

 Watch the video to see more about her process.

Jenny Ayrton’s website

marta torrent/santa rita: blown glass jewelry

I received an email from Marta Torrent/Santa Rita letting me know about a new body of work she calls The No. 3 Collection. Inspired by a Tarot card, the series includes blown glass forms, silver and gold-plated silver chains and precious stones.

Marta Torrent/Santa Rita


Marta Torrent/Santa Rita

It was love at first sight for me. I’m drawn to the idea of boldly wearing fragile pieces near the heart. . .all so easily broken if not properly cared for, yes?

Marta Torrent/Santa Rita


Marta Torrent/Santa Rita


Marta Torrent/Santa Rita

Don’t miss the rest of her collections, which are equally compelling. Here is an example:

Marta Torrent/Santa Rita

Marta Torrent Santa Rita’s website

kari russell-pool revisited:

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.

Kari Russell-Pool, Yard Birds

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!

Kari Russell-Pool, Fill In The Blanks

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. . .

Kari Russell-Pool, Metaphorical Me

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. . .

Kari Russell-Pool, My Favorite Color Is Purple


Kari Russell-Pool, Parts In Process

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

From My Mother’s Garden series, photo Susan Lomuto

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