Friday, July 4, 2008

The Affair Continues...

I mentioned yesterday that I thought this obsession started during my Carol Duvall years. But a trip through my jewelry box or my china cabinet will reveal the lie.

My first "nice" piece of grown up jewelry: a Venetian glass lariat.
My first dishes when I moved away from home: Pressed glass in an intricate floral pattern.
My first collection: Glass salt cellars in a myriad of shapes and colors.

No - this affair has been going on for a long, long time.

After my friend Bindy's success, I was chomping at the bit for a class. And couldn't find one. I ended up taking a fusing class and became totally engrossed in that. I still teach fusing to this day.

My health was in total decline thanks to really bad feet. Surgery followed by months in a wheelchair, then a walker, then a cane with tons of physical therapy consumed my days. No sooner had I sort of recovered, my sister was stricken with a reoccurance of breast cancer and the only hospital that could save her was an hour from my home.

And then fate stepped in again and I found myself the owner of the rubber stamp company I had been working for! That definitely took some time away from my glass studies.

Still during all this time, I kept taking classes. And hating my beads. I was terrified to invest so much money in a torch setup if I sucked. And in reality, I think I was afraid of having the gas in my garage. ( I had a barbeque catch on fire one forth of July. ) I was also afraid I would continue to suck no matter what.

And that's the greatest piece of advice I can give. You simply must have a torch and be able to work at it every day. That's the only way to be comfortable playing with fire. It's the only way to get better. Taking a class once a month will never do it!


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