First glass commission – 2014

First glass commission – 2014

    Where does the time go?? Through other connections (Packard Place), I first met Jason Fararooei. He’s an amazing entrepreneur AND a big supporter of the local arts in Charlotte, NC. I think originally I met him at a presentation about utilizing social media. He made quite an impression on me. (Yes, I am actually an artist that loves business!) Fast forward a little bit… and we met again when he was a CSA (Community Supported Art) shareholder and I was one of nine local artists. We continue to hit it off. In early 2014, his life partner secretly commissioned me to create a new glass work to commemorate Jason’s Yellow Cape Communications fifth anniversary! (They had BOTH invested in my Hatchfund Dream kiln campaign! Little did they know the dream kiln would be necessary to complete this commission.)   Enjoy this personal video that Kim made documenting the process. (Side note: the relationships I have with art supporters are what get me up some days. Being a full-time artist is not easy, but nine years later, I would not trade it for anything else!)   Share...

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Represented by Sozo Gallery in Uptown Charlotte!

Represented by Sozo Gallery in Uptown Charlotte!

                  Excited that I am now represented by Sozo Gallery in Uptown Charlotte!     In addition to lovely contemporary paintings hanging, find new pieces of warm glass to collect or share. There are tiny pieces that make a great alternative to another gift certificate as well as larger bowls. New work will continue to flow into her space as I explore my dream kiln! (Been through about ten firings so far:-) Mark your calendars – Friday, November 14th – because this fall, I debut brand new glass art in group small works show!       Share...

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Wow and THANK YOU to so many!!

Wow and THANK YOU to so many!!

Hello! Sorry it has taken so long to share. Will be sending out and posting more details soon. (Had to slow down a little this week!) As far as my Hatchfund campaign to “Scale up for public art,” things have been going well!   Wow, wow and THANK YOU to so many!! With your support, we have met and are surpassing minimum goal for my dream kiln! (55 folks invested a total – so far – of $4515!! From $10 to $500, some more than once – and even a few former HS students of mine – all of this has added up. I am deeply grateful for your support on this journey.)   So, what is next?? Met with David – the “kiln Dr.” this week. The dream kiln has been ordered!! Will take about 2+ weeks before ready to ship. With delivery and electrical connection, I am looking at the last week in June before I can start firing. Can’t wait! In the mean time, I’m working on some casting in my small kilns and painting a new mural with my artist husband, Chris Craft😉     Finally, yes, this is so awesome the minimum goal was reached – since the kiln is just the biggest obstacle to me scaling up my new glass! Good news is because we met the minimum goal, the campaign page stays open for additional 25 days. (The extra over the $4300 is going to electrical parts to connect kiln to power and hire help to move kiln from driveway down to studio.) The rest of the project “budget” is for the – not as important as the kiln, but still costs money to create larger works “stuff” – including more Bullseye glass, materials for glass molds and finally small honorariums (for myself, the iron artist I’m collaborating with and videographer to document) that will help cover working on next public art work. All the perks are still on the table for any additional funds invested. And, every little bit adds up. AND, NOW THERE IS NO RISK – MY PROJECT IS BEING FUNDED. I CAN DO MORE QUICKLY WITH YOUR ADDITIONAL SUPPORT! (Project supporters get some cool inside peeks and exclusive opportunities for your invaluable capital!) Looking forward to sharing this journey with you to scale up my warm glass work!!   INVEST HERE: http://www.hatchfund.org/project/scaling_up_for_public_art   Share...

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Been Waiting? Now’s the Time! (ONLY HOURS LEFT!!)

Been Waiting? Now’s the Time! (ONLY HOURS LEFT!!)

So, I’m running a crowd funding campaign seeking investors to help me scale up my glass art with a new kiln. (It’s almost over!)   http://www.hatchfund.org/project/scaling_up_for_public_art   It’s been a crazy four weeks, but I have been blessed!! THANKS TO ALL 49 SUPPORTERS – WHO’VE INVESTED A WHOPPING $3985!! That means only $315 to go!!! FROM $10 TO $500, IT ALL IS GREATLY APPRECIATED AND ALL OF IT IS GOING TO FUND MY DREAM KILN SO I CAN FINALLY SCALE UP MY GLASS. (Everyone will get a glass related perk. Most of you, will receive one – or more – pieces of my warm glass!! I repeat, ALL $$$ invested WILL go to my campaign. We WILL make the minimum goal!! ANY amount will help cross the finish line. Therefore anyone investing between now and close of campaign (YES, it IS happening!) will be entered to win this LAST woman in water painting of mine. (FYI, $40+ will still get an extra water glass mini AND folks who ALREADY invested $48+ will be entered twice for supporting the $48 in 48 hours;-)     Share...

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