Friday, December 13, 2013

It's that time of year again

Every year around the solstice I begin making these little amulet figures. I'm not really sure why, maybe it's like making soup something to warm the soul? These are just a few of many...

Looking forward to the return of the sun

Friday, November 22, 2013


At long last we installed the mosaic (beads) before the ground frozen and just a day before it snowed. It stands just over 10 feet tall and sways just a bit in strong wind.

The top piece looks like this

We also installed the hand which was a little community project from last summer, it has a whirligig center that spins in the wind, I am planning attaching a mirrored disco ball to the top of the fingers and more...

Friday, November 1, 2013


What I learned on my adventure....
You can build community Anywhere.
Opening your heart and mind changes everything.
Beauty and love can be found in the most unexpected places.
I can write a long string of one liners about my experience but than that's all it is.

I spent last Friday, Saturday and Sunday in prison with 24 male inmates and 3 female outside facilitators. In a program called AVP Alternatives to Violence Project. In the weeks preparing for going to prison I was excited and nervous. As it got closer I felt fearful, I had knots in my stomach and I could not sleep. I questioned myself why was I going, what did I expect, why would anyone want to give up three days of their lives to go and spend it with criminals? 

A good friend of my mine who is an amazing story teller, told me about her experiences doing AVP,  she has been doing this for 5 years. One weekend a month. I knew I wanted to do this from the first time I heard her stories- but my life is very busy, I have children, I own a business and I am always working on numerous projects at the same time. But over the course of the past year it has become clearer and clearer to me that this program fit in with all the other things I do...

The experience is person to person, small group to small group talking and listening. One person talks and everyone else listens. We talked about violence. We talked about things we liked to do. What and who we care about. We talked about our experiences, positive and negative. We also played games and than there was lots of laughter. Everyone was open - telling very painful stories of abuse, neglect and violence. People talked about depression and loss and everyone listened. It was a safe and sacred space we were all in. Strangers in prison together.

I am still processing what I learned. I will be going back for the second part of the training in November. Where this is leading I do not know or exactly how it ties into my art. It's still a work in progress. I don't have any answers. I just know talking, listening and being vulnerable are really important.

One of my friends commented that I probably went there just as much for my own healing as anything. This was a painful thing to hear and probably quite true. 

This is a piece I made in response to my experience. It's not as simple as black and white.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Going on an adventure

I am off on an adventure, unlike anything I have ever done before...
I will only be gone for three days but I know it will seem like forever... Both for good and bad.

I hope to have something constructive, interesting or insightful to say upon my return.
Or at least maybe I will make some interesting art?

I made these two pieces seperately yet I like them together, I was just playing.... So I don't know what they are about yet..

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes,

Knees and toes,

Knees and toes,

Knees and toes!

Installation begins this Saturday, with mores feats.....

Monday, September 16, 2013

Bam!! African violet

We are rapidly descending into fall here in Minnesota after an exceptionally short spring and summer.i spent a few hours with the flowers in my garden. 

Which led to this

Which led to this

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Still playing ...
I think of these pieces as beads each one is approximately 12 inches tall by 10 inches wide. Each has a steel pipe running through it- eventually they will all be stacked on top of each other with another rod running through them. For right now I am just playing.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Life size and beyond

I have been working on a series of things... Mostly experiments I am practicing for some large sculptures for outside my building. I don't have any signage and I am not keen on it either. I just want to have a series of playful objects that invite people in or at least encourage people to stop and look.

This is my first hand sized hand made from glass frit and a cut out heart from another failed piece of fused glass... I love reuse!

Fragments of slate

The plan right now is to have 8 -10 pieces stacked

I put a steel rod through each one and I have a 12 foot pole they will be strung on...

This one is my favorite, I love the texture, the material was given to me (thanks Diane!) we think its porcelain but I don't know for sure.

It's funny about scale, when I started planning this I thought a 12 pole sounded big but next to the building it hardly makes a dent so this will probably be the smallest.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Coming out for air and sunlight

Summer finally made it to Minnesota and I can come out to play soon. I am headed up to Lake Superior on Friday-our ocean.

I have spent the last three months working on panels for Dubai, 2 school residencies and a library residency. With little time to settle into my beautiful new space my office is still full of packed boxes... I can begin unpacking next week, right?

We laid out the panels for Dubai in the park - which is our backyard Yay! So we could see them all together before they left.

Thanks to the greatest assistants ever Tara, Eamonn, Adrienne and Iris!

The texture in the white area is so nice, I wish I could show it better.
This was the smallest only 2 panels about six feet long.
This was the largest 15 panels! I could not get a full picture of it.
Everything has been really fun to do and I am sooooo tired.

Now on to my next dreams of whirligigs and spinning mosaics outside the studio more photos to come..

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Oh my Dubai!

I am low on words but thought I would share some pictures of one of the mosaics I am making for a restaurant in Dubai. I believe it's 47 feet long- Grouting will begin tomorrow and then the edging. There are four large mosaics in total. I am excited and exhsausted and so grateful I have the best assistants ever!