It seems hard to believe it is only April.

 

So much has happened over the past 3 months – it has been a real roller coaster!

We launched a brand new, completely re-designed website on January 15th.

At the same time, we launched our first online video course taught by the wonderfully talented Marguerite Beneke. The comments (and sales!) have been incredible. It is clear how many of you are eager to learn from Marguerite! I am so thrilled to be able to provide an opportunity for so many to learn her techniques.

I have really been enjoying the response from those of you who have purchased Rogue Enamels. (And if you haven’t used them before, I’d highly recommend trying them! I can say with confidence that you’ll be surprised at how versatile they are.)

February was dedicated to promoting our workshops. The lineup of workshops we have scheduled is truly stellar. Of course, the pandemic has required some quick thinking and re-scheduling, but I am optimistic that we will be learning together in the studio again.

In fact, my focus remains on in-studio learning.

 

That’s why I am exploring and investing in new online delivery methods.

 

I am hoping to combine the best aspects of in-studio demonstrations and online learning. My web development partners, Venture Creative Collective (young, eager, and talented!) are working with me to implement some creative offerings: new products and new ways of learning.

Developing the framework for a new delivery system will take some time, but if you know me you know that I tend to move forward quickly! I’ll be keeping everyone posted on Facebook, Instagram, and my website, of course. If you’re interested in being one of the first 30 people to try out the new system, click here.

This pandemic is really taking its toll on small businesses. We are dealing with the unknown. All of us are trying to pivot quickly just to stay afloat. Our creativity and agility are certainly being tested, but I think we are up to the challenge.

Although the days and months ahead still hold uncertainty, I am proud of everything we have accomplished so far, and I know our glassie community will come together to accomplish even more!

As I was driving home recently, thinking about what creative project I will tackle next in my studio, I remembered a line from A Star is Born and it got me thinking.

The creation of a work of art is the bringing about of a new combination of elements in the medium (tones in music, words in literature, paints on canvas, and so on). The elements existed beforehand but not in the same combination; creation is the re-formation of these pre-existing materials.

I believe that the function of art is to produce one effect: Pleasure.

“Music is essential 12 notes between any octave, 12 notes and the octave repeats. It’s the same story told over and over forever. All any artist can offer the world, is how they see those 12 notes. that’s it …”