Someone asked me a long time ago why I used red in a lot of my borosilicate lampwork beads. I responded that red makes all the other colors come alive. When red is throwing a party it is hard not to dance!
Right before coming up with this design I was in a big lampwork funk. Its discovery not only rejuvenated my artistic mood it also was the jumping off point for looking at the way I worked in a whole new way. A new way to make lampwork beads! No wonder it is one of my favorites (and it doesn’t hurt that it has red in it!).
I never intended to keep the original image for this shot. I had been playing with different lighting angles for my borosilicate lampwork beads and since I hadn’t planned to keep them, I didn’t bother clearing my cluttered photo stand. When reviewing the shots I found this one with the sad clown standing by almost off-camera. Something about it struck a cord and I decided to keep it and share it here. You never know where interesting photo props might turn up!
I bought this wonderful polymer clay clown in a Carmel gallery back in the 80′s. I loved the artist’s work but could only justify the expense of one of them to myself. Now, as a treasured part of my collection I wish I had bought more. I hope that the artist continued working in polymer and (hopefully) I can find more of her work to purchase one day. I recall at the time that she specialized in clowns.
This is what happens when you take too long a snooze. The limited edition glass you planned to stock up on is no longer available. In this case it is a TAG Crimson glass that has lovely mix of peaches, oranges, and teals. I had one sample rod until one very generous lampworker shared part of her precious stash. Thank you Susan!