I just created these stained glass snowflakes over the weekend, and now I just want to make more! They are SO pretty. These designs use beveled diamonds shapes, glass nuggets and hand-cut iridescent glass. Our stained glass teacher, Ken Shelby, will be teaching several two-day mini-workshops on how to make them. Click here for details.
Yes, it seems we've stopped blogging. But in fact, we've been quite busy! No time to blog. Instead, we've been...
Having Birthday Parties
Hosting Art Receptions
Creating Fused Glass Art and jewelry
Making Stained Glass panels
Teaching art classes
10 weeks of summer camps!
And enjoying Ladies Night Fused Glass, Wine & Chocolate parties!
Thank you for your patience. Stay tuned for more blog posts soon!
We just finished the first week of making awesome art! The girls made numerous fused glass pieces, including a hanging pocket vase, a little plate, and several pieces of jewelry. On Tuesday, they made a mosaic stepping stone using cut stained glass, nuggets, mirrors and tile. I also took them on a walking excursion to Jingletown (just past High Street Bridge) where they saw some amazing mosaic murals on several buildings. On Wednesday, I gave the girls a star pattern and taught them to select stained glass, cut them into shapes, then wrap copper foil around each cut piece and around glass nuggets. Then I taught them how to solder the pieces into a star stain glass sun catcher (on a one-on-one basis). I was impressed at how they were able to do most of that work by themselves. There are adults who would have had difficulty doing what they did! Thursday was Painting Day with Rachel where they painted beautiful paintings on canvas. On Friday, we wrapped up the week with grouting and creating a gorgeous mosaic on the tops of two cabinets located in the studio. Rachel and I thoroughly enjoyed making art with these kids and can't wait to work with the next set of campers next week.
Hi, this is JaYing. Things have been hopping at the studio with many birthday parties, Ladies Night jewelry parties and preparations for summer camps. In the few moments of down time, I've been working on this pretty little cement birdbath. It's made with cobalt blue stained glass cut into squares (thank you Jessi and AiLi for the cutting!), hand nipped slivers of yellow & orange glass, glass nuggets and shattered tempered glass. One of our glass display cases' door fell off it's hinge and shattered into a million pieces. When Rachel began to sweep it up to throw away, I yelled "No! I'll mosaic with it!" The crackled clear glass adds a beautiful element to the mosaic. To complete this, I think I'll adhere a ring of mirror slivers, then finish with cut green stained glass. If you are interested in learning how to transform a plain cement birdbath or table into a work of art, consider taking a mosaic workshop. I'm teaching one this weekend, June 15/16.
Next project, transforming this ceramic urn into a fabulous mosaic! If you have something you'd like to mosaic, send me an email with a photo of it. I'll tell you if it would make a good mosaic project.
We had our first birthday party at the studio this weekend! A group of very-well-behaved 10 year old girls came and made some very nice fused glass pieces (well, they will be fused after a trip to the kiln). Cupcakes, snacks and FUN were had by all. JaYing did an AMAZING job teaching the girls how to put their pieces together, and Lili was a fantastic helper!
If you're looking for a place to have a birthday party (for kids 10 and older), call or email us!
At last! After much help from many friends and family members, we were ready for our grand opening on May 11th, just in time for the Park Street Festival and Mother's day weekend! We had a great time doing demos on the sidewalk in front of Park Street Plaza, handing out loads of postcards to people attending the festival, and introducing people to our new space and workshops! Much thanks to all who stopped by.
For those who are looking for us, we are located inside Park Street Plaza. Some locals will remember when this used to be Pillow Park Plaza - a large furniture store. The space is no longer a furniture store, but has been transformed into a beautiful, European-style plaza with several small stores inside. You will find us at the end of the hallway - straight in front of you when you walk through the entrance from Park Street. Lanvie clothing store is in the front of the plaza, and on June 8th, Aphrodite's Closet will be re-opening in a beautiful new space next door to us! A few other stores will be opening in the future, so stay tuned!
If you're in Alameda, stop by and say hello!
Here are some more pictures from our grand opening...
AT LAST, the 800+ sqft studio floor is painted! We used 5 quarts of Chalk Paint® (a mix of Old Violet and Paris Grey, with a tiny bit of Provence and Old White for the stencils), 3 quarts of lacquer (for those of you who are counting), and one very pretty stencil from Royal Design Studio to complete the task. The look is comfortable, soft and muted, like a worn denim fabric, with a little bit of turquoise fun. See that big scaffold (below)? We dragged it across the floor 20 minutes after it was painted - with out any damage to the paint or the floor. This stuff is amazing! The lacquer went on easily and dried quickly as well.
We've been busy busy busy getting ready for our store opening on May 11th! Once the floor was sanded and cleaned, we let it dry and sealed it with waterproof concrete sealer. Originally we were going to paint it with a concrete epoxy paint, but while reading the instructions on the epoxy paint, discovered that we could not use epoxy over the concrete sealer. Good thing we read the instructions!
After some debating, and a few unsuccessful phone calls to paint stores, we thought why not paint the floor with Chalk Paint®?! Yes, Chalk Paint® can be used on floors and coated with a laquer that is especially designed to be used over it. So we gave it a try...
So far its a work in progress! We're blending two colors (Old Violet and Paris Grey) to get a sued/textured look. The white cracks will get painted next. Two quarts covered about 300 sq ft nicely! Stay tuned to see the finished results...
Oh, and we've been busy painting chairs for the studio! Each chair is being painted in a different color of Chalk Paint® - check out these gorgeous colors! And the painting party was a lot of fun too!
Adventures in mosaics! In addition to working on launching Artistic Home Studio and Boutique, I'd been working on creating two mosaic tree murals for Lincoln Elementary School in Burlingame, CA. The school wanted to dress up two drab exterior walls on either sides of their multi-purpose room doors. In the fall, they began a fundraising campaign, selling tile leaves and flowers which were then personalized with a student or family name. After I glazed and fired the tiles (over 200), I began the mosaic project.
First thing first: smash LOTS of wine and beer bottles! I thought it'd be cool to incorporate pieces in the trunk and branches.
It has been an exciting week! It started out on Monday when the lease was signed and we obtained keys to the new store and studio! We are very excited to be residing inside the former "Pillow Park Plaza" now called Park Street Plaza, in the heart of downtown Alameda, CA!
Right now we are targeting the weekend of May 11th for our opening - just in time for Mother's day and the Park Street Spring Festival. Stay tuned for more details...
Here are some "before" pictures of the space, when it was being used for storage:
Clearly, we used our imaginations to envision all its potential! Once the landlords cleared all the stuff out, we discovered underneath the heavily stained, 20-year old carpet that covered the entire floor, was 20-year-old mastic carpet glue, solidified on very old concrete! Our biggest challenge: what to do with the floor! After much debate, pricing and research, we decided to grind the glue off with an industrial sander (thanks, Home Depot!), then seal and paint the floor. In the process of grinding the floor, we created a mess of SLUDGE that needed to be cleaned off. Here's the floor during this process:
Imagine the fun of getting this cleaned up! 2 wet-dry vacuums, a couple of buckets, 3 adults, 2 kids, scrub brushes and mops later, here's the floor after 3 days:
Although it looks ugly, it's actually quite clean! Now we have to let it dry out for a week before sealing it. In the meantime, there are plenty of other exciting things to do!