Kiln Formed Glass Art by Connie Gates--Handmade in the Pacific Northwest

Glass Pattern Bars

Lately, I’ve been busy keeping up with my farm–you know what I mean……….chickens, veggie garden, canning, tending to the vineyard, etc., etc.  I am also in the middle of a huge addition to my home, which has taken quite a bit of my time.  I haven’t spent as much time in my glass studio as I would like, but now that the garden has come to a halt and things are slowing down on the addition, I have gotten back to glass business.

There are some real great websites such as the Bullseye glass site that offer some pretty informative tutorials for a small subscription fee.  Very worthwhile, even if you aren’t using Bullseye glass; just adjust your kiln firing schedule accordingly.  I completed the tutorial on strip bar patterns and have made two pieces that were a lot of fun to do.  Even though I have no scale to weigh the glass, I made a pretty good best guess at the weight needed for the design piece of a nice fused glass platter, and am happy with the outcome.

Another newsflash—–I have set up a store website with the www.artfire.com community, to try my hand at internet sales.  There is not much inventory listed yet, but it’s coming slowly.  I have learned that it takes a fair amount of time to list an item, so be patient and please keep checking my site periodically to see what’s new!  Search the Art Fire site for http://GrapevineGlassArt.artfire.com and if you see something you like……spread the word, or better yet, make a purchase!

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