Thursday, July 15, 2010

'TIS THE SEASON TO BE INSPIRED

Are you inspired when the weather is beautiful? I am!! Whether cold or hot, as long as the sky is blue and the sun is out, I feel energized, uplifted and happy. Who isn't?! More of my beads to show you -



CAN'T LET GO, close-up
Black-and-white beads
I love these beads, the motifs are quite Japanese-looking

CAN'T LET GO

THE ORACLE AT DELPHI, close-up
Made with lemon meringue and black. I can't tell you how I oh-so-cannot control this glass (lemon meringue), I keep getting splotches of deeper yellow - I admit, I do like the unexpected splotches, it's an element of surprise each time I take out the beads from the kiln when I use this glass.

THE ORACLE AT DELPHI

DRAGONFLIES, FLOWERS AND ME, close-up
Inspired while swimming in a nearby freshwater lake. I observed beautiful iridescent blue-bodied dragonflies flittering among the reeds.

DRAGONFLIES, FLOWERS AND ME
Use of pink and white enamels, each bead has a dragonfly and a flower

IN THE GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS
Black-and-white beads

Newsflash: Arizona Society of Glass Beadmakers (ASGB) is sponsoring and organizing my workshops in 2011. I am teaching in Arizona, two two-day classes on April 30/May 1 and May 3/4. If anyone is interested in taking the classes, please contact Penny Dickinson. By the way, when the classes fill up and there is enough demand, a possible third class shall open up. I shall be teaching techniques in these workshops and we shall be working with soft glass. For more details of what I shall be teaching, please email me at dora@doraschubert.com. For registration and workshop fees, please contact Penny Dickinson (please see below for her email address). The classes will be held at:

Fire and Friends Z Art Studios
8550 N. 91st Ave, Suite 49
Peoria, Arizona 85345
Contact: Penny Dickinson
Email: firedandfused@msn.com

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

WOW...I CAN SEE MY TOES!

Despite the fact that I hail from equatorial sunny-but-humid Singapore, I am having trouble sleeping these nights, with the current weather in Germany. Hey, don't get me wrong, I am not complaining at all!! Love the heat, love the sweat, love the humidity, love the sun!!!! So what if I have to water the plants more often? So what if I have to drink more liquids? So what if the house is hot? I get to wear shorts and tees, go bare-feet and eat more ice-cream, what more can I ask for?! Imagine my glee, I can actually see my toes now!! During the colder days, my feet are hidden in thick socks almost 24/7 except when taking showers. Holy cow, I miss seeing my own feet and toes! Yes, that's living in Germany is like - toeless while it's cold...wonder if I am the only one feeling silly-happy now that my toes are part of me again?

Sweltering at the torch yesturday, this is what I've come up with:

FIGMENT OF IMAGINATION
You are seeing part of the set in this photo.

FIGMENT OF IMAGINATION, continued...

IT IS WHAT IT IS

RANDOM CRAZINESS

Sunday, July 11, 2010

SLOW PROGRESS...

It's so hot these days that I honestly dread turning on my torch and my kiln to make beads. In a way, I am slowing down in "churning" out beads. Usually by the second bead, the heat makes me sleepy and I feel awfully brain-dead. However, I am not complaining about the weather, let me have the hot weather over the cold anytime!! What I do when it is so hot, is to put a damp washcloth or tea-towel around my neck when I sit at the torch. Do you realize that this actually keeps you nice and cool? Neat idea, huh? I also put a damp towel on our dog, Sandy, and let the fan blow on him. His fur is cool under the towel. I don't recall whether I mention that it is not usual to have ACs in Germany. We have lots of windows at home, perhaps you can imagine the infernal greenhouse effects we are experiencing. I certainly know how a chicken broiling in an oven feels like.

Not very many beads to show you this time round, my brain isn't exactly telling my hands what to do; it is telling me to take naps instead...

Ok, this set has a little tale to it. I based the choice of colors to the Chinese culture - yellow, red and turquoise (the Chinese call this blue-green). Yellow is an important color, in the past it was solely reserved for the Emperors while today, it is still reserved for royalty. Yellow is also the main color of Buddhism (most Chinese are Buddhists), a representation of being free from worldly cares. Red symbolizes happiness, joy, wealth, prosperity. As for blue-green, it symbolizes spring which is about vitality, vigor, longevity and harmony.

THE LAST DYNASTY