When I’m working in my studio, that’s my Zen time. It’s where my conscious mind plays with shapes and colors and textures of glass, while my subconscious mind processes thoughts, feelings, ideas and inspirations.
Consequently, my thoughts and feelings and ideas often become an integral part of/are made manifest in my art.
Glass Manifestations is about glass and art. To an extent. But it’s also about the connections between art and insight, between challenges and growth, between piecing together a stained glass panel and piecing together a meaningful life.
I got into working with stained glass quite by happenstance. My mother-in-law was cleaning out a storage area, and wanted to get rid of some boxes her youngest son had left there years ago and not reclaimed. Among the items were some small bits of stained glass and odds and ends of related trappings. On a whim I asked if I could have them.
And that was the start of a beautiful relationship. With glass, that is. My mother-in-law, not so much.
I am mostly self-taught, which is fun and challenging. I am definitely still learning and still experimenting. And still getting lots of cuts and using lots of bandages.
That’s pretty much the story of my life overall: self-taught, still learning, still experimenting. Cuts and bruises.
So of course one makes a perfect analogy for the other. And somehow I plan to tie this all together into an interesting, insightful and entertaining blog.
My personal hope is that what I manifest in life — as well as in glass — will continue to improve. In quality, meaningfulness, and in pure, simple pleasure.
Would it be too much to hope the same for this blog?
Let’s see what manifests!