Now at DeviantArt

I posted several of my drawings on DeviantArt, and they are available to order as prints.

More Desert Bus


Volunteering for Desert Bus

I am a site volunteer this year at Desert Bus for Hope and while I’ve been here I’ve done a few things like, cleaning, helping feed people, running errands, going to the post office, random dance parties, Epic Rock Paper Scissors (in which I epicly fail), met some great people and helped them raise (as of right now) over $420,000 dollars for Childs Play Charity.

I got to travel to Victoria, British Columbia, in Canada to spend the week doing something good, fun, and cool with awesome people who all donate their time and energy to help sick children have better experiences when they have to be at the hospital, and support victims of domestic abuse.

I didn’t manage to take too many pictures, but here are the few that I did take:

I made some art for the shifts and one as an entry for a contest.

I had loads of fun, and we still have more to come.

Thank you to everyone at Desert Bus, Child’s Play, and LoadingReadyRun.

Echos of a Past Life


20″ w x 6″ h. Bullseye glass sheet and powder/frit.

Inspired by the artifact salvage efforts from the flooding of Glen Canyon in Arizona caused by the Glen Canyon Dam in the 1960s. Teams of archeologists went in and rescued what had rested, untouched, in that canyon for 1,000 years. Pictographs, petroglyphs, dwellings, and beautiful canyons were lost under what is now Lake Powell. I was so touched by the story of this canyon (Dam Nation documentary on Netflix) that I felt a real need to create something to honor what had been there before.


I’ve restructured the site a little. I now have some of my glass jewelry and some of my illustrations available for purchase, here on this site. Click the pictures below to see my work. :)

Fear and the Creative Process: A Manifesto for Creative Survival –Valerie Curtis-Newton


Find the Fear in the room and face it.

Its presence says the work is important.

Everyone is afraid.

It is nothing to be ashamed of.

Things that make you afraid reveal your heart.

Scared is ok. Paralyzed is not so much. Do what you must to move—to take even the smallest step forward each day.

You are not your work. The things we create are not who we are.


Leap, if you hope to fly.

Do the hardest, scariest thing first. No matter how badly it may go, you won’t die. You’ll learn something about the work and about yourself.

Practice compassion for yourself and for others.

Stay open. Listen. Don’t be so afraid of hearing the worst that you don’t stay present to the possibility of hear the best.

Be willing to deal with the consequences of your choices.

Be humble enough to ask for support.

Cultivate Courage, Confidence, and Compassion. Commit to physical, spiritual, and intellectual practice.

Enter the work boldly believing that there are 1,000,000 ideas in the air.


Don’t drink the Kool-Aid of approval seeking. To hell with what others might think.

Burn the tape that plays “I am not good

not smart

not worthy enough to be among the good and talented. I deserve to be left on an ice float to die.” Melt the Ice Float.

Try out as many ideas as you can. Be artistically promiscuous.

Practice healthy detachment. Lower the stakes—not the bar.

Tenacity is showing up. The willingness to show up changes us. Be tenacious.

Equivocation is poison. Have something to say. Be brave enough to say it.

Use your art to change the world one project at a time.

Give what you have.

Don’t wait for everything to be perfect. Start with what you have to offer today. It will be more than enough.

Don’t erect altars to your failures.

Police your self-talk. Root out: “I can’t…I’m not…I’m afraid that…” They are fear words.

Make a choice. And Act.

Prioritize Joy in the doing.

Expect miracles every day. You are built for Success.

Know who you are at your core—courageous, competent, strong, free.

Celebrate the opportunity to shine. BREATHE. Then, leap again.

–Valerie Curtis-Newton

Next up, some rework

These were good pieces, but I felt they needed to be beefier. And I needed to play with different colors for the middle piece – more deserty colors. We shall see on Sunday or Monday!

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Fall is here

I noticed yesterday that the ambient light had changed. It is still as bright, but somehow softer. Something distinct, but very subtle. A whisper. I see it, but I don’t know what it is.

It’s hard to believe it’s nearly October – 6 months since I moved here permanently. I feel like I’m settling in pretty well. I have a good studio, I’m starting to sell more of the pendants. I have ideas on how to expand my product line and ideas on new art to create. I am going to Victoria in November to volunteer for my favorite fundraiser: Desert Bus for Hope.

Life is moving a long, and I am happy.


Test Results and Sparklies

Here is the before and after of my first desert canyon test. Not what I was expecting, but I learned something important, which is always good. I fired this low and very slow (25+ hours!) and got a nice gloss that wasn’t too shiny, but kept a lot of detail in the texture.

I’ll be doing another test to keep more of the grain of the powder.

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I’ve also made a batch of dichroic pendants! Check them out in my shop! So many sparklies!!