More thoughts on Scotland

North Lands Classroom

North Lands Classroom

One thing I do regret about the class at North Lands Creative is that I let my fears get the best of me. I was so nervous about going – first time out of the country. The week leading up to leaving, I had butterflies in my stomach and my shoulder muscles were so tight!  Because I didn’t want to be perceived as a typical bumbling, obnoxious American, I was even more reserved than usual.*

When I arrived on the first day of class, I was surrounded by all these fabulously talented and strong women. And then there was little ol’ me feeling more awkward than ever, fighting my worries of fitting in, being good enough – hell, just being able to speak intelligently. By the 4th day my internal dialogue was so bad I was in the bathroom crying. Fortunately, I got some long distance encouragement from Donald and carried on (Thank you, honey!).

It was kind of strange the whole time I was there, in a way. I felt separate but very at home. The best evening was our last dinner at the Bay Owl. One of my fellow classmates, Niela, has this way about her and we ended up having some very open discussions about ourselves. The bus ride back to Lybster was magical. Talk and laughter was palpable. When we got back, we hung out at The Comm (pub), and had a blast sharing music, dancing, drinks and conversations.

I wouldn’t change a thing, though. Insecurities and all, it was one of the best experiences I’ve had and I can’t wait to come back. :)

Lybser Harbor

Lybser Harbor

*FYI – embarassment is not something I deal with very well. It can be a trigger for shame and other self-defeating emotions.

Scotland & North Lands Creative

I was drawn to North Lands last summer at BECon after hearing Louise Tait’s presentation:

Above Us Only Sky
Louise Tait “Some places on earth can make you feel very small indeed, while at the same time filling every ounce of you with the boundless possibilities of being alive. I have been fortunate enough to find such a place: North Lands Creative Glass.” Louise Tait outlines what makes this center of excellence in glass in the Scottish Highlands so special for artists who visit from around the world. She’ll also explore how the color, light, landscape, air, and history of the setting have shaped her and her work.

I would visit the website every so often to see what classes they had to offer, and wondered if I could ever afford to go.

Then I saw Carrie Iverson and Jeremy Scidmore were teaching a class that might prove to be an important step in my career.

Here are a few images of my trip. I took over 400 photos, so I can’t share them all. Scotland was an incredible experience – everything I needed.

Thank you to Carrie and Jeremy for a fantastic class, and to North Lands Creative Glass for hosting us (so much good food!).

New Series – River

I’ve gotten to a great place and I’m loving what I’m creating. I’ll be doing several pieces based on my love for my local water ways and the ocean. Here are the first 2:

 

I Dreamed of Water. 13.5 ” x 17.75″

 

And the next work in the series will be a set of two. Here’s the beginning of the first one:

New Work, Work-in-Progress

I am going to do another “print,” but with a lighter base glass. The comparison should be really interesting.

Frustration

One more firing for this one and it should be done.

And I Cried

I will be firing The Milky Way at least 2 more times to make it
“perfect.”

Milky Way

New Powder Drawing, Finished.

And done. It’s really lovely and tactile. 20″ x 24″ The color change is due to the unique properties of the Bullseye Glass Co. glass (#1859 Rhubarb Shift Tint).

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Fluorescent light.