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Autumn Foliage | Art Glass | Fall Colors

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Autumn Foliage | Art Glass | Fall Colors

The Autumn Foliage Series of hand blown art glass was inspired by the fall colors found during autumn. Pennsylvania is a great place to be this time of year. As the fall season is approaching, I enjoy reflecting on this art glass work I created many years ago. I grew up and live in this part of the world. Living here, it’s not hard to take inspiration from the changing autumn foliage. In the autumn, the leaves of many trees found in Pennsylvania begin their colorful transformation. From dark reds and oranges to vibrant yellows, the color variation can be amazing. Making the Autumn...

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3 Ways To Tell If Glass Art Is Valuable

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3 Ways To Tell If Glass Art Is Valuable

  Is Your Glass Art Valuable?   3 ways to tell if your glass art is valuable… there may be more ways, but most likely there are less. Attaching a value to art in general is very tricky. The price of art compared to its value can be very different. Things people collect, whether it is art, antiques, or something rare and unique, are generally valued at what someone is willing to pay. There are many factors involved in determining an object’s value.   Value Factors for Glass Art The following factors can help determine if your glass art or glass sculpture is valuable. Is...

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Why People Buy Art

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Why People Buy Art

There are many reasons people buy art. But for the collector who is passionate about art, one reason looms large. A collector always talks about the story or their “experience” of how they acquired a particular artwork. These stories range from visiting an artist’s studio to stumbling upon a hidden gallery while traveling. I watch and listen to collectors beam with emotion as they reminisce about how a particular artwork came into their lives… Sometimes never talking about the actual artwork. The artwork is important to them, but the “experience” they...

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William Morris Glass Sculpture and Influence

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William Morris Glass Sculpture and Influence

The glass sculpture by William Morris is usually the first thought I have when asked about which contemporary glass artists do I like. This is the type of question I could easily create a large list of artists and glass work. I could populate that list with glass blowers showcasing their technical skills and talent. I could include glass artists with a wonderful sense of aesthetic. I could “comb” through photos of amazing glass sculpture. I could even create categories based on functional and non-functional works in glass… But William Morris ‘s work and approach...

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Why Good Ideas Go Bad

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Why Good Ideas Go Bad

Why do some good ideas go bad? All ideas start out as “good ideas”… but along the way some ideas become bad. It is easy to claim an idea as being good or bad when looking back in time. In art and in life, choices are the bits and parts of an idea as it is happening – “I think it would be a good idea to use this color because… ” or “This will be great as soon as I… ” When good ideas go bad Insecurities and realization are the cancer of ideas originally considered to be good. Sometimes even the smallest negative reaction to your idea...

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Making Something

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Making Something

Making something that has the potential to strike an emotional chord with a viewer… Making something that may encourage someone to think a little deeper… Making something that draws in more than just a passing glance… That makes making something just a little bit more rewarding… and why some people become artists. -Bernard Katz photo credit: Addison...

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