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Stegosaurus, Reindeer and a Show

fused glass stegosaurus

The season is picking up and becoming hectic, right on schedule.  Sometime I think the holidays are the most stressful time of the year for artists, trying to make gifts for everyone else, and get your own gift purchasing done!

This week I was happy to be a last minute inclusion in a boutique and fundraiser for the Animal Advocacy Foundation that was organized by Purring Buddha.  What a wonderful group of vendors and customers!  The animal rescue community has the biggest hearts indeed.  Here are some of the photo highlights of the boutique: Continue reading Stegosaurus, Reindeer and a Show

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Q & A Monday, December 5 Edition

Bottles for fusing

Today I’m answering reader email questions.  The personal details have been removed for privacy.  If you have a burning (ha!) glass question, please send it on over using the contact form.  Please be patient, I receive hundreds of emails a day, sometimes I get a little behind schedule.

 

First, a huge Thank You to everyone who sent Thanksgiving messages, it was inspiring to hear from so many people from so many places, I love the glass community!  Now, I have a fresh cup of coffee, so here we go!

Q:  can stoneware milds be used for glass casting? There are some cute Brown Bag cookie molds that I think would make sweet ornaments and suncatchers.  There are stoneware.  can they be used for glass casting?  Stoneware means they have been fired at a higher temperature than bisque (used to do pottery…still want to). Continue reading Q & A Monday, December 5 Edition

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Fuse and Fold Animals and a Show

fused glass dragonfly

This week has been pretty darn busy in the studio, the Glass in the Garden show opened two weeks ago and is doing very well.  Here are some of the Fuse and Fold Animals that I made for the show:

I also have proof that I do, occasionally escape from the studio!  My friend Jan took this photo of me at the Artists Reception:

Jodi McRaney Rusho
Jodi McRaney Rusho

I’ve also been working on new class/workshop ideas for Kimball Arts Center in Park City, including this cool thing:

picassopanel1 picassopanel2More info on that soon!

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Crickets, Cats and Treats

This past week has been a whirlwind in the studio.  I’m finishing the last push for a Glass Art in the Garden show at Red Butte Garden.  The work has to be dropped off tomorrow afternoon, and my last 6 animals are fusing now.

I gave several of my glass animals a redesign for this show, the black cat with painted mica patterns is fun, I have a white cat with gold fusing now.  The glass is from old light fixture covers, I’m excited to see how he turns out. Continue reading Crickets, Cats and Treats

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Q&A Monday – Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween!  Today I’m answering reader emails in between playing with a black cat and being generally spooky.  These are all questions that were emailed to me, with the replies and all personal info removed.  If you have a question of your very own, you can send it to me through the about/contact page, and I’ll eventually get back to you.  Please be patient, the cats refuse to answer questions, and I get a ton every week.  Thanks!

Q:  Hi Jodi,
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Q&A Monday – 10/24/16

Today I’m answering reader questions that were received via e-mail.  I’ve removed all personal details for privacy.  If you have a question, please feel free to email me through the contact form. Please be patient, I get close to a hundred messages a week, and it sometimes takes me a minute to get them all answered.

Q:  I love your bottle molds! I have a wooden plaque with a metal medallion on it. I want to make a mold of the medallion and then slump bottle bottoms. I have seen your info on kiln carving, but I want to exact replica of this medallion. How can I make this medallion mold or do I have to send it to a professional to make.
Thanks so much, I love your work and have played around with your ideas! I am definitely not an artist, but I sure can follow directions! Continue reading Q&A Monday – 10/24/16

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Q & A – October 3, 2016

Bottles with Enamel Labels

Did you know you can email me with any glass fusing question, and eventually I will get back to you (I get hundreds of emails, so patience is definitely a virtue!) Maybe someone else has the same question as you, just in case, I’m sharing some of the questions I get, and the answers (I have removed all personal details for privacy reasons).

Q: I have a technical question.  You know I don’t do bottles, but a friend of mine has just left me with some beautiful Grey Goose Vodka bottles and has persuaded me to try and flatten them.  Do you have any advice?  I thought it wouldn’t work as far as the images on the outside and inside, but she showed me images online of other successfully fused bottles, retaining the designs. Continue reading Q & A – October 3, 2016