Mostly in fused glass I’m doing abstracts, but the shape of a random piece of clear glass suggested to me this caterpillar climbing over an obstacle.
Does it even look like a caterpillar? Does it suggest an obstacle? Does it matter?
Sometimes from the pile of glass pieces, a figure jumps out at me. Like this one:
I hope you can tell it’s a figure, anyhow.
My eyes have been filled with the colors of spring, and so flowers bloomed in the sun:
Maybe they’ll look more floral when they’ve been fired in the kiln.
Then this one I felt as a volcano:
OK, it’s a stretch.
What I’m even more unsure of is whether all of these pieces are just plain dumb.
In self-defense: It’s not like I’m trying to make them realistic. They’re abstractions of real things.
They just seem so … unimportant.
Self-defense #2: It’s all self-expression, so in a way that is always going to seem “unimportant” in the journalistic sense.
Except that when I am immersed in making these little pieces, I feel completely outside myself. It doesn’t feel like self-expression. It feels like I’m expressing something that comes from inside the glass.
Releasing little spirits that want to get out. That want to jump, blossom, climb, or blow up.
So I help them.
I guess what’s important is that I’m learning to play again.
Today’s penny is a 2014, because I have 14 new pieces ready to fire.
4 thoughts on “In the real world”
Lisa, you are so clever and creative. Thanks to you, I could see the caterpillar working its way over a slate blue stone in the garden. You opened my eyes and my mind. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, Barb! You made my day!
“…just plain dumb”?? NO WAY. Creative expression and I love them all. I want the one with the sun and the flowers! Lets buy a kiln!
Thank you darling Sara…. anything you like is YOURS.
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