2.01.2015

and we have a winner!!

Earring give away winner is Val McLaren..yay!! Thank you for playing along everyone and watch for more of these in the coming months.

1.29.2015

A glimpse of Doha, Qatar


Just a few of our favorite images from our time here in Qatar..

Our neighborhood in Doha

"Closed'

Desert outside of the city of Doha, Qatar

Sunrise in the Desert

Fishing Dhow


One of the many Perfumeries in Doha..beautiful bottles and oils

Waiting for the Souq to open

City center Doha, Qatar

City center Doha, Qatar

Ally at the Souq

Merchant at the Souq

the Pearl, Doha

Turkish lamp lighting

1.26.2015

You can't get blood from a stone..

..but apparently you can get paper. It's called TerraSkin and it handles a little like Yupo paper but with more capacity for absorption. Of course, if there's paper out there that was once stone I need it. I ordered some from Amazon [what can't you find on Amazon, by the way] Im assuming there isn't any here in Qatar, but that's a lame assumption and founded on laziness. Its just so much easier to hit that one-click shopping link over there on Amazon.

I had so much fun playing on Yupo paper today. For those who might be wondering, Yupo is not  paper at all, but a plastic material. Many watercolorists find it fun to experiment on a medium that repels the water rather than absorbing it as traditional watercolor paper that is 100% rag will. 
With thick applications of watercolor paint .. only very small amounts of water and using only the primaries..cobalt blue, vermillion and ~I think it was hansa yellow..a cool yellow, I did a super quick, instinctive..'you're a flower' sort of painting. Lots of fun! and definitely something to keep trying to improve upon. This is 9x12" but what fun this would be a large sheet.



Back to glass tomorrow! since I promised someone I would work in blues this week.

While I really really really!..really. do not enjoy custom work, and [shudder]don't do it..I've found I can handle it in the smallest of requests like that..Give me a color and let me do with it what I will.  That's fun. :-) :-)


We'll see what comes of it..enjoy your day today everyone!


1.24.2015

Its a Give away!!




Give away!! 

Handcrafted earrings, designed with my torched glass beads in a flowing leaf style in pinkish purples. Set on sterling silver hooks.


Your name will go into a draw and a winner will be announced here on Feb 1st..just in time for you to gift someone on Valentines day ~♡~ [maybe yourself?]



Thank you those who send their feedback and encouragement and show their love of the arts..it never fails to boost my spirits! 




                                                  Enjoy your week everyone!!

1.22.2015

Color me Red

Handcrafted glass beads by Deborah JLambson ~:Saree:~


ReD! Leaning to the oranges..a ripening tomato red.

I'm a lover of organic hues..earthy subtle colors. A lot of greens and blues..But the other day someone asked me a seemingly innocent question.
 'Do you have anything in red?'
and because I was needing a wee bit of a change, that simple request began a hunt for the perfect red.

The reds and pinks are not an easy quest in the glass world. Many of those luscious red rods turn livery and rusty once they're worked in the flame and put through the annealing process. What emerges from the kiln is not the lovely red that you saw in the raw form.

But, this one..mm. Called 'Maraschino' [which is more true to the cherry color when worked small] is a glass that comes from a Seattle based company called 'Creation is Messy' or CIM glass.

I'm becoming a fan.
of both CIM glass and the color red! :-)


Handcrafted glass beads~~ :Saree: collar by Deborah JLambson
~Enjoy your week everyone..

5.09.2014

the raven

The creative mind behind my raven logo.. 




One afternoon my grand-daughter brought me a drawing she'd made of a beautifully sketched green bird.





Around the bird she had written random words in her own 5 year old sentence structure. She read it out haltingly, using her finger to find each word..



This green bird was trying to fly and one day he flew!! 


 I scanned the image into my computer and made an image brush with it so that I could use it as a logo in my work.






The raven sits ever watchful in my studio and keeps a curious eye on all the details of my work. 







I kind of love that bird.


Enjoy your week everyone.. :-)



2.27.2014

Inspiration abounds in Israel

We've become very snap happy in this country since the scenery is so rich and the ruins, numerous. We travelled through the ruins at Lakish last week..  These are a few of the photos we returned from Lakish [Lachish] with..

My inspiration folder is becoming stuffed and slightly unorganized.   Surprise surprise.







                                                                             
Somehow these sights internalize in the studio and my palette and lines in the glass are reminiscent of these really beautiful days here in Israel.

A couple of new bracelets this week..still thinking viney brush and sprigs and twigs..:-) I think I always am actually. These two newly created are also of the series 'Of the Earth'

'Stolon' features a hand crafted sterling silver chain and a little hunk of Jasper. 'Undergrowth' was created with warm luminescent amber and neutral sage what I call 'garden' beads and is paired with a strand of Laguna Agate. Little beauties that feel so good on your skin.

Of some interest:
Laguna Agate promotes the perseverance and strength it takes to lead to the development of personal abilities and inner balance. Agates with irregular designs, such as Laguna Agate, can stimulate action and important decision making 
Laguna Agate is the most highly praised banded agate in the world. It is known for its extremely tight banding and vibrant shades of red and scarlet. Laguna Agate is found in an area covering roughly four square miles in a remote mountain range in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico.        ~www.crystalvaults.com/


Artisan bracelet, 'Stolon'

Artisan bracelet, 'Undergrowth'


Enjoy your week everyone!


~ 'Stolon' and more can be found at  Gallery 421 in Kelowna, BC. Please do contact them if you're interested in more details.. Susan will be happy to look after you.  ~

2.18.2014

Recycling...Glass beads from Olive bottle


The olives in Israel are outstanding! Fat and Tart. Salty and sumptious.

I was surprised to see so many groves in the Negev desert area! Thriving, lush groves.

video


Israel has become masterful at managing their water.


We do go through our share of olive oil here. The last bottle we emptied was particularly handsome. As I was about to discard, I had to consider what the beads might look like...


So..


I wrapped the scrubbed bottle in a towel and smashed with a good heavy hammer. I got a few great shards. Washed and dried them and set them on my kiln to warm so that they would be easier to melt in the flame without too much shocking.


Turned on my oxygen concentrator and torch and proceeded to make a gather of glass on the bare end of my mandrel.



Pulled a nice fat stringer.. 


and wound some small beads with this very delicous green glass.


It seems to me the COE [Coefficient of Expansion or the rate of expansion] might be 90 or close to it, like pyrex..just because it's so stiff ~ but I make no assumptions.

I made little beads with this pure glass..no decorating or crushed glass added since the COE is unknown to me I don't want to mix the glasses and so take a chance of them cracking later..also..they sort of look like wee olives. Purity.

Kiln annealed as for boro glass.

Now..


What to make!






12.02.2013

Canadian snowboy charm

I will send one of these little glassy snowguys [25-30mm]for your tree or purse charm to the 313th 'Like' on the Deborah JLambson glass page.. ♥♥

7.31.2013

on Creativity

Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. 
To create means to relate. 
The root meaning of the word art is “to fit together”
and we all do this every day. 

Not all of us are painters 
but we are all artists. 
Each time we fit things together we are creating

- whether it is to make a loaf of bread,

a child,

a day.”

~ Corita Kent

El Capitan in California..2011