Making Waves

Carolyn’s Wave Sun catcher 6″ diameter

sun catcher in progress

Boxed and ready to ship

I got a great opportunity a few weeks ago to meditate on waves.  It started with a phone call and questions.  Could I make several dozen wave sun catchers and ship them out in the next two weeks?  My response: Gulp! and So I began meditating on waves.

My line of glass fusion wave pieces was created a few years back, under similar situations.  Gary, my husband and I were asked to make a contribution to our local empty bowls fundraiser.  We anticipating donating Garys wheel turned stone ware pottery bowls.  But as the deadline drew near it became clear we were not going to be able to get his bowls glazed and fired in time.  We needed something done faster.  Glass was the answer since they could be made and fired within a few days.  (assuming the kilns aren’t already spoken for with other projects).  But what design?

At the time I had been painting canvases, working in a very loose and fun style, often putting the brushes down and working with my hands.  Waves were a favorite subject and so I had been doing a series of them in various colors.  My arms had been moving in a wave pattern for a few weeks so it was only natural to apply that motion to glass.  I worked with cut glass and then ground glass called frit.  The frit acted more like paint allowing me to apply it loosely and get the flow that was similar to applying paint to a surface. The first kiln load came out good, I  made our deadline for the  donation we had promised and a whole new line of work had been born.

Even though large orders, on a deadline can be stressful, I have grown to like them. It is  an opportunity to solve problems that arise when meeting new demands. And the process of making a piece of art work over and over again becomes a type of meditation, an opportunity to focus on a particular motif and examine it deeper. Making the art work becomes a meditation.   Each time I set down a clear glass blank and begin the process of creating a wave sun catcher, I can get a new inspiration. Suddenly a different combination of blues seem even better such as adding some opaque streaks, or shifting a color to the left or to the right, adding a lighter or darker value.

In the process each new piece of art becomes an improvement on the last. It becomes a luxury to create multitudes, in this case a blue wave glass fusion sun catcher over and over again.  And although I feel that the art continues to improve, like most art it never feels done.  The next wave will be even better, or at least different!

Carolyn Schena owns and operate Stuido 12 along with her husband Gary.  Carolyn teaches glass fusion classes throughout the busy summer season. Find out more about her classes or purchase her work at  www.studio12hatteras.com

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About Carolyn Schena

Studio 12 is a working studio and gallery owned and operated by husband and wife artists Gary and Carolyn Schena. The Schenas' art work includes pottery, glass fusion and mixed media. Located in Avon, North Carolina on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, studio 12 welcomes all ages to paint pottery, make mosaics or try glass fusion. The Studio 12 gallery is filled with hand Crafted American art with a focus on North Carolina Artists.

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