Glass by Candlelight

Spring seemed oh-so-brief yet unusually warm days indicate summer has come to our hill. Leafed-out trees and their seeds, blooming wild-flowers, unfurled ferns, and fast-growing grasses provide plentiful subjects for the woodsy designs I’ve been working on since last fall. Sunny days, as few as they are in northeastern Pennsylvania, add vibrance to the bright color glasses that went into winter-made windows.

Last night well after sun-down, we lost electricity following a
thunderstorm. It was almost bedtime anyway so Jay and I lit candles and carried them to the bedroom. Since the room was still quite dark, we left the window shades up. Sitting in bed I noticed how several stained glass panels stood out against the night sky. Candlelight reflected off two new tree windows, highlighting the lead lines and drawing out some of the opalescent color. It also caught the “wave” in textured clear glass of Jay’s Just A Touch.

If not for the black-out, we would not have seen the artistry of glass by candle-light.

PFaF pt II

A neighborhood spirit developed among the exhibitors in the lower half of the 100 aisle of this year’s Philadelphia Furniture & Furnishing Show. Some were able to lend an extra hand to others during set up and take down and we covered for one another when an exhibitor had to leave the booth for a meal or the necessary room. We offered professional advice, traded personal stories when traffic was slow, and shared a meal in Chinatown before loading vans and trucks Sunday night. The artistry in our neighborhood was extremely varied in style and all high quality. If you didn’t get to meet these artisans at the show, check out their web sites:

Alan Lee Levine makes brightly-colored modern interlocking and custom design furniture.

Tripp Gregson crafts capricious furniture and accessories from found materials.

Jean Bouteiller offers wood carvings as well as original and reproduction furniture.

Jason Berg creates functional cast glass at New England Glass Design.

Susan Madacsi uses traditional and non-traditional blacksmithing techniques to produce functional and decorative metal objects.

John Geraghty is known for using very large slabs of wood to create striking furniture pieces. And when we say large, we mean “even larger than you think.”