Blue & green Skytop rack

Thanks for the weekend

Fused glass pasta bowl with dessert
Butternut Pecan Cheesecake
This Thanksgiving we broke with tradition. It was easier to roast beef and garden vegetables than prepare a turkey and trimmings. Jay cooked dinner, I made dessert: Butternut Pecan Cheesecake. We were grateful for the sense to cut back on the kitchen work and for the pleasures of the good meal.

Stained glass panels
Rhythmic and rondel panels at EMCA
Included in our thanks-giving that day was Marian at the Endless Mountains Art Council Gallery in Tunkhannock. She accepted our glass late. A date mix-up and snowy roads delayed delivery for the gallery’s Holly Days, which began on “Black Friday.” The gallery is open extra hours this month and will help celebrate Christmas in Our Hometown on Saturday, December 7. (Check hours at 507.846.3622.)
Bowls and candle bridges
Fused glass at EMCA
Cardinal ornament and glass
Rondel panel by the EMCA tree

Jay and are glad we get to read good books and we finished two last weekend. Jhumpa Lahiri’s newest book, The Lowland kept me reading every day, sometimes in the middle of the night. Lahiri is a terrific writer who tells a great story. During our weekend travels Jay and I, who enjoy recorded books while in the studio and in the car, finished “reading” Too Much Money by Dominick Dunn. His last book provoked chuckles and guessing at who his characters represented in real life.

Skytop red rack
Fused glass dishes featuring red
Have you ever helped prepare an exhibit hall for a show? Before exhibitors arrive someone must measure and mark the floor for booths and ensure that electrical connections, tables, chairs, and signs are in place. We were among other Pocono Mountain Arts Council members who helped with those tasks Friday morning at Skytop Lodge. Fifty-five or so booths is not a large show and show coordinators Catherine Schratt and Nancy Pitcher had it well organized. Thanks to them and plenty of hands to make quick work of the job. Plus everybody was in a good mood and moved surprising well considering the previous day’s likely overindulgence in food and under-indulgence in activity.

Red & green fused glass
Winter holidays glass
Well before noon Jay and I were loading-in our glass and setting up our own booth. And we were done in time to cook dinner (leftovers) at home. We always appreciate sleeping in our own bed when a show is within an hour’s drive of home.

Hemlock Ballroom, Holiday Arts Festival
View from our Skytop booth
During the Holiday Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday we were thankful for all the beautiful pieces on exhibit and marvelous comments and stories we heard. The young woodworker across from us makes beautiful turned bowls and furniture in the tradition of his West Virginia family roots. Some of the jewelry makers taught me a little about their stones and methods. A visitor to our booth said one large bowl reminded her of Japanese Imari porcelain.
12CLB15 fused glass bowl
Red Speckles classic bowl
Jay and I took time for individual walks around Skytop Lake and to the dam, and visited the Gingerbread House.

All in all it was a good four days.

Fused glass coasters

Stars are out

The stars came came out Saturday evening. After dinner we opened the kiln to some coaster sets featuring stars. They will be fun for winter holidays or any time someone wants a little star-shine, and they give us design ideas for larger pieces.

11" fused glass serving bowl
Blue & Marigold Confetti classic bowl
Other new pieces are already waiting to be seen for the first time at one of our late autumn shows. There are several dishes in the Blue & Gold Confetti design, including a pasta bowl and a serving bowl.

Candle-bridges are destined to dress up holiday tables, especially when garnished with a few leaves, greens, or berries.

Christmas candle bridge centerpiece
4-candle bridge with holly and greens

4-candle bridge centerpiece
4-candle bridge with gold and blue trimmings
Red & orange blend candlebridge with leaves & yellow weed
Glass candle bridge as autumn decoration

Fused glass oval dish
Oval dish
This oval dish seems perfect for autumn, although the inspiration came while I was picking nasturtiums during the summer. Oval dishes are popular and practical and we’ll have more colors and styles to show off by the end of the month.

Pink-tan-with-blue-rimations 6" slumped square
Kiln-formed square dish
Curved square dishes are festive for salad, dessert, or any holiday treat. This dish would also prettily set off a pillar candle or a few bright ornaments.

12" x 17" fused glass platter
Starry Sky platter
“Starry Sky” is one of the new platters ready to shine this month. Thanksgiving turkey, Hanukkah sufganiyot, Christmas ham, or New Year’s Eve Spekbrot will look even more delectable when served on a work of art.

All these pieces and more will star when we exhibit later this month and in December.
November 23 and 24 (10 AM–4 PM both days) we’ll be at the Village Arts & Crafts Market, Buckingham Springs PA (near Horsham, New Hope, and Doylestown).

PMAC/Sckytop postcard
Skytop Holiday Arts Festival
Thanksgiving weekend we’ll be at the Holiday Arts Festival at Skytop Lodge, Skytop, PA. Hours are 10:00 AM–5:00 PM on Saturday Nov 30 and 10:00 AM–3:00 PM on Sunday, Dec 1.

We’ll show both stained glass and fused glass during Holly Days at the EMCA Gallery in Tunkhannock PA from Nov 29 through Dec 22. The gallery will be open 10:00 AM–5:00 PM on Nov 29 (opening day) and Dec 7 (for Christmas in Our Hometown); 1:00–5:00 PM on Nov 30; and at least 1:00–3:00 PM all other days. Call the gallery (507.836.3622) for additional hours.

We also have glass at B’s Floral Design, 131 Penn Ave, Scranton PA (10:00 AM–5:00 PM Monday through Friday). B’s will be open until 9 PM during First Friday Artwalk on Friday, Dec 6.

Fused glass coasters
Star coasters
The Silver Arrow Gallery in Tannersville PA, on PA 611, shows our work continually. The gallery opens at 11:00 AM each day and closes in early evening.

Let’s not just wish upon a star but reach for one this glad season.