March is for Glass - SSMDesign

March is for Glass

March 04, 2024

March is for Glass

So this month is for creating with glass (hint May will be too, but in another art form 😉).  Moving back into jewelry for the month of March, next week I begin a 4 week course learning to enamel.  I've been experimenting a bit, but it will be good to get some formal training under my belt as there's a lot to learn!  I'll also be sending my newsletter out again, so if you aren't already subscribed be sure to do so ASAP!


experimenting combining filigree and enamel


It's really crazy how things have opened up as I set the intention for growth and forward progress, which is also helping me to feel some hope again!  In addition to the enamel classes, I'll be creating a mosaic honeycomb triptych for The Beehive Project at The Ruins in Perryopolis, PA alongside artist and owner Rachel Sager and 149 other artists. I'll be creating with smalti, an Italian glass created for ancient mosaics.  Learning to cut, melt, and mix the smalti will also be a segway into learning to create filati, which I will (possibly) learn in Ravenna, Italy later this year where I will train in the ancient and sadly dying art of micromosaics!  This will be a solo journey, one I am excited, but also terrified by, and also one I believe to be truly necessary for my future self in both growth and healing.  There are a lot of logistics to figure out for that trip though!  The very first being that I need to get my passport again as it has LONG EXPIRED, so long ago in fact that it was in my maiden name 😳 from back in my former flight attendant days.


Honeycomb triptych for The Ruins Project


The Ruins Project - Rachel Sager Mosaics
















I've already been dabbling in the micromosaics and I am also set to begin creating micromosaics in the front window at Nest on the Island of Venice on Miami Avenue for all to see how intricately they are made.  This is also a new location where you can see, touch, try on, and purchase my jewelry and other wares.  I will update everyone once a commencement date is chosen (it will be soon).  We think this will be a fun twist using the ancient glass from the very last glass furnace permitted to operate with fire in the city of Venice, Italy, Orsoni, and Murano glass as well, creating in the ancient technique of Italian mosaics, yet creating stateside in Venice, Florida.


SSMDesign micromosaics


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