Cynthia Morgan (Morganica) discusses how she makes small glass sculpture for pendants, brooches, tiny vessels, and bracelets, and her journey learning to integrate her glass art with new skills she’s developing in metal clay (PMC/EZ960/base metal clay/etc), precious and semi-precious stones, and enameling. This section includes tutorials, musings, business and marketing strategies, admired artists, the pitfalls and perils of learning new artforms, and some new examples of her work. It includes making, carving, and layering metal clay, setting stones into metal clay, enamelwork on copper and silver metal clay, and engineering mounts and settings for pate de verre jewelry pieces.
Necessity may give birth to invention, but the mother of art is frustration. If you want to build a strong vocabulary in an artistic medium, you must achieve frustration. Fail at it. Badly. Repeatedly. If my current frustration level with metal [...]