Thank you, Mid-Valley

>>>Thank you, Mid-Valley

Boy, did I have a great time.

I’d promised to give two lecture/demos to OGG chapters on color and transparency control in casting and pate de verre (a demo which, whimsically, I’ve decided to call “Intelligent Design.” Don’t gasp.). Between Dad’s accident, economy shifts and the sad, sad state of kilnlessness, I just didn’t see how I could keep that promise.

BTW, guys: There’s an updated casting resources list–just check the link at the top right of this page.

Amazing how trimmed your life gets when the focus shifts to family. I’m still prepping the lecture and designing samples–the subject is a fascinating one that I’d pursue anyway–but we’ve canceled the Portland chapter lecture for now and will take it up in the spring. It’s not like I don’t yak their ears off anyway…

But when I tried to cancel at our new Mid-Valley chapter, though, they expressed dismay; apparently the sign-up sheet for the lecture was inordinately large and they were planning a dinner afterwards… “You know,” pleaded Rinee, who started this whole thing, “if you’re up to it, why don’t you just come for a casual talk? It doesn’t have to be a fancy lecture or anything…”

I agreed, gathered up some casting mistakes, er, works in progress, and headed down to Albany. Despite living here for seven years the only place I’ve been to in Oregon (outside of two visits to Newport) is Portland. (Well, Vancouver, too). I trekked down past Salem, to Albany, and met up with 30 or 40 really delightful glassists. Flatteringly (or maybe just because the room was on the smallish side) it was standing room only.

They asked a lot of questions but pretty much let me yak. We talked about frit, bubble control, color layering and the need to get all the clay out before you put the glass in the mold (blush). We passed around samples of my, uhm, works in progress, and talked about next steps for fixing them. I passed out an updated list of casting supplies.

In short, I had a ball. We trekked around the corner to Clemenza’s, a nice little Italian restaurant. Nothing I like better than a bunch of glassists getting to know each other, and by the time we finished eating we were fast friends.

They asked me to teach a class, something I get asked to do quite a bit, and it’s started me thinking along those lines. But mostly, I just really enjoyed the change of scenery, change of mindset, the opportunity to shake out the wrinks and creasles and do something else for an evening.

So thank you for insisting, Rinee. And thanks for inviting me, Mid-Valley. We oughta do that again sometime.




  1. Skybird January 29, 2009 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Cynthia- Thanks so much for your generosity in sharing your knowledge and your wonderful, creative spirit with us. It was so much fun sharing dinner with you as well. I’m looking forward to seeing where life takes you and hoping it has something to do with a teaching studio in the near future.
    Thanks again! Skybird

  2. Deanna January 29, 2009 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Thank you for making the trek to Albany and especially for your openess in sharing your work with us — you’ve inspired me! We truly loved having you here!

  3. Rinee January 29, 2009 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Thank you Cynthia-it was great and we loved having you here. We appreciate the extra special work you did to get here. Please come back again anytime.

  4. Sally Ishikawa January 28, 2009 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    It was fun learning a little more about you AND your glass adventures. Do come again!

  5. Kathy Kopczynski January 28, 2009 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Thank YOU, Cynthia! With all on your plate, I’m glad you found doing our meeting refreshing and a good break.


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