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05 August 2012 @ 10:28 am
Just to let you know that I have lowered the price on my little fish glasses and small bowl over on etsy. Check it out: http://www.etsy.com/shop/nevenah
30 July 2012 @ 03:40 pm
And, of course, mere moments after posting, etsy went down. *facepalm*

They are assure us that it will all be fixed soon.

Please do check back. I want you to see the new stuff.
30 July 2012 @ 02:29 pm
Hi folks! I know things have been a bit quiet around here, but I've been working away in my little studio. I've re-opened my etsy store and have some things listed that have never been seen on-line before (a lucky few have seen them in the flesh).

I'd love it if you could check it out, and boost the signal.

More things will be posted later today; this is just the beginning! That link, for your shopping pleasure, is http://www.etsy.com/shop/nevenah.
20 December 2011 @ 04:57 pm
I went back to the gallery today to deliver some gift boxes for my little origami crane ornaments (selling well), and took the opportunity to take some additional pictures of the wave vase. I'm putting up four different views to give you an idea of how the patterns overlap and interact.

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19 December 2011 @ 12:15 pm

In the face of the looming (and fast disappearing) holiday shopping season, I finally got my brain and hands together and made some stuff. I worked a solid 12 hours a day (or more) on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, and about 5 hours on Friday getting stuff ready to blast, and then Friday afternoon/evening, most of Saturday and part of this Sunday in the studio blasting. The following pictures show most of the results of that labor: PicturesCollapse )

Final tally: 1 Octopus Vase

1 Wave Vase

1 Bamboo Vase

1 Dolphin bowl with carved edge

2 new dolphin glasses

1 light blue dolphin bowl

2 dark blue dolphin bowls

4 tall aqua fish glasses

8 short aqua fish glasses, 4 with new designs

6 short blue fish glasses, new designs

4 NOLA heart ruby votives

4 NOLA heart short ruby glasses

2 NOLA heart ruby tumblers


Total: 37 new pieces in one week. *whew* I needed that. And I got through the last two full seasons of Angel and got caught up on a bunch of current shows while doing it (I like to have TV shows playing on my computer as I work--it gives the other half of my brain something to do).

And now I'm contemplating doing some small, triangular light green votives with ginkgo leaves. And maybe something else. We'll see. I've learned I have to ride the wave when I can--there are too many fallow days in my life.

07 January 2011 @ 08:33 pm
Here are the finished glasses. I sandblasted them this afternoon. All told, I put about 11-12 hours of work into them, including design time.

Rose is a Rose glasses

Rose is a rose drinking glasses

Rose is a Rose glass

And here is what I have to overcome every day when I want to get something done:

My Distractions

That's Harley in his favorite spot right in front of the computer monitor, and Beamer on my lap.

And now I'm a bit tired.
07 January 2011 @ 01:44 pm
My father emailed me Wednesday night, asking if he could buy one of my glass pieces for my mom for her upcoming birthday (Jan. 13). He thought maybe the remaining cat vase, but they have rather a surfeit of vases at the moment, so I thought about what they use every day and came up with a suggestion: juice glasses. (Not highball glasses--they don't drink mixed drinks, only the occasional jot of wine or sherry for my dad.) They are still using the same old golden plastic restaurant-style drinking glasses they've had since I was a child, and I think it would be nice for them to have something a little prettier. cut so the people who read both my journals don't get the same thing on their friends page twiceCollapse )
14 December 2010 @ 04:47 pm
I have created a new web site for my glass. Please take a look, and let me know what you think. The only things I haven't figured out yet are how to put up more than one image per item, and how to get it to add shipping. Anyone have any ideas on those? Have any of you used Weebly.com?

Nevenah Smith Art

Any and all feedback would be most welcome.
30 November 2010 @ 01:34 pm
I've gotten use to the ease of posting to FaceBook, even though I resisted for so long. But for those of you who are not following me there, here is a post of new work I finished this week. Most of these pieces are in Myers & White Gallery at 2036 Magazine St., New Orleans. A few will go up on my etsy site, and one is already sold (yay!).

The pictures are not great; my camera isn't working properly, so these are taken with my cellphone. Since it's a PITA to upload from the phone, I didn't take a whole lot. Behind the cut with pictures!Collapse )
So I'm back home for about three weeks until the next show. I have a lot of glass I picked up on my travels, and am contemplating how to deface decorate it. And I am coming up against a peculiar quirk in my thinking, perhaps related to art school. Essentially, it's that I feel I shouldn't make pieces with the same design twice (at least for the pieces above the $20-$30 range). I have designs that were fairly successful at WisCon (some of which I couldn't repeat if I wanted because that glass simply isn't available anymore). I never got around to photographing them, but I remember fairly well what they were.

So here's the thing. In 2-D art, you have originals and you have prints. When someone buys an original, they do so with the expectation that the artist isn't going to turn around and paint that same thing again. It's a unique piece. It's a bit different with 3-D. There is no good way to make reproductions of 3-D pieces, unless you're doing castings of an original. And people do buy those castings. They also buy the original sculpture. There are ways of creating photo-resist stencils of the line drawings I do for the etching, and I have done that with some intricate images I like to use multiple times (such as the double cranes, the koi, and the NW seal). But I tend to use those only for the inexpensive pieces, or incorporate them into a more complex, more time intensive piece, like the fish bowl, which has four of the koi underneath a complex, hand-drawn and -cut series of waves.

So here's my dilemna: Do I make more pieces using the same design as ones I've already sold? A certain amount of the uniqueness of each piece will be maintained, as many of them contained hand-drawn elements (i.e. drawn directly onto the resist and then hand-cut) which I would never be able to duplicate. But would the people who bought the other pieces feel somehow cheated to find there were other versions of their piece out there? My brain says no and points to the many, many artists who sell the same piece over and over again, all with slight variations (potters, weavers, glass-blowers), but my hind brain insists that once I've done something, I should move on and come up with new designs.

So I'm going to put it to you. What do you think?If you've bought one of my more complex pieces, would it bother you if I made another one? Would it help if you knew each one was slightly different due to the vaguaries of hand-cutting and the carving process? Please help me out here; I am surrounded by glass and my brain hurts.