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Still Shopping? I’m Listening.

I wish I had the resources to grab my displays and put on a full-out trunk show for everyone who is asking about Angel’s Share fused glass. What a fun whirlwind that would be! And the appreciation and support is really heart-warming.

My glass-making skills outstrip my photography skills.  Still, you may get a glimpse of the deep color and glow of these handmade gems.

My glass-making skills outstrip my photography skills. Still, you may get a glimpse of the deep color and glow of these handmade gems.

Alas, once again I am constrained by both the laws of physics and my own physical limitations. So for those of you in Anne Arundel County and neighboring areas, who are still looking for last-minute gifts, and would love something made locally and by hand, by a real person with a face and a name, I’ve added links to the right sidebar  where my work can be found. Hopefully, that list will grow, as each outlet has its own vibe, and they’ve chosen different styles to showcase.

Lillie Pad Studios features my Artifact line, with raw edges and mixed materials.

The Angel's Share Artifact series is always changing, depending on what materials I've foraged. These three pieces include salvaged window glass, copper mesh, electrical wiring, steel cable, and ground glass powder, as a start.

The Angel’s Share Artifact series is always changing, depending on what materials I’ve foraged. These three pieces include salvaged window glass, copper mesh, electrical wiring, steel cable, and ground glass powder, for a start.

There’s a lot of repurposed inclusions in these pieces, scavenged from houses undergoing renovation. And owner Michelle Lillie is an amazing glass-blower, with a great variety of her work available as well. The upstairs Gallery features work by several local fine artists, including paintings and sculptures. For a really unforgettable gift, package a pair of Angel’s Share earrings with a voucher for one of the glass-blowing or ceramics classes offered at the Studio.

Ridgely Retreat in West Annapolis is showcasing my Angel Stacks this winter.

I try to nudge the colors for the Angel Stacks, but really, the outcome is up to the whim of the kin gods.  Yeah,  I know there's science in there too, but I prefer to believe in magic.

I try to nudge the colors for the Angel Stacks, but really, the outcome is up to the whim of the kiln gods. Yeah, I know there’s science in there too, but I prefer to believe in magic.

Tailored in shape, yet full of fire and color, these pieces will bring a sparkle to the grayest of days. Ridgely Retreat is such a warm and peaceful place, consider it a gift to yourself just to drop by and enjoy a cup of herbal tea while you shop. And in the spirit of loving-kindness, couple an Angel’s Share pendant with a certificate for a massage or a yoga class offered on site.

And both locations have abundant, free parking! How’s that for taking the stress out of last-minute shopping?

Happy Holidays, and wishes for the most wonderful of New Year’s.

This sign from an Annapolis shop says it all. (photo courtesy of South Jersey Locavore)

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Local Treasure: Kinder Farm Park

I had forgotten about this great park until a recently-transplanted colleague started praising it’s virtues a few days ago.

Just one portion of the beautiful park (photo courtesy of Friends of Kinder Farm Park)

 Funny how we can start to take our local resources for granted. Sometimes it takes a fresh pair of eyes to point out what should be obvious. And since Kinder Farm Park is on East West Highway, smack dab in the middle of Anne Arundel County, it’s almost hard to avoid. Thanks, D, for reminding me to visit more often. And welcome to the area…I’m glad you’re here!

So what does Kinder Farm Park have to offer? Well, it’s a huge 288 acres with both paved trails and nature paths. Like most AACo parks, it has pavilions, picnic facilities, and a playground. There’s catch-and-release fishing areas, and trails for horseback riding. The frisbee golf course is a little more unusual.

But what really makes this facility stand out is the “Farm” part of it’s name. Drawing from the property’s agricultural heritage, Kinder Farm Park offers community gardening opportunities, a Visitor’s Center with agricultural artifacts, AND a educational farm complex, complete with animals!

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Come visit this cute goat, as well as other farm animals, at Kinder Farm Park! (photo courtesy of AACo Recreation and Parks.)

And it wasn’t until writing up this post that I learned that Kinder Farm Park is home to several homesteading skills and artisan clubs. This includes a quilting group, 4-H Livestock Club, antique farm equipment enthusiasts, and (truly exciting to me) the Chesapeake Forge Club. Yes, they offer classes!

The forge at Kinder Farm Park. (photo courtesy of Chesapeake Forge Club)

I’m looking forward to rediscovering this local treasure. With so many activities on offer, this is going on my short-list of ‘fun things to do’ this winter.

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New Local Art Gallery, and Shameless Self-Promotion

Michelle Lillie at Lillie Pad Studios has been busy creating and teaching blown glass, silversmithing, and ceramics in her tricked-out barn in Millersville.

Michelle Lillie guiding a first-time glass student.

I took an introductory hot glass class with her this week, and, although this technique is clearly not my forte, she managed to calmly help me coax a semi-recognizable flower from my clunky blob of molten glass.

This…this…is a flower that I made in my first hot glass session at Lillie Pad Studios. I was going for stark realism, so the beetle-ravaged look is entirely intentional. I swear.

 Other students’ work is much more impressive.

I try not to seethe with jealousy.

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That first-time student pictured above is a natural! Look at this gorgeous swirl of glass!

Michelle’s own work is stunning, and deserves to be appreciated.
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Michelle Lillie. Those balloons are actually blown glass!

In very welcome news, she is opening a stand-alone gallery that will showcase her creations as well as other local artists in a variety of mediums. Lillie Pad Gallery is having a grand opening this Saturday, October 27, all day and into the night. There will be food and drink (of course!) as well as artist demonstrations, hands-on activities, and a raffle for artwork.

Action shot of an artist at work.

If you are out and about Anne Arundel County on Saturday, make a point to drop by. Lillie Pad Gallery has art at a wide variety of price points, so you may even find a piece for yourself or for Holiday giving.

To make this even more exciting, work from my very own Angel’s Share Studio will be on display!

Angel’s Share Studio fused glass jewelry.

I’ll be offering my kiln-fired glass through the Gallery. For those of you that have been asking where to find my pieces, here’s a great (and convenient) venue. I’m showing my one-of-kind fused glass jewelry at this time, with prices that are friendly for collectors (meaning, you can indulge yourself when it is hard to decide on just one).

So please visit Lillie Pad Studio and Gallery.  Support local business.  Support local artists.  And have a great weekend!

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