There he is…DRAGLIONI! He is a 23″ long x 8″ wide x 2″ deep, decorative fused glass plate. Draglioni was a labor of love, and in the end he represents so much about my life at this stage.
He started with an idea…a plan…a drawing.
Then an array of beautiful colored “Bullseye” glass was purchased (this time with the knowledge that “stryker” glass changes colors 😉 )
Next came the cutting…and cutting…and fitting…and grinding!
Once all the pieces were made to fit the next step was a fuse firing in the kiln. The fuse firing does exactly what it sounds like…it fuses all of the different pieces of glass into one.
And then the piece is put on a mold and fired again…a “slump” fire. It is so cool that the “flat” piece “falls” into the mold…and doesn’t change the design!
Next, for kicks you enter it into a “Glass as Art Competition,” not because you think he will win, but rather because Draglioni took about 60 hours to complete and he was made with love…so you enter him in the competition so people can see him, and feel his love!
And to your absolute surprise and delight, Draglioni wins 3rd place in his category!
It was so nice to hear his name called at the artist’s reception. But the best part of Draglioni was CREATING HIM! Oh, and the bag of goodies for winning was nice too 🙂
I waited a long time to post about DRAGLIONI. I thought that this was the start of something really special…a beautiful art form that I loved and the ability to create with a very dear friend.
But this is LIFE…and sometimes life has a mind of its own. The ten year friendship came to an abrupt halt with no signs of being able to be repaired. Along with the friendship, my ability to create in her studio has also ceased.
It has been a time of great mourning. All I can do is rejoice for the time we had together and be thankful for the experiences that were wonderful. I don’t profess to understand WHY things happen, but I know they happen for a reason.
While I don’t know if I will ever work with glass in the distant future, I know it is not a part of my life now. I am BLESSITUDE…”so blessed and full of gratitude” for this part of my life. And DRAGLIONI will ALWAYS have a place in my heart…as will my friend.
Thank you so much my friends for being such a wonderful source of love and support. Your words and thoughts mean more than you will know.
Wish you all a beautiful Sunday filled with love! ❤