DRAGLIONI

“DRAGLIONI”

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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.

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Then an array of beautiful colored “Bullseye” glass was purchased (this time with the knowledge that “stryker” glass changes colors 😉 )

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Next came the cutting…and cutting…and fitting…and grinding!

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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.

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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!

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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 🙂

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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! ❤

Blessitude

Lorrie ❤

6/26/16

 

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My healing journey on the continuum of "It's all wrong" to "It's all right!" I love art and the creative process, reading, writing, and playing tennis.

73 thoughts on “DRAGLIONI

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  2. Draglioni is a wonderful piece of art, Lorrie! It is vibrant and expressive – all love ❤ I hope you can continue with this art form in some fashion at the right time. Healing hugs ~ Helen

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  3. Absolutely wonderful Lorrie. Thank you so much for sharing this and for telling me you posted it. I’m so glad you did. You must feel a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. I know I would. Hahaha. And a huge congratulations for winning third prize. Did you ever think that would happen?
    Lorrie, I am so sorry to read about the loss of a friendship in your life. I know it’s been a long, hard struggle to go through. I hope that your heart is healing, and that the worst is over.
    Please don’t give up on creating though. Even though you may no longer have the use of her studio, there are many ways to create at home (I know you know this. Just want to encourage you to continue feeding your creative spirit 😉 ).
    Blessings and hugs, my friend.
    🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you, dear Staci!! I know we talked about this project…and it took me a while to post it…mainly because my heart was so hurt 😦 But I am happy that I did…and happy that you got to see him!!! It was a beautiful process…and maybe one day I will explore glass again. Thanks for the encouragement…I am busy creating a few different projects 🙂 I HAVE to make things…I don’t think the medium is that important…at least most of my life it didn’t seem to be…and thanks…because you reminded me of this fact 🙂 I just have to CREATE!!! Much love to you dear friend. I hope your project is going really well ♡♡♡

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      1. Oh Lorrie, please forgive me for taking so long to respond to your lovely comment. My life has been very busy lately, and WordPress has taken a back seat.
        Yes, I’m so glad I did get to see this project, and I’m so sorry that you were so hurt. Maybe one day we’ll be able to see some more beautiful creations of yours? …. Hmm?…. 🙂
        I hear you @I HAVE to make things. I think we all have a need to create.
        Much love to you too Lorrie, and please have a lovely weekend.
        🙂 ❤
        p.s. oh yes, my project is coming along. Slowly, but surely. Hehehe.

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        1. Never worry about time…I know you are there!! 😉 Thank you for your kind compassionate words. And you will for sure see more creations from me…I could no sooner stop creating than stop breathing on purpose! Much love my friend ♡♡♡

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  4. Lorrie I know how much this meant to you, Also your friendship which broke your heart.
    It is sad that this all broke apart, just as you started to develop your skills in your new found love of creativity.
    However the Dragon is very symbolic and
    The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it. And you are most worthy dear Lorrie.
    And the Fire Dragon of your creation which by the way is a wonderful Piece of Art, also means
    “The Fire Dragon is a symbol of transmutation, energy and mastery, if this is your power animal you will be lent enthusiasm, courage and vitality. Your inner fire will be fuelled. You will be helped to overcome obstacles. You will be given the qualities of leadership and mastery. The fire dragon can also be a strong protector. ”

    I got that quote from the shamanicjourney.com

    You are upon a wonderful transformational journey, yet despite the pain caused you are still willing to love your friend and know that somewhere within its lessons that you have grown even further to lift yourself higher from the vibrations that hold us down.

    Thank you for sharing both your dragon art and your story Lorrie, I know the wound is still deep, but the Dragon is by your side guiding you.
    Love and Blessings
    Always.. Sue ❤

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    1. Oh…Sue!!! It is amazing what you shared here! First…for the past year I was compelled to make a “dragon.” I had many means by which to create one…but nothing felt “right” until I decided to make him out of glass. Now the transformation you speak of…if I am honest with myself I know there were cracks in the relationship…just ones I did not want to notice…to see. I am amazed how many times I can ignore what my heart tries to tell me! This art piece is SO symbolic…in SO many ways!! I feel he “created” himself…I was just used for the labor!! And I KNEW he was important! And after the fact…I have even thought of him as the facilitator of events that are leading me on to even larger understandings. It is funny I never looked up the meaning…maybe I knew someone (you!) would send it to me 🙂 🙂
      It is a very sad loss…but I have learned SO SO MUCH!!! Thank you for your beautiful energy and your wise counsel and your sweet compassion!! Much love my friend ♡♡♡

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      1. You are so welcome Lorrie.. And you know Dragons are not mearly symbols, And He, your Dragon is with you guiding you .. Look at him often when you need a question answering.. And I am sure the answers will soon come forth.. 🙂 Big smiles, and thank you for feeding this back to me dear friend xxx

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