2015-04-19 12.17.47Approximately 20 days left. Already this brings a heaviness to my heart. My time away brings the awareness forward…  While in the end I was in love with Taos, New Mexico I was happy to move on, break up. Iceland feels profound, like coming home. Like my first time visiting Taos. And while I enjoy Reykjavik, the country is where I long to be.UdvUYVCR8OSxT4ywibLvQjFnEbra5sjI4UUUS1guYSc,Qurmq-3pHIpOgvmWpFmv9n4oEAS0SvpsK7XH-XCXM1Y

That said, yesterday I returned to Gullkistan after a wonderful visit with Sigrún Ólöf Einarsdóttir and her gorgeous house and studio on the beach in Kjalarnes. Sigrún spoiled me with her incredible hospitality and generosity. I met her sister and collaborative partner, Ólla. It was great discussing glass with Sigrún as well as various materials, methods, the art world, her travels to India.


looking out towards Reykjavik



favourite book

THIS is a tricky topic. I have read many books that I could call a favourite. And, I am certain there are many I have yet to read or may never read, that would be considered favourites. One thing is for certain, I love to read.

While some of my friends read a book or two a week!! I read in clumps. Generally once year, I just suddenly find myself reading in mass. An annual book binge. While it felt like book binge time was coming on a month ago, it was merely a false reading. Hahaaaerrrr. ;) Perhaps it has to do (this current non-reading) with my learning a new language and focussing on that? However, I have been kind of skimming Alexandra Horowitz’s, On Looking; a walker’s guide to the art of observation. Cant say yet whether it is a fav, but will keep you posted. :)

That said, I really enjoyed Radix and have been thoroughly surprised this book hasn’t been film optioned. Radix is about transformation. A bit metaphysical.. anti-hero turned hero. Read it in the 80’s, with Vangelis’ Spiral playing on repeat. Revisited it in the mid 90’s and believe I am due a re-read again! IF you are into the Sci Fi genre, please check it out.

Meanwhile, please check out my colleagues and was their favourite read(s) are!


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Trip to Laugarvatn

Vatn means water.

I split taxi faire with two artists also heading to Gullkistan. Turns out Gull means: gold. Kistan means chest. Chest of gold (think pirate treasure) is where I am staying and that is the name of one of the mountains near-by.

Day 2 (Gullkistan): Everyone went to bed early last night. it was nice to be alone in the studio space… though I ended up crashing fairly early as well.

I kept waking up every hour to look outside and up into the sky as there have been aurora alerts but, cloud cover. This morning I woke up thanks to a birdy out my window singing a lovely tune :) sadly I didn’t manage to capture his singing but I looked out and watched these funny birds
kind of creeping about, looking for worms maybe? They are shaped similar to ravens but their undersides are white and they have long, narrow, pointy, super orange beaks. :)
So, I got up and made coffee, and had some AB mjolk with some nuts. AB mjolk isn’t yogurt and isn’t kefir but somewhere in between- it is really nice! Comes plain or flavoured. I have strawberry and mixed fruit. :)
After the coffee was ready I brought it all back into my bedroom, which is off the kitchen and called the “Ommu herbergi room. Ha! I got the grandma room ;) the room use to belong to this Grandma a long time ago, I suppose she ran the farm??  then I ran out to the studio to check on my clay forms- the clay is acting weird. Either it is always this way or perhaps was frozen and thawed too many times?  Or maybe it seems so different because it is heavily grogged? Not certain. It doesn’t release easily from my mould or dry quickly on the balloons. Positive and negatives…. I need to bus it back into Reykjavik to hit up Glit for tongs, bricks and possible slip.
It is raining out this morning, my windows look like rivers… I am unable to upload photos for some reason, hopefully later. I apologize for the non-image related post.
I might hang out in the main house today and crochet diatoms. Off in the distance sits Hekla; the door to hell.


2 words:
Licorice cappuccinos IMG_0903
on my way back to Sím this morning- I ventured out early to send postcards, grab a capp and check out yarn and fish skins (the fish skins are amazing, I will be purchasing some soon).IMG_0900-0
Anyways, I’m heading down the hill and look to my right and – swoon.
Giant snow covered mountains rise up out of the ocean … no pictures, somethings are best left to the imagination, yes?
This morning around 4:30/5 the most beautiful bird song filled my room. It woke me up and I thought maybe I might be in a dream so, I didn’t get up to record the song. Later while walking along Skólavörðustígur I heard it again! Happy to know it wasn’t a dream and the possibility of recording this beautiful bird song. 
Moss grows on everything.  


Good morning, evening, afternoon!

This will be the last post written in Canada! Woo Hoo! I am on my way to Laugarvatn (LOYgarVOTn) tonight at 9pm EST. Still packing up final items, saying goodbye to various people and grabbing this and that from the nano-studio!

Next update from Reykjavík! So, I will leave you with an all time classic sung & played by the originators, also one of my FAVS! Bless!!

Raku ofn finally fired up!

Finally fired up the prototype Oven (Icelandic: Ofn) firedupand everything was going smoothly… around 800f the kiln shelf cracked. Thankfully I had set it on a tripod configuration so everything remained stable. The pyrometer seemed to have difficulties at certain temps or staying on. Not sure what was up there- need to check the booklet that came with it. I would occasionally get an OL reading and turn it off then back on – it would start up again. It took approximately 1 hr to reach 1523f  a bit longer than I like, but the speed is also what caused the shelf to crack! That said, I let everything burn at 1523 for a good 20+ minutes, glowing orange-white I decided the time had arrived. 

Turned off the propane tank, removed bricks, etc., etc. then gently placed the bulbs and forms into the garbage can seen in the video. threw more shredded paper on top and put the lid on. Other items went into a stinky Obvarra mix I had fermenting for several days. PeeYooza! It stunk like cat barf (and I know what that smells like all too well) then when the roasting ceramic hit the mixture it let off a fume like, WHOA. Nasty death ocean fish from the darkest slime pit. Awful. Anyways, I carefully pulled out the Obvarra’d items and put one into the garbage can and threw shredded wood on top- lid closed. Wait.

Now I smell like a campfire! Time to shower- again and head into town! I have classes to teach! :)

Thank for stopping by….

Kickstarter thank YOUs, Iceland & more

55 backers pledged $5,695 to help bring this project to life! That said, I didn’t receive the full amount shown. Kickstarter takes a percentage plus, the credit card companies take a percentage, then there were banking issues.. you name it, obtaining this funding hasn’t been easy but it is no less appreciated! Massive gratitude for taking this campaign over the goal amount!

Thank you xoxoxoxox!!

Go∂ar: Charles Teran!! Charlie!!!!! My cousin! Super generous. :) Thank YOU SO much for your support and believing in this adventure.
Valkyries:  Melissa Cable!!!
Elves: Kris Bovenizer!!! Brigitte Martin!!
Jötnars aka GIANTS!: Heather Thorkelson!! Jodi Tanenbaum!! Beth Cyr!! Laura Hale!! Lauren Falkenberry!! Clare Stoker!! Wendy McLean! Eric Brink!
Rán aka Sea Goddesses!: Debbie Ritchie!! Aaron Bickle!! Nick (my neighbor!) Isaac kay & Riko O!! Russell Moore! Beverly Terán! Sarah Gravel!
Huginn & Muninn: Sarah Breivis! Caitlyn Davey! Eric Brink! Catherine Winter! Isaac, Mike Betts! Aldo Pacheco! Patricia Davidson (aka PattiCakes!!) Nia Phillips! Julia Creet! Jeanne O’Connell! Johnny M! Ronald P!
The Norns: Allegra Sleep! Ceeb Wassermann! Laura Bracken! David White! Sylvia Schmidt! Tara Brennigan!

And the friends that helped support for no reward!
  • Zoe Zimmerman
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  • Nancy Nelson
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Thank you to all the friends and colleagues that shared the campaign link through social media! Thank you to the ICCT for sharing the campaign link! Thank you to the Glass Art Association of Canada for sharing the campaign link on their website and in their Newsletter! Thank you to Urban Glass for allowing me some time in your amazing studios! Thank you MoMa staff for the Visitor Pass to Bjork’s exhibit and thank you for bringing me to the head of the line! Thank you, Pnut [not sure you’ll read this ;)] for always having your paw on my heart.
Thank you, Andrei for putting up with the tears, fears, anxiety, late nights and early mornings, and hugs!
Towards the end of January my mother suffered several heart attacks, was hospitalized for open heart surgery -which thankfully transformed into stint surgery- then, she suffered kidney failure due to medication(s) her doctor prescribed! She is now having to undergo hemodialysis 3 times a week (in 3 hr increments) in hopes of cleaning out all toxins from her blood dialysis :(  I have offered up a kidney, if need be (I am O+). She sounds worn out (expected!) and not like herself – the self I’ve known for all these years. She lives in Northern California, I live in Toronto, Canada. :(  I won’t lie, I am anxiety ridden and have been unable to sleep through the night! Up at 4:30/5am for weeks now. I teach at night! Ha. Please send my mama loving, healing energy! She was doing so well and then this and now it is like she is falling apart, becoming thread bare.

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