I’ve Got A Gold Record On The Wall!

One never knows what awaits just around the corner. Or for how long it has waited. In 1990, I was contacted by Def Jam Records to do the cover of Public Enemy's upcoming release: Fear Of A Black Planet. This was pretty cool. It isn't the first cover I've done, by a long shot, but it is the first for a major recording publisher. A significant difference in some ways. Lots of similarities in others.

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Big Corporate Licensing vs. Cottage Industry

Police Box Fridge

Recently a big hoohah has come about over the Jayne hats from the Firefly series, aired so many years ago, for a single season before it was cancelled. Fox owns the rights to Firefly and they chose to pretty much ignore anything to do with it for more than a decade. Meanwhile, loving fans were making hats in a certain style similar to one that a character wore. Now this wasn't a newly designed hat, made specifically for the show. It was an old, old style knitted cap with ear flaps that people have been wearing for centuries.

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Making a Police Box Refrigerator

Police Box Fridge

I've turned my refrigerator into a Police Public Call Box. The doors look like the Police Box, the cap has the sign and a working light beacon, the ice/water dispenser is hiding behind the little phone door and it even makes a "whooshy" sound when the doors open!

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Kickstarter Project a Success!

Blown glass ornaments for the whole solar system

This past spring, in order to help us pay the ticket to the National Space Symposium, we ran a Kickstarter campaign.

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Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity

sky-crane-800

Recently, I was commissioned by a lady to create a canvas painting that depicted a moment for the Mars Science Laboratory Rover, Curiosity, when it was being dropped off on Mars by the newly developed Sky Crane deployment craft. The landing is to happen this evening.

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Making Saturn

Dobby gives Saturn the Sniff Test

Loving astronomy, and becoming a glassblower, it was only a matter of time before we would try re-creating the planets and Sun in blown glass. It is an interesting challenge to figure out the right mix of colors, the density of the colors and how big or small the chips of color (frit) need to be so that they will mix and swirl together and look like whichever planet's atmosphere.

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