Y2 Art Resolutions: #22 Tulips

Y2 Art Resolutions is the second year of an evolving resolution to elevate every day by looking at art and creativity as a life’s philosophy.

The first official order for Mt. Muchmore Studio Eco-Art was received about 2 weeks ago. 4 decanters. Two had lilac designs, one had Queen Anne’s Lace and chicory, and this one–tulips. Wasn’t sure how I would translate tulips to this medium, but was surprised by the end product. Reminds me a bit of Merrimekko. At any rate, they are on their way to California.

I have learned that the decanters I have already made are being used for olive oil, salad vinegar, liquor and wine. Perfect. This winter, I will begin casting ceramic bottle stoppers in the Muchmore style. Besides finding a new life for beautiful discarded bottles, the whimsy of the projects and the design challenges are flow makers. Love, love, love working out the challenges. When you have specific limitations in material shapes, textures, sizes, and color, getting to the final product that delights you takes creativity and a certain tenacity. On glass, brushes perform differently. The paint viscosity requires another set of decisions, or at least, considerations. And what about color properties when a translucent paint is applied to a colored surface? All manner of logistics and creative gymnastics come into play.

Although the sole purpose of my work is not the eco-focus, I do love it when an idea comes to fruition and is multi-dimensional in meaning.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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