I recently created a small series of glass and copper work, including this piece, titled "Joy." If you receive my email newsletter, you saw a photo of another piece in the series titled, "Square Pegs in Round Holes." (To sign up to receive my newsletter, click here.) I've been working with copper wire inclusions in glass for years and decided that I wanted to take a class in copper sculpture so I looked around and found a really cool place called the Carving Studio, located in a historic marble quarry in Vermont. I decided to fiddle around a bit with copper in anticipation of the class in April. The three pieces in this series are wall sculptures and they feature glass that has been "kiln carved" which is another technique I've been exploring lately- more on that in a future post. What I was playing with, in this piece in particular, was the texture and dimension of both the metal and glass and how they rose and fell and spiraled. I was happy with the way all three of the pieces in the series turned out but when I look at this one, it makes me smile and that's why I decided to call it "Joy." In life we're always seeking balance; I h ope there are some things today that make you smile and bring you joy.