Releasing the Inner Artist

When I am in Vilnius, I occasionally spend a couple of hours learning how to make glass jewelry from a local glass artist.  An American acquaintance who is one of her students suggested I give it a try. There isn’t a formal class; I just arrange come to her studio and work, getting instructions as necessary to make pendants and earrings from glass.

I was never interested in jewelry-making because it requires fine motor skills and detailed-handwork.  But I’ve found that engaging in a tangible, creative activity is a good balance for the academic, mental work with which I am usually occupied.  And I’m quite proud of my first creations.  I finished the two pendants in October and wear them often.  I just finished the earrings last week.  Wiring earrings is really difficult.  These aren’t the most polished pieces, but I made them and I think they came out pretty well for a first attempt.

Left: black glass with silver shavings; Right: purple glass with silver threads

Top: blue glass with dried clover; left: clear glass with dried flowers; right: clear glass with picture of clouds


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Creating academic and public environments for the humanities to flourish Researching Soviet and Eastern European history Engaging people and ideas as a writer and interviewer Traveling as much as possible View all posts by amanda

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