Once in a life time I think someone is greatful enough to find their passion in life. As a child, I tried acting, music and writing. But it wasn't until I was twenty-four, that I found my passion for life. Living in a part of the Cape and Island of Massachusets, it's easy to be coverd by sea glass.
I was part of a program that went to the dump to collect wine bottles that were considerd as "trash". What my friends and I would do, was collect three to four boxes and put wine bottles in them. My friends and I would use a grinder to sharpen and smooth the edges. We'd use a saw blade to cut the bottles in half in order to make hurricane lamps and candle holders.
We called the company, Green Lanterns.
I worked in a town called Cummaquid, just half an hour off or so off Cape. I worked in a room that was an extention to a friend of mine's gallery. Her name is Caryn and her gallery is the Samuel-Day Gallery. Right outside of the gallery was also a chicken coop. The rooster loved attacking my feet. The chickens were great company, though. Caryn is an extraurdinary woman. She makes jewelery. Caryn, who has been featured in magazins before, knew who to contact.
The summer that I went from Twenty-five to Twenty-six, was when my company and myself spent the whole summer getting publicity. NPR Cape Cod Radio, Cape Cod Times, and numerous local artist magazines were eager to know our names.
I became a local Cape Cod Celebrity; which is nice and I was so small of a Celebrity that, dispite all the newspaper articles, I rarely got noticed. Actually I take that back, I never got noticed.
I have had jobs at GoodWill, a Retirement Home and the Library, just to name a few; but when it came to my two years in the glass shop, it was the best experience of my life thus far.
Unfortunately, in July of 2011, my heart was broken. The company was coming to an end and I saw it dying way before my boss ever did. I quit July 10th, 2011.
People slowly stopped buying our products, partially because my boss was having to sacrifise his own time and money. A lot more went on that I am still to this day fuzzy on. Basically, my boss reached a point where he didn't believe in the project anymore, which is unfortunate.
I fell in love with a new craft. I found that working with my hands has been satisfactory. Memorable jobs come once in a life time. For others, not at all. But if something comes along that you truly believe in, from your gutt, I hope you hold onto it and cherrish it the best you can. I hope to create more beautiful art in the future but if I don't, I am so honoured to be a part of something that was beautiful for the invironment.
The picture I have enclosed is a group of Lanterns, coasters earrings and necklaces that I created.