Seattle

Making Art

I’m going to say this badly (which I know, because I’ve already attempted this first paragraph about eight times), but one of the things that I love about Seattle is the attention to art.  To creativity.  To beauty.  To little details, seemingly everywhere.  At least, everywhere I went. 

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And I know it’s like that in lots of places, lots of cities – even nearby in Providence, home of Rhode Island School of Design.  I’m not saying Seattle has MORE, I’m just saying…I really, really notice it there.

The architecture is gorgeous, and even the apartment buildings are pretty, painted in friendly, soothing, approachable colors.

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I would love to work or live here, just because of the color.  And my picture (below) doesn’t do it justice – the building is done in shades of sage, which don’t really show up well in the picture, but I drove by this place several times and finally took a picture on the last day because I wasn’t going to see it again.

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There are statues and sculptures and little details everywhere.  Like these, on a sidewalk near the Mukilteo Lighthouse –

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I should have taken more pictures.  Next time.

But anyway, on the day when Bill and Alex went fishing, Nina and I took Julia off to have a fun “Girl’s Day.”  We didn’t have anything specific in mind, other than, maybe, to find a pair of earrings for Julia that would remind her of Seattle (which never ended up happening).  We figured just basic shopping would be a good way to start this morning, so we headed north to Mukilteo because Nina remembered some cute little shops she’d been to before.  And we could see the lighthouse.  And we wouldn’t be that far from the marina, so whenever Bill called, we’d be able to pick them up relatively quickly.

So off we went.

And guess what.  Those shops?  Not there any more.  Ah well.  That happens.  Undaunted, we headed down, closer to the water, so see what we could see.

And we saw a couple of signs that simply said “Art.”

Here’s one, though not one of the ones we saw originally:

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Nina (if I remember correctly) said she thought she’d been there before, or had heard of it, so we followed the signs and came upon a large, brown building surrounded by parking for a nearby hotel, a restaurant, and the ferry, and a little lot for itself.

ART was on the second floor, so we trekked up the wooden staircase to see what sort of ART they had.

It turned out to be several different studio/shop combos.  Perfect.  Some were open, some were not. 

The first shop we arrived at was a place called Curious Glass.  The sign on the door said something like “Make Art – $10.00 – Today.”

Well that sounded promising, so we went in.

Rebecca Pool, artist and owner of Curious Glass, was just setting up for the day (the stores mostly open at noon, and we were there almost an hour earlier than that), but she welcomed us in and invited us to look around.  She makes sculptures.  Big ones, little ones.  Chess sets.  Abstracts.  Cool stuff.

We asked about the “make art for ten dollars” sign, and she told us it was for kids, mainly, who could make a piece of art out of scraps of glass.  Rebecca would fire the creation in her kiln and it would be ready within a day or two.  If we weren’t going to be able to pick it up, she could ship it to us.  Perfect.

So I handed over two fives, and Rebecca handed Julia some safety goggles and told her (and me) what to do.

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First, Julia selected a piece of clear glass (you can see some of them in the picture above), and then she made selections from the tub of scraps and shards of different colored glass tiles and rods. 

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She placed the clear glass piece down first, as the base, and then arranged the colored pieces on top.

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Once she was satisfied with her arrangement, it was time to apply a tiny bit of glue to the back of each piece, just to hold them in place before the firing.

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And then, the piece was ready to be fired:

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I left my phone number, so Rebecca could call me when the piece was ready, and we headed down to the beach to walk around while we awaited the return of our fishermen.

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(Some of the other studios still weren’t open, and we inadvertently crashed one – the Artworkshop – where a kids’ class was in session.  A summer art camp.  The kids had just been down at the beach, scavenging for starfish and shells, and now they were drawing them.  Wonderful.)

That night Rebecca left a message on my cell phone – the piece was ready and she would leave it out for us in case we stopped by early in the morning, a hiding spot she’d shown us earlier.

So the next day, after we visited the aquarium and poked around here and there, we headed over to the Art Building again to pick up Julia’s art.

I also was hoping to visit another shop/studio – Trade Beads ‘n’ More – as well, and since it was well after noon, odds were it would be open.  And it was.  I picked up a few things there while Alex and Julia made friends with the owner’s little dog.

But back to Julia’s art.

The package was where Rebecca’d said it would be, and since we were heading back home (well, Seattle home) next, we figured we’d open the package there…perhaps with a wine and cheese reception.  After all – it’s ART! 

So we got back to the house, and Julia changed into a dress for the occasion.  And then came the unveiling.

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With a bit of help from Daddy with the tape.

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Here’s a better view:

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“Abstract in Glass”

                      by Julia.

One thought on “Making Art

  1. This is a nice post and you did very well on the first paragraph. I am going to visit the northwest very soon and I will pay close attention to the art that is around me. I will tell you what I think of it when I get back.

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