Monday, November 2, 2009

Lexi's Dream

Lexi's Dream

Recently I hit "The Wall", you know, that period of creative block. My friend and mentor, Lexi Erickson, helped me to work through this block. One of the things that Lexi told me was that I needed to let go of some things in order to grow in other areas of my work. She felt one of the things I may need to let go of was some of my work as it relates to glass.

Now I truly love working with glass. Yet I knew deep down she was right and I have let go of some of my glass work. However, I feel that I will continue to create my fused glass bowls and the occasional stained glass window.

Here's the funny part....several nights after our discussion about needing to let go so I could grow in other areas of my work, Lexi had a dream. In this dream, I handed her a bowl I had made. She said it was glowing. And she said this bowl needed to be comprised of transparent glass instead of the mixture of transparent and opalescent glasses that I normally use. She was concerned that I would be upset about this dream after she had told me I needed to let go of some of my glass work. Quite the contrary, it just made me smile.

She described how the bowl looked to her in her dream. She said I needed to make this bowl. And I have. It's pictured above and I'm calling it Lexi's Dream. Now we shall see how closely it actually resembles the one she envisioned in her dream. I will be giving this to her later this week and I'll give you an update on her thoughts about it.

As a result of this work, I had an alternative idea for another bowl of transparents in the same color family as this bowl. It's currently in the kiln for its final firing and I will be posting a picture of it sometime this week.

Isn't interesting how ideas and life co-mingle at times, creating such fun twists and turns in our growth?

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.


Sheila said...

ooooo I love getting messages in dreams but love friends who actually listen and understand dreams when I tell them about it. Lucky Lexi!

-Don said...

This is beautiful, Kathleen. And, Dan's shot of it really shows it off wonderfully.

In reading your earlier blogs regarding your time of creative block I grew really concerned that you would be leaving your glass work behind as you moved forward with your jewelry work. Having seen so many of your glass pieces and seeing the joy and love that glowed from them I did not want to see that happen. Imagine my delight when I saw this beauty on Facebook today. I immediately headed over here to check it out.

I want to thank Lexi for her dream, and I look forward to hearing her thoughts on your interpretation of it.


Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hi Sheila!

You comment really makes me smile. Thanks!

Hey Don ~

Thanks for your very kind words and I have passed your thoughts along to Dan too.

No worries, I don't think I could ever really give up making things with glass. Right now, I'm letting go of the wire wrapped glass jewelry. The fused bowls and plates are something I plan to continue doing....too much fun not to!

I'll be sure and let Lexi know too.

Thanks so much. :)

SCJ Jewelry Design said...

This is beautiful and a wonderful story behind it for inspiration. I'm also glad to see that you're not giving up on your fused glass talent. I love your glass work!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Thanks Sandy! Yes, working with glass is definitely in my blood. I can't leave all of that behind. :)

hwfarber said...

Beautiful piece.

I wonder what it would mean if your bowl matches Lexi's dream exactly--thought-trasfer, e.s.p., etc. I love when dreams are part of creating.

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Thank you H W! Yes, that would be interesting to see how closely the piece matches Lexi's dream. We are very much in synch at times.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Interesting post, Kathleen. I'm looking forward to hearing about Lexi's response to your beautiful bowl. I've found that sometimes I come up with creative solutions in my dreams, especially if the issue has been floundering for a while. Guess that's what they mean by "sleep on it".

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hi Janelle! I like your take on it and it probably is where the term "sleep on it" came from... I'll update with Lexi's reaction by the end of this week.

Karen said...

A magical coincidence, and a magical result. let us know how much she loves it.
I too don't ever want to see you totally leave these behind.

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hi Karen!

Thanks! I love that you picked up on the 'magic' of this, but then that makes sense given your artistic intuition and talents. Just posted Lexi's reaction today! Thank you again.

Sharmon Davidson said...

This is gorgeous, Kathleen. I really do like these transparent pieces, and hope to see you do more of these! I guess that's my personal bias showing, though; I love transparency- it lets the light shine in and become part of the piece. Lovely.

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Thanks so much Sharmon! Yes, there will be more transparent works to come too. :D