Thursday, May 28, 2009


I've been busy these last couple of days figuring out an economical ventilation system for my lampworking station and ended up having to move my glass studio around.....again. Change is good and I think I can make this work to my advantage -- I will be posting photos once everything's in its proper place and cleaned up.

In the meantime here's one of the paintings from my abstract acrylic painting workshop I took from Robert Burridge at the Mendocino Art Center. This guy is my absolute favorite and the best instructor ever. Talk about someone who lives their dreams...I want his life! The painting is called "Beginnings" and is painting on 300-lb. paper with acrylics. It's 11.5" x 7.5"

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Welcome to my blog!

Thank you for taking a look at my new blog. I'm Judy Jacobs (aka "JJ") and I'm new to the blogging world. I live in Sacramento, CA; work in the real estate development field for my day job and am an artist at every spare moment I'm not working. I focus mainly on fused glass; lampworked beads; jewelry; paintings; collage; mixed media works and whatever else strikes my fancy at the time being. I currently show my work at Arareity and Doiron Galleries in Sacramento.

Arareity is my absolute favorite jewlery store in the world! Carole carries the most original works and is a master designer. She can also turn your old jewelry into fresh, new and one-of-a-kind original masterpieces--at a very affordable price.

Doiron Gallery carries the work of over 70 different artists and I'm fortunate to be able to show my glasswork with this group of talented people. Joyce and Nick Doiron are passionate about their gallery and their artists and they carry a vast variety of works from some top painters, jewelers, sculptors and glass artists. Eye candy for everyone!

Here is one of the glass wall panels I just installed at Arareity Gallery for the "Garden Party" show that began this month. It's called "Funky Town Gardens." The background is brushed aluminum and the pieces are fused glass that have been fired and annealed at 1395 degrees in my kiln.

Here is another piece from the show -- it's a 2-piece (diptych) frit painting which is basically glass that has been broken down into various stages including powder and small tiny pieces. These pieces are created by using a tiny little spoon that helps move the frit around to "paint" the background, foreground, and many layers in between. It's not unusual to fire one of these paintings 10 times and more. I enjoy the process though -- you never know what the piece is going to look like until it's gone through the firing stage.

Links of interest:

Arareity Gallery
1021 R Street
Sacramento, CA 95814