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Perfecting my craft

The topic for Flaming Hot! today is: How do you perfect your craft? Quite simply my answer is practice, practice, practice. Then I have to let it sit and stew for awhile, then I practice, practice, practice some more. It takes me a very long time to process new techniques. I can watch someone do something, then it will sit in my brain, stewing, processing, and working itself out for a good six months before I ever get the will to try it. It’s not that I don’t want to try it, it’s just that my brain has not worked out how best to go about it. I need to wait for the ah ha! moment. Then I have to practice, practice, and practice some more. I think it is safe to say I have never been fast at catching on to new things in glass. Once I get it, I get it, but catching on takes me forever.

It was the same way when I was heavy into sports. I was uncoordinated and clutzy at best. It’s a good thing I am 6 feet tall or else I fear I would not have made my volleyball and basketball teams. Turns out I was pretty good at both, eventually. I am still uncoordinated and clutzy, but can you imagine how bad it would have been if I had not participated in sports?

So back to lampworking. Only once have I ever had an idea that I wanted to try, that I had not done before that turned out really spectacular the first time around. It was from a picture of a dragon on book Eldest. I stared at that picture for a good two weeks, dying to make a bead. For those two weeks the details ran around my head, until finally I just had to make that bead. The next day when I got it out of the kiln is a day I will never forget.

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Janine Shea

That is an AWESOME bead! I work the same way – it takes time to acquire something, but once it is there, it is there.


I enjoyed reading about your process of learning. I thought I was the only one that was a slow learner! I just could relate to your words today so well. As artists, there is always that moment when it is time to stretch and grow. It is scary, but the fruits are worth the labor! Good job, Deanna!


Oh…I love that Dragon!!! I am keeping my eye out for a new one to join my pair so then I will have a perfect trio of D Dragon’s in my collection. hehe!!

Susan Sheehan

I feel so much better about my approach. I too take forever to grasp something. But wow Deanna, when you do, you do it well!


Thank you ladies. :-)