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Lynn Golden

Materials:           Bullseye COE 90 glass

                        Glassline paints

                        Copper foil sheet

                        Gold luster

                        Rubber stamps

 

Process:

 

  1. Used Glassline paints and various rubber stamps to create “print” patterns on assorted Bullseye glasses.  Fired to 1300F to set paint.
  2. Cut leaf shape from copper foil and embossed vein design.  Fused between two pieces of Bullseye thin clear (I did this in my tabletop kiln and fired to approximately 1500-1600F.)
  3. Cut quilt squares and strips from stamped glass.  Cut base from Bullseye clear iridescent.  Laid out as follows:  Irid face down, stamped pieces face up, with a top layer of Bullseye clear Tekta.  Fired to 1460F – full fuse.
  4. Ground edges as needed to restore square shape.
  5. Cut fused glass & foil leaf to shape using Taurus 3 saw.  Cut cherries, leaves and trillium.  Cut 2 short pieces of stringer for cherry stems.  Made a small amount of yellow opal frit for trillium center.  Cut peninsula shape and island using T3 saw.
  6. Laid out “appliqué” design pieces on the fused base.  Applied gold luster “heart”.
  7. Fired to contour fuse 1425F.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

“I Left My Heart In Sister Bay”

 

Although I have lived in California more than twice as long as I lived in my home state, I still tend to reply “Wisconsin” when people ask where I’m from.  One of my favorite places is Door County, Wisconsin…the thumb-shaped peninsula that separates Lake Michigan from Green Bay (the bay, not the town, not the team!)  It seems to meet all the requirements for the theme of this collaboration:  earth, air, water and fire.

 

In spite of Door County’s underlying Niagara Escarpment, the soil over this strong rock base has been producing abundantly even before the area was settled. Beautiful forests, beaches and wetlands are still an important part of Door County’s ecology.  Man planted crops and orchards, making the area a center for dairy and fruit production, especially cherries.   “The Door” is still popular with tourists and artists for its great natural beauty, including glorious fall colors and native plants including the 3-petalled trillium.

 

Surrounded by Green Bay on the west and Lake Michigan on the east, Door County enjoys clean air and incredible sunsets.   When I first started coming here as a teenager, one of the local stores (which just celebrated its 100th anniversary) used to sell cans of “Door County Air”, so you could take it home and open it up when you needed a breath of the best.

 

The area was settled by Scandinavian fishermen, and fishing and boat-building are still major industries.  Whitefish, perch and walleye are enjoyed everywhere.  There is an ongoing effort to keep local waters clean of both pollution and non-native invaders such as zebra mussels.  Peaceful harbors and beaches contrast with wild waters, providing incredible drama as the waves crash against the rocky cliffs.  The passage between the Door Peninsula and Washington Island at its tip was named “Port du Mort” or “Death’s Door”  (hence the county name) by the early French voyageurs.  Many ships have gone down in these waters over the years.

 

A local custom called a “fish boil” ties in the last element:  fire.  Originating with the returning fishermen, a huge cauldron of water is brought to a boil over an open fire.  Potatoes and onions (local products) and salt are added and cooked until almost done.  Then chunks of the day’s whitefish catch are tossed in.  The boilmaster pours a little kerosene on the fire, which responds with a rush of flames leaping skyward.  This sudden increase in heat causes the pot to boil over, extinguishing the flames and carrying the fish oils over the side of the pot, leaving the perfectly cooked meal to be enjoyed.  Of course, there is a slice of Door County cherry pie for dessert!

 

So, as you can see, Door County represents all four elements in this quilt square:  earth, air, water and fire.  But to me it represents heaven, as, as you can see if you look closely, my heart is there.

5 comments

  1. Lynn,
    I was going to say the only thing missing here is a heart, but then I noticed it! Nice job – Wisconsin will be proud to still call you one of their own.
    Toni


  2. Lynn,
    My son, a Californian, lived in Green Bay long enough for us to visit him. Of course he took us to see Door County. Yes, it is truly a wonderful place.
    You did a wonderful job of capturing it.


  3. Lynn,
    My son, a Californian, lived in Green Bay long enough for us to visit him. Of course he took us to see Door County. Yes, it is truly a wonderful place.
    You did a wonderful job of capturing it.

    And thanks for sharing the history.


  4. Just got back last night from 10 days in Door…there are a “zillium” trilliums in bloom as well as the cherry orchards. I’m brainstorming other ideas for additional “Door” quilt squares; I think it would be fun to turn this into a larger project. Thanks to all the other warmglass.com artists who are always such an inspiration.


  5. I was searching for something else and came across your “quilt square”. I currently live in Florida, but spent 35+ years in Chicago. Your description of Door County (what a beautiful place) brought back memories of happy times when we trailered our sailboat up to Sister Bay and enjoyed a summer or early fall week of sailing in Green Bay and camping out on our boat at the dock at Sister Bay. Also of staying at Helm’s 4 Seasons and dining at the Hotel du Nord when we could afford it.

    Thanks for memories!

    Jean



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