Monthly Archives: September 2013

What do you keep in your vessel?

If you follow me our our Evolving Creations Lampwork page on Facebook you might have already seen this recent collection of vessels. If not then sweet, these are some of the new “Liscio” vessels.

I’ve been working towards some degree of fluency in this kind of work and these are a nice taste of that. Trust and faith in the process of practice is what I fill the vessels with. It’s like a genie that tells you to keep your wishes where you can see them and get to work on making them happen. The genie is a master of practice. The same genie says that kindness, gratitude and mindfulness are what keep your wishes in perspective, what tempers them with virtue and ethics. You are the genie, your body is the vessel, let yourself out and make the wishes come true one simple step at a time…

"Liscio" Vessels Flameworked borosilicate.
“Liscio” Vessels Flameworked borosilicate by Beau Barrett.  Now Available in our Etsy shop.

This kind of work is where it’s at for me right now, the genre that resonates with my creative goals most. With lampwork I like to “cross-train”, to apply efforts in a select group of basic genre that appeal to me, my customers and my practice. Balance… This basically means, blown hollow beads, pendants, marbles, and vessels. There’s things like ornaments and sculpture that happen on occasion too.

Each of these types of work, train and offer practice in areas that can be combined and interchanged. Starting with mandrel wound beads, and soft-glass pendants I learned about the properties and basic patterning of small amounts of glass. Then I moved to blown boro beads, this has been a road of learning about working tube, hollow form, color, technique and aesthetic. Thousands of blown boro beads. Throughout this time I visited the perfume bottle, pendant and marble. It doesn’t matter to me, it’s all practice that ideally results in some kind of beautiful object. Even if it doesn’t, I still learn. In retrospect it’s been a very incremental path up until this point.

I learn not just about glass, but about myself.   It tempers my patience, it is good for my awareness, it helps connect me with people, it has cultivated trust and faith that even when you feel that you must be crazy for choosing an uncertain path, if you feel it is virtuous and ethical, it resonates with you, it fills you with light and calls to you. It will probably work out, maybe not how you thought, but it will show you that it can and that it will if you stay with it.  We all have to spend our lives doing something and this appeals to me in so many ways that I am continually grateful to be doing it. I have intentions that I haven’t yet decided how I will put them into action, but I will.  Really, taking the time to write to you is one way that I can offer something more. It’s a start.

I want you to keep something in your vessel. Just one, it’s you. Not your identity 😉 the you that is unconcerned with what others think of you, the you that knows what the next right thing is, the you that is awake to what is real and what is imagined.  When you empty out your vessel there is something that remains, it is space.  An empty vessel knows that it is fine just how it is, that when space is created, all that has ever been known or needs to be known rushes in. When space is created, you can see again, you can feel what you need to be for the moment, then you become empty again prepared for the next.
Emptiness is not bleak, it is inviting, it is openness.
So the vessel…what’s it made of? The vessel is made of practice, of compassion, of reason of mindfulness and simplicity. It’s there to give form to space, it’s there to establish an objective. When the vessel is emptied of illusion this is what remains, the space within it is electrified and connected to the universal objective. To know yourself, and to know that identity is temporary, that you can be who you need to be, then just empty your vessel, prepared for the next clear moment.

Have a truly mindful day!






The outward spiral re-awakened. Also the inward spiral..


Sometimes our life stalls out, becomes stuck or stagnant.  Like everything, I think this has to do with perspective.  Perspective can easily become clouded, distracted or misled by what we take in to our bodies. This encompasses everything from food, drink & drugs to the barrage of media, electronic games and television programming we have available to us at all times.  You must realize how smart the makers of these above products are. How much they know about you,  have invested in knowing what makes you tick, where your buttons are and how to push them.  Billions of dollars to research precisely how to keep you hooked. This is no tin-foil hat rant, there’s enough of that out there to go around. This just comes from a wish to reach out and share simple things that have transformed my life for the better, some FWIW content.


Ever since the industrial revolution allowed a company to produce more product than people actually “needed”, very powerful psychological strategies have ramped up and been used to convince the masses of what they “need in order to be happy” to raise demand for overflowing supply.

I watched this awhile back and even though I kind of figured as much, it opened my eyes even further. Feel free to check it out when you have the time. It’s long but the first 30-60 minutes are enough to lend quite a bit of insight.

Pretty high on the list of things that changed our life for the better was to stop watching cable TV.  It’s been almost 4 years now.  I say cable TV, that doesn’t mean we don’t watch a movie or documentary every now and then.  We save money and have control over what is on the screen and when.  Netflix has plenty of ad-free content, it’s cheap to hook a computer or smartphone to your TV for streaming youtube and other online content.  You can seek out news online if you wish, cross reference sources, or just live in the moment knowing that you only have control over what is right in front of you, or what you put through to others via electronic means.

My life changed more than I could explain by doing this one thing. Like many positive changes, it’s only challenging at first. Entertainment is important but when there is a constant stream of nonsense and distraction with little value on tap, it can really cut in to your life dance without you even realizing what you’re missing. I totally understand, you love your shows etc. Just my 2 cents on something that I subtracted and in doing so gained a lot.

What do I do then?? While I work in the shop, I do often listen to podcasts…I’m no Luddite, I just like to have a little more control than TV “programming” offers.  In a future post I’m thinking of sharing a list of podcasts that I like to listen to.  I have learned so much while also getting work done in the shop. The amount of great free audio content out there is amazing.  Osmotic learning and discussion that’s great for commuting, working etc.

Enjoy your life, explore your life, make sure it’s you who’s choosing what. Not a corporation or even your best friend or mate. It’s your right to be objective, it’s your gift to be able to choose the next right thing.

Like Socrates said:

The Unexamined life is not worth living.

The more you hold on to, the less you can be.

The more you hold on to, the less you can see.

Let go of what no longer serves you and move towards the new self.

If not now, then when? Why then?

Sometimes it makes it easier to start by subtracting the harmful, then adding the helpful comes naturally. It becomes your nature.

Like the sun, what we truly need to thrive has it’s own magnetism. It takes more effort resist the closer you get to it.
Virtue, health, and an openness to true reason will eventually become irresistible and undeniable, as you make powerful connections about what is happening at every moment throughout the entire universe.
To wander from the camp in order to begin then next leg of your life evolution, will always be the hardest part.
Your first discovery will come quickly and give you the momentum you need to continue in this new and exciting direction.
Trust in the pull and your confidence will grow to know it and see it more and more easily.

Thanks and gratitude.


Artist Spotlight in Bead & Button Magazine October 2013 Issue!!

Check out the current (October 2013) issue of Bead & Button Magazine. Big thanks to Maggie Roschyk who contacted us to be featured in the Artist Spotlight section, and to Julia Gerlach for being an awesome editor.  I wrote up a heartfelt piece about us and what’s brought us this far and it was well received.