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Solar Man

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Truth be told, I occasionally make components that get set aside because I’m not sure what I’m doing with them. I have some creative compulsions that take over, mid day, then I decide I better get back to bread and butter and think it all over.  In this case, the human figure, foot, bowl and the open part of the stem were all “accumulated” over time. Then one day I look around and see that I almost have something. The figure happens to eye up with the stem well, I add the outer arcs and rays to it (the stem), add some gold and silver fuming, assemble and here we are.

I’ll tell you again that I know exactly “what” I’m doing, but I figure out how as I go,because “the best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray” you know?
I just aim for the light and it all comes together. That’s faith.
We watch and listen and move, guided by light. I couldn’t doubt it again if I tried. I’ve received enough confirmation to fill all the cups ever made, and I aim to share it above all else. Dogma free.
I thank you for the very important part you play in fueling this transformative fire that burns for you as much as any.
It’s there when you look for it, it’s there when you don’t.
It won’t wait to shine. It’s just what light does. What it does to a person when they answer it, stand naked in it ??
It changes them from an animal into a Human Being.
It’s the hardest thing for a person to do. Also the most worthwhile.
Shine Brighter every moment, ask all the questions and see for yourself what this place is really about.

Storewide sale and a moment of truth.

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I have to tell you. The way things look from where we stand, is immensely bright and beautiful when we look in one direction and terribly dark and foreboding in the other. Blessed to see this but burdened with the reality that we can no longer pursue, because to do so would be to be a part of what seems to hurt as opposed to what appears to heal.

We are not attached to how it will work, but we cannot turn back out of fear. This might look and seem foolish to those who mistake their animal nature for true and divine human nature.

We are more than what we have. We want to “have” less so we can “be” more. The truth seems so simple but the struggle to uphold it and the forces that aim to undermine it are all too real.

In a world where all you want to do is take responsibility for your burden upon the whole, to be a help and a source as opposed to being a dependent, to truly sacrifice in the name of change. It seems worth investing in.

We’re doing an odd thing, trying to stay put and grow roots. Work the soil where we stand, use the Internet and technology to avoid travel and needless consumption of resources. We enjoy working hard and are trying to work smarter. No doubt the odds are not in favor of our goal.

I don’t care about the odds though, I don’t care about fame or attention beyond what is needed to make this work. It’s for you and all because I see how much it’s wanted and needed. All the Sun does is plead with me every day to stay the course. This game has a full on faith, that the light of truth is enough and if one way fails, we’ll pick up and try another. We need your help though. We need to come together to hold this up in every way we can.

Nobody needs these objects we make, I realize this and it terrifies me. All I can hope is that people understand that I want to transform these glass objects into fertile ground for the future of my family and be one of many who know they must do the same because that is the future I see and believe in. So maybe you aren’t in a position to make soil, but you can invest in it.

My family didn’t have a garden when I was growing up, and I know it’s not possible to garden everywhere. I also know how much earth is covered with concrete and asphalt. That said, for reasons that began arising over 15 years ago, we have been studying and learning and practicing all that we possibly have time for. Things that would have otherwise been lost to us. Things we value and cherish above all else. Things that our Son will carry forward.

We need to continue to figure out how to make it work because it’s all that matters anymore and all I can do is hope and pray that people understand and that it all holds together somehow.

Whatever part you play here, I thank you for being your best self and hope we all stay bright on the darkest days because it’s all that helps.

Great thanks and blessings from the Barrett Family to you and yours and all.

  The Gulf is something that has to be leaped, and leaped alone, stripped of all hindering burdens, in faith … It is thus one of the crisis points of spiritual progress because of the great temptation to turn back from the unknown to the apparent safety of known things, and to succumb to this temptation is to lose all the fruits of past endeavor.

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New beads added to the shop!

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Working on a full overhaul of operations and it is good. Starting with these new additions to our shop. There is a whole lot of awesome in the works but it’s going to take some real time and effort on this side of things. More than ever, but it’s always worth it.

I’m in the workshop right this moment typing this on my phone. I’m going to offer things on this blog. Written accoutrements that I’d like to share. Things that I don’t care to toss into the turbulent book of faces like so many lost messages in a bottle.

Here I can share and know where it is, how to find it and show you. I have much to learn about making this work but I have to start and make mistakes or it will never become.

I write a lot, I share a lot because it’s something I’m compelled to do. The thing is that I can’t afford to do it as much as I would like, it takes a lot of time away from doing the work that pays my bills. (I am a Lampworker).

The idea is to try and concentrate my efforts here (again). More room to write, and it’s linked to our shop so maybe you like it and want to grab a bead to carry it with you and invest in more.

Here’s a quick poem for you to be on your way.

The Times

Every house holds three clocks.

They keep each other set with the tick and the tock.

One runs forward, one turns back, and the other is stopped.

The man looks around to find it and feels queasy at the proposition, that a timely choice is important to this mission.

Then he reaches up and takes all three. He remembered what it means to be.

I’m gonna go make glass objects now. but if the words move you more, or just enough to throw money at, or you just have so much you don’t know what to do with it, that donate button will take it and I’ll invest it well.  Thank you. Bless our place and our journey.


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Hollow blown boro beads by Beau Barrett

Beads

Always beads, they’ll always be a thing for us. It’s the original object.  It’s a thing transformed.  A rock with a hole in it has more possible futures than one without.  A rock with a hole in it is cool, it feels good in the hand.  You could throw it, hand it to someone, or string it up to keep and wear.  A reminder of places worth returning to.

So if the goal is to put information on these “rocks” in the form of patterns and colors. The information is more effective at communicating the message without words or established symbols. These would be distracting from what’s really going on here. The focus is the process, not the objects that result from it. Although the objects do improve greatly with this somewhat counter-intuitive approach.

I like this thing called “Beauty”,  it seems like a good objective to me . It has the desired effect. It warms, connects and motivates. It doesn’t NEED to say a damn thing. It just looks good, and you don’t really care why.  It’s not trying to sway opinion or activate your chakras, it’s just nice work. You can tell it really loves you, because it doesn’t try to own you. Beauty shows us what it means to just be open and aware that we belong here, exactly as we are.  There’s details, but it’s the feeling beneath it that you want to make note of. So you can realize it exists inside you.

Like a flower. It’s so beautiful you could cry. You can see how much it loves you, and you feel the same way. Fragrance, symmetry AND color?  This relationship feels right and true to all who see it. Beauty connects us and it pulls us. The Butterflies and Hummingbirds agree, but they aren’t even aware of “beauty” they just ARE it.

A Calendula from our garden. Caught it opening and again a few days later...
A Calendula from our garden. Caught it opening and again a few days later…

The awareness of love and beauty is a gift and a responsibility. The difference between us and the butterflies is awareness. We can observe ourselves. I think this is uniquely human. This capacity for self-reflection.

Making the objects is a mantra and a self-reflective practice. When we are making an object, there is nothing else.  All of the self is looking to make miniscule connections to move the form just a bit closer to what the mind’s eye wishes to see with each attempt. The maker gets many pings back from the material and process. These serve to continue the cycle of questions and answers. It is the answers from this “ONE” that you will use for the next “ONE”.

 Practice: to perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency.

This is practice you can see, to remind a person on a deeper level that it is the practice you seek and not the bead.

Objects, what we see and feel with eyes and hands are tools for learning about the non-material practices. To practice being present and within yourself is the practice of practices. I practice while making them, your practice while stringing them is no different. It’s always only one, and it’s always right now.

Hollow blown boro beads by Beau Barrett
Hollow blown boro beads by Beau Barrett

I love a good marble or paperweight. It was these cavernous carnivals of light that helped show me what glass could become. Big spheres filled with psychedelic scenes that induce wonder. Wonder how, wonder what, wonder who. But I never wondered why…

A bead, is sneaky and mechanical. It will accept your advances and walk with you all day. It will call people over without asking you. It might just quietly interrupt an observers train of thought. One bead can change the course of an entire day and it’s not bound to the display case…it’s bound to you.

What other object becomes a part of the owner so well? Especially when their own efforts are applied to use this object as a jump-off for their own creation. Beads are quite literally an opportunity that does not discriminate.

These are the stones, and the world is the pond. I try to throw them accordingly. Thank you for catching them, using them and observing them accordingly.

I’m headed to the torch now, beads will be available for purchase tomorrow morning!

Thanks all!!

Beau

Cool picture in the entrance of the Jefferson County Library... :)

Shook down the library, all set for extended torch play…

(^^took that photo of a picture they have in the entrance of the library. what’s not to like about getting along ya know?)

I mentioned going to the library as a kid yesterday…  Shani usually swings by there with Atom when she’s out and I’ve been needing to go by and get a card so perfect thing to do yesterday. Shani dropped us off and ran an errand while we tore the place apart! (not really, cool visual though).

I also have a big bag of books on my shoulder just so you don't think I made Shani carry my books lol.
I also have a big bag of books on my shoulder just so you don’t think I made Shani carry all the books lol.

I’ve been a podcast junkie for years but we have a bandwidth cap here, so the audio-books at the library are a more economical option to help lighten the data usage here.

This is my pull from yesterday… Atom has been covering the gardening and poultry. All he’s been checking out are duck raising and gardening books, which is what Shani has been grabbing at anyway. He has us read them as bedtime stories. It’s pretty awesome because most of it is stuff we all want to learn so, win all around….Dreaming of protein ratios, duck foraging habits and aromatic living compost…

I did show Atom all those fun how-to-draw books and he was all about it. He can’t wait to dig into those after school today…

30 CD's worth of old sci-fi radio shows. The odyssey and a little Eckhart Tolle to keep it real. A couple old glassware books to flip through is always nice...not sure what's up with the John Maeda book but I like simple so it should be worth a read...
30 CD’s worth of old sci-fi radio shows. The odyssey and a little Eckhart Tolle to keep it real. A couple old glassware books to flip through is always nice…not sure what’s up with the John Maeda book but I like simple so it should be worth a read…

I’m  going to segway really quick on this sci-fi tip to mention;


 

 A customer/friend of ours has a son that  just published this book. It’s now available on Amazon! Congratulations Lucas! New blood, new material. If you like sci-fi, I bet it’s good. Keep his fingers to the keys, invest in virtuous potential futures and grab a copy today!

Outcasts of the Worlds by Lucas Aubrey Paynter now available for paper or kindle on Amazon.
Outcasts of the Worlds by Lucas Aubrey Paynter now available for paper or kindle on Amazon. Click the photo to link to purchase page.

 

After that we stopped by the awesome farm stand down the way for a couple of snacks and some extra veggies for dinner.

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Super awesome Dahlia…The triad arrangement caught my eye, haven’t seen many like that. The do really well here. I’m a fan.

 

So the rounds have been made, connections inspired and initiated.

Now, is the part where I put a disc in the player, straighten and clean this bench, then just dig in and do the work. I got the white board out for this week, lets see if I can erase it before the next trip to the library…

There will be new auctions this week, just not today. This picture below is where I’m headed this morning, that kiln is starving…The now is calling...

The now is calling…not just me…

 

Flashback to now.

Flashback Spinners

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Winning: Mary Ransom

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Ending On: September 6, 2014 12:13 pm

Here they are.  First time I've picked up soft glass in something like 8 or 10 years.

Auction is for this set of four experimental 104 glass spinning tops. This was absolutely fun. I didn't know if I could do this or not, so I tried and here we are.  These all spin really clean.

Largest top is 46mm x 27mm diameter.

Category: spintops

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  1. Mary Ransom bid $30.00 on September 5, 2014 7:15 am [increased max bid]
  2. Mary Ransom bid $30.00 on September 5, 2014 12:20 am
  3. Tim Livingston bid $27.50 on September 4, 2014 8:41 pm
  4. indigo bid $26.00 on September 4, 2014 8:39 pm [auto]
  5. Tim Livingston bid $25.00 on September 4, 2014 8:39 pm
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  7. Tim Livingston bid $16.29 on September 4, 2014 6:38 pm [auto]
  8. indigo bid $15.79 on September 4, 2014 6:38 pm
  9. Tim Livingston bid $5.25 on September 3, 2014 11:45 pm [auto]
  10. Ruth Lavrakas bid $5.00 on September 3, 2014 11:45 pm
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Here's me at about 21, making soft-glass beads. I had a minimum wage job at an all around glass shop, and an apartment with a lampworking table in the kitchen.
The old now….Here’s me at about 21, making soft-glass beads on a gas/air hot head torch. I had a minimum wage job at an all around glass shop, and an apartment with a lampworking table in the kitchen, not a sustainable situation, but this is how we start…

I try to say really obvious things in a way that attempts to transcend the obvious. I hear it but probably sound like an idiot to others when I say things like;  “if you’re going to start, then you HAVE to START.” “if you’re going to do this, then you HAVE to DO THIS.

…and so you do, and you fall. You go again and you fall. You go again and you fall. You’re furious now. “why do I keep falling damnit?!!”  because life is falling, and life is getting up.  After surviving fall after fall and getting back on with a progressively concentrated self and practice towards a calm demeanor, somehow this thing grows beneath all of your suffering.  This is good suffering, it’s been worth it. It’s my war, it’s the only war I can help with.

My war is a war to end wars. I’m not out there preaching it or fighting it, because that’s not where the fight is. The war is inside every one. We each conduct one, and when we lose is when it escapes our personal battlefield. All fire is friendly fire.

Ghandi said it all before, and we know the dude was right, but it’s “weak” in the eyes of the ignorant. So we wonder what the hell we’re supposed to do. There’s so many angry people, so many unsettled differences.

What you don’t do, when you see a fight, is go in swinging and yelling. You look at peoples eyes and make contact with your grounded self so they SEE you first, then you reach out, the willing and ready will join. Teamwork restores balance. We have to help each other keep our cool…

The other day our ducks started going in the garden and pecking at zucchini flowers while we were picking some cukes. We reacted by going towards them , then the dogs followed us in. Now there’s Shani and myself, with two dogs and two ducks in the garden acting like fools.  We reacted and made a simple thing worse just escalated to where we realized we reacted without thinking. If you just go the other way and call, the ducks just follow.  We forgot to lead from the front… you try to push and you end up with a pile…

So stream of conciousness goes on with what we’re supposed to do to help, we’re supposed to learn. The best way to learn is to do. The more we learn, the more we understand. The more we understand the more we are able to connect, commiserate and find common ground.

The game of divide and conquer is a dangerous direction to move in. Staying connected with your real and looking to connect with the next right thing is THE best thing any of us can do for all the rest, because we can’t talk down fighting from afar, we can only argue over what we should do, arguing over what we think some other people that we’ve never met or spoken with, should do.  What a waste. Just turning off the TV would help the world more than that go nowhere debate it’s spewing at you.

Life is short, all that’s true is change and that we’ll all go on someday. Every now is new so you get to grab it anytime you remember to.

They told you you should feel bad about things, that there is trouble in the world so you should repent and pray for salvation. You can kneel and pray for answers, or you can sit quietly with the world and just listen like you’ve never listened before. However you arrive at your center, the place where good and bad just become “what is”.

Equanimity…is a good place to start from.

 

 

A blown boro bead and three tops walk into a blog…

Two new auctions!  Some spin-able, some string-able, for as long as long as they are -able. Thank you!

Aether Burst blown boro bead by Beau Barrett

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Winning: ute

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Ending On: September 5, 2014 9:00 am

The combination of fine silver and clear glass equals this when all the steps are there.  A

A layer of silver vapor applied to the inner surface of clear glass and layered with clear dots is then closed and carefully condensed into form. The silver migrates outward into the surrounding glass creating this beautiful ethereal and slightly lustrous effect. Where the dots push the silver outward, they leave clear "holes" through the layer of silver beneath them for a very unique viewing experience.

31mm x 20mm diameter.  2.5mm hole size.

Category: beads

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  1. ute bid $32.00 on September 5, 2014 1:10 am
  2. Mary Ransom bid $27.00 on September 5, 2014 12:19 am
  3. ute bid $26.00 on September 4, 2014 7:37 am
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Micro Tertiary Amigos

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A set of three tiny borosilicate glass tops in yellow, poppy orange, and rusty red. Each with a little something all it's own.  This size and basic design is still my favorite tops to spin and toy with.  If I kept one in a pocket to carry around it would be this size.

A nice hardwood plate or tray with curved sides would make a perfect arena to set them all into motion and see how they play.

Largest (yellow) is 30mm x 19mm diameter.  All spin heads up or heads down,

Category: spintops

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  1. Mary Ransom bid $19.18 on September 5, 2014 7:33 am [auto]
  2. Barbara price bid $18.68 on September 5, 2014 7:33 am
  3. Mary Ransom bid $12.50 on September 3, 2014 7:07 pm
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Labor day post before I get to work.

La·bor Day
noun
noun: Labour Day; noun: Labor Day

a public holiday or day of festivities held in honor of working people, in the US and Canada on the first Monday in September, in many other countries on May 1.

That means be thoughtful about the people who have to work today. When you checkout with your booze at the grocery store, and go in to pay for your gas on your way to have a good time. Give those folks a breath of fresh air to help them through the busy day, just care is all. It could have been you.
That’s the thing, it’s like that anytime you’re off the clock. Someone else is on it, in your favor, driving the cab, serving your table You have what you have, because someone did the work to create it and another to bring it near you, and you did the work to earn it.

We run this school of energy exchange and there’s no such thing as a free lunch. So thanks for doing your part.

Just don’t forget that the time, the love and the energy is where the only real value lies. These are things we try to print on dollars, coins, ones and zeros, but those who know, know that love is rose and it will grow whether you pay it to or not…
If you are a rose, then it’s not even about “being the best rose”. The rose wishes to become the greatest possible expression of what it is.

It knows that it is part of a greater process, that it cannot fail. The rose reflects on the instruction written in the parents seed to reveal a spiraling sequence of increasingly complex structures, functions and very specialized apparatus. It simply follows self-instruction, it can hear, and feel the sun say when to jump, and it does, and it grows and it blooms and it lives. Flowers are masters of attention, they have it in the right place at the right time, then things just bloom and make fruit.

The time, the love and the energy. It’s how flowers, bugs and stars do business…laborers of love make wonderful teachers…

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