(L to R) Phil, Stuart, Laurie, Allison, Deb, Carrie, Hanna Esther, John(L to R) Phil, Stuart, Laurie, Allison, Deb, Carrie, Hanna Esther, John
Flame on!Flame on!
  • (L to R) Phil, Stuart, Laurie, Allison, Deb, Carrie, Hanna Esther, John
  • Flame on!

What a wonderful day. It started with Laurie and I carpooling to Deb and John’s in Tacoma for Brunch. On the drive Laurie shared some ideas for glass yard art that she and Carrie were going to create. I riffed on her ideas and our brainstorm landed on new variations that included solar powered illumination. As a result, I think I was invited to join their company.

Next, Deb and John hosted a fabulous brunch for us. Everyone brought food to share and it was delicious. The conversation was rich, the sky was blue and the view from thier living room overlooking the Puget Sound was perfect. Our friendships were strengthening. Do not turn down an invitation to experience John and Deb’s hospitality. Step into their cross-cultural art center home where great stories and wonderful food abound. Your heart will be lifted sitting with friends around their beautiful Egypto-Mexican dining table.

Then it was off to watch the Maestro, Lino Tagliapiertra, at the Tacoma Glass Museum. Today was his last day as an artist in residence. We watched him create a couple pieces. It was such fun to see him, one of the greatest glass artists of all time. It was a blast. We bumped into Amy, Eli and Solomon. And we met a guy who had worked with many of the most famous glass artists except Lino. He told us stories of Lino being blacklisted by the other big name artists of the day (years ago) because he was willing to teach people interested in becoming artists, the techniques and processes of the craft.

I loved this day, being with my friends and seeing a great artist at work. It was wonderful. I’m actually writing this post on March 19th and last week, Carrie was traveling and popped into Lino’s studio in Italy! She actually got to meet him! Pretty cool.

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