I found these Pickle Bottles at a small antique store nearby. I had no idea what they were until the woman who owns the store told me. I had never heard of pickle bottles before. The woman told me that individual pickles were bottled and packaged this way. These bottles are heavy and different from anything I have worked with before. One is a clear glass and the other is a light lavender color. They are both early 1900's simple pickle bottles about 7 inches tall.
For some reason I couldn't post my last photos of my devotional art pieces along with some dialog....mmm? These pieces that I have featured are my recent creations. They are for sale, however I am not listing them on my Etsy Store. If you are interested in any of them and want specifics please feel free to contact me.
Years ago back in the early 90's, I started making altars out of stained glass. I sold a few and gave a few away. I was trying to break away from the traditional stained glass methods and used found objects and beads in those altars. Then I stopped. I stopped creating.
It was the shrines that have been present in my family through the generations, the ones that were created by the women, that inspired me to create the concept of Urban Rosary. I am getting ready to expand on the idea and concept....but I need to only find the time! In my studio are all the bits and pieces....fragments of what is crying to come together!
My sister Victoria recently had the opportunity to visit New Mexico with her family and brought me back a wonderful book, autographed by the author, as a birthday gift. The book is called, Living Shrines by Marie Romero Cash. It highlights the tradition of home shrines of the Southwest. It's thought provoking, historical, and insightful. It makes me wish that I would have photographed my grandmother in front of her altar, as it features some women in front of their home made altars where they find their vision and gather strength. You can sneak a peek of the inside on Amazon.com.
Well it's been a long time since I have been here. It's been a busy summer. I spent time with my family in California, dealt with my property in San Diego where I had to evict a non paying tenant, and clean up the mess so to speak.
The best part was being with my daughter while she was out of school for the summer! We had a great house in Laguna to stay in for a month, and although we both had work and things to take care of, it was so wonderful being able to just BE with her in those stolen moments.
I did manage to create some altar pieces while there, and have just received an order for 30 bottles from a store in Montecito. I am so thrilled to have this order. Little by little..... I also am going to be doing an art show in Ojai in November! So it's back to creating for me....finally! I probably won't have too much on my etsy site in the next few months.
My mom is recovering from her cancer treatment AGAIN, and through all of it managed to remodel her new home in Ojai. In the spirit and tradition of the women in my family (Italian side) she created her altar, which I thought I would post today....