Sunday, November 15, 2009

Glass Art Guild of Utah

This past July I joined the Glass Art Guild of Utah. They only meet every other month so I've just attended my third meeting. This month the guild had a show at Red Butte Gardens. I don't feel like I have anything I could enter yet, but I really wanted to go see what was exhibited so i can prepare myself for shows next year. All I can say is I am blown away by the talent exhibited by the members of this group. I'll have to really put on my creative thinking cap to keep up with, let alone compete with, the members of this group.

I took pictures today while I was there. It is by no means a complete account of what was there, just the things that caught my eye. I also can't find the new lithium batteries I bought for my camera (which is falling apart as well) so I ran out of battery before I took pics of everything I wanted to. So, if any guild members are reading this and got left out, I'm truly sorry. I thought everything I saw there was fun and creative, just didn't get to document it all! Following are pics and credits. Since a lot of people have trouble pricing their items I decided to include the listed prices as well. Awesome work, folks!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Robbie!

Yesterday, January 24, was one of those wonderful, fullfilling days. For the first part of the day, I introduced 7 new people to the art of lamp working. What an enthusiastic group of people! They were each so excited as they walked in the room, they could hardly wait to get their hands on those torches!

It was a great group. They all pulled stringers like they'd been doing it forever. Everyone had a kit or access to one by the time they left. We'll being seeing all of them again for supplies I'm sure! I was having battery issues with my camera but there is a picture of each of the students having fun playing with fire.

After class was over, and everything was all cleaned up, I went home, changed clothes and then myhusband and I went to Provo for the Northern Utah Scottish Association's annual Burns Supper. I love these events! The food is always representative of Scotland, whether it's Salmon, beef, cock-a-leekie soup or of course, the obligatory haggis. This event celebrates the birth of the poet Robert Burns, and since he wrote "Ode to a Haggis" you HAVE to eat haggis at this event! And, thankfully, the chef at BYU really knows how to cook a haggis and it tastes wonderful! The above picture of the gentleman with the knife is the reciting the "Ode" (he is an actual Scotsman, so he recites it every year). Before his recital he mentioned that those who have eaten a hot dog can cast no aspertions on the haggis!

The second picture of the event is actually the traditional "Toast to the Lassies" (Although you obviously can't tell what's going on, I just wanted a good pic of the crowd). Both the toast and it's equally traditional rebuttal were very humorous.
The next pic is of my husband sitting at our table. He's actually more interested in the goings on than it looks. The other gentleman with his back to the camera is another native Scot. Very nice speaking with him during the meal. The final picture is of people clasping hands and singing "Auld Lang Sang". The Burns Supper is a tradition going back to the early 19th century. Robbie died in 1796, and in 1809, a group of his friends met at his favorite pub and started what became an annual event by 1819. I am exactly two hundred years and one month younger than Mr. Burns. I am now starting to really appreciate the things he wrote and understand what made him someone who is remembered in January all over the world, even now, 250 years later. Good food, good fun, and I would encourage anyone to attend one near you, and yes, TRY THE HAGGIS!

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