If you hadn't guessed by the photo, I spent a weekend in one of my favorite places, Bayfield, WI. It was such a beautiful day I couldn't resist taking a long walk with my camera, through town.
Right next to where we were staying was the best thing about the Rhum Line Bar....I guess I can"t actually say the best as they boast numerous varieties of Rum , which I haven't tried yet. But for now I think it's best feature is it's cupola and weather vane.
The Ferry takes residents and visitors to the nearby and inhabited Madeline Island, one of the many Apostle Islands group. It's a little like going back in time, as they rely on the Ferry for most things. The Museum there is a must see for more information on Madeline's history.
Waiting patiently outside A Stone's Throw, was Teddy the dog, one of the more likable canines I have encountered on a walk. I would have taken him home in a minute, but I doubt his new owners would ever let him go. A Stones Throw is a wonderful little gift store featuring the pottery of the owner, along with many other things to delight you for an ample amount of time.
Further down the street, and resting in the waters of Lake Superior, are the fishing boats that go out daily and come back with fresh Lake Superior Whitefish or Lake Trout. You can pick up some for your cooler, or sit down to a gourmet meal at the The Wild Rice restaurant. We sometimes do both as they are an equal treat.
The other thing that Bayfield seems to have is "pride of place". Everywhere in the down town area comes to life with an abundance of color. Things grow well here, I don't know how to say it any better. I struggle at home battling deer, bunnies, etc.but the gardens here overflow with multiple varieties of all shapes, sizes, and well planned designs.
Bayfield is probably best known for it's Orchards and Berry Farms.One of my personal favorites and a Bayfield Regency Conservancy member, is Blue Vista Farm. The wonderful old barn is about as beautiful as they come and you can see the view is aptly named. What impresses me most is the towns desire to keep things as they are for many generations to come, to preserve the land as sustainable farms, to limit the "big box" phenomenon to the big city.
My interest in glass art stems
from the freedom of expression
and creativity that this medium
allows. From a beginners class
at a local college, to an
advanced class in bead making,
I have continued to express my artistic
tendencies in my own way. I am largely
self taught, relying on books, trial and error, and hours
My work includes flat glass; stained glass projects that
range from cabinet doors, free hanging windows and
sidelights, to full size door panels. These projects utilize
copper foil and lead came methods, sometimes
utilizing both methods in the same project.
Designs are my own and have been drawn from a
variety of places, but probably mostly from nature.
Building on the colors of the natural world and finding
them again in the colors of glass or their combinations
is an excitement all it’s own. And the challenge of
trying to place spacially pleasing forms in the confines
of glass is most satisfying.
I became interested in Lampworked Beads in 1994
and have attended classes in New York and Arizona.
Lampworked beading is actually an ancient art that has enjoyed a revival in recent
years. The work is accomplished over a torch and involves melting glass rods over a
metal rod then reworking the glass into art forms. The range of color, style, glass,
precious metals or inorganic materials than can be utilized is unlimited and therefore
very exciting as a creative medium.
Glass beads and flat glass allow a new adventure in combination of both styles, a
particular favorite and unique segment of my work. This union results in small free
hanging windows with open spaces somewhere near the center, where specially
created beads appear and meld with the overall concept of the piece.
Kathy L. Furda