LEAH GLASS and visit to the Rhodie Garden video

At my friend Leah Pellegrini's booth/Sat. Market, PDX OR.

Leah…I have been intending to blog about you and your glass work for the longest time but never had the camera at the right moment or you were not at the Portland Saturday Market  when we were passing through on our weekend walks.  FINALLY I had the chance today to visit Leah Pellegrini of LEAH GLASS and we had such a wonderful time catching up!

At my friend Leah Pellegrini's booth/Sat. Market, PDX OR.

Leah and I met a number of years ago when I took a short glass working class at a studio she was working at in downtown Portland.  We hit it off right away and discovered we both have a crazy passion for color and movement.  Leah’s mobiles are inspired in part by Alexender Calder’s work who we discovered we have a shared passion for as well.  My house has always been full of mobiles that move with the slighest breeze from a passing dog ….and of course my head bonking into them all the time in the garden!

At my friend Leah Pellegrini's booth/Sat. Market, PDX OR.

I also took a class from Leah on creating components with the torch for adding to my fused glass pendants.  I adore Leahs lampworking and wish my eyes would let me experiment more……… but this blind woman, with a loaded torch,   NOT the best idea….lol.  Too many close calls gave me a healthy respect for you bead artists out there!!

At my friend Leah Pellegrini's booth/Sat. Market, PDX OR.

Bryan and I met up with his friend Jenna at the market and they shopped while Leah and I caught up on this first day of the market remodel.  OMG it’s so beautiful , perched right on the waterfront now instead of under the bridge.  A stunning fountain serves as a “living room” of sorts RIGHT IN FRONT of Leah’s booth.

At my friend Leah Pellegrini's booth/Sat. Market, PDX OR. by you.

ABOVE: BRYANS FRIEND JENNA

Her location is absolute perfection and her booth is an instant draw with it’s brilliant colors, tastefully suspended under a stark white tent.  The shadows play on the white and colors reflect all over the display

At my friend Leah Pellegrini's booth/Sat. Market, PDX OR. by you.

Leah and I were discussing that this piece above would convert well into a “rain chain”   I want to be the first to buy one Leah!!!  I have just the place for it in front of my studio window with water piped to the top, dripping down in my raised pond.  It will be backlit too!!

At my friend Leah Pellegrini's booth/Sat. Market, PDX OR. by you.

This is Leahs earring display.  Just as I was photographing the little cuties, another litte cutie stepped into the reflection of the mirror..HI LEAH!!! Love this shot!!!

At my friend Leah Pellegrini's booth/Sat. Market, PDX OR. by you.

Here the earrings are in focus.  Very cute and lightweight too.  The black ear wires really add to them!

At my friend Leah Pellegrini's booth/Sat. Market, PDX OR. by you.

You can see why mobiles look as good outside as they do indoors.  I love the play of light

At my friend Leah Pellegrini's booth/Sat. Market, PDX OR. by you.

I have never met anyone with a smile like Leah has!! It is electric and so open and kind!!! This photo will always be a fave of mine!!

At my friend Leah Pellegrini's booth/Sat. Market, PDX OR. by you.

This was a HUGE mobile in red and black.  I need  one of these too… to hang under my pergola!!! This photo shows off the shadows so nicely

At my friend Leah Pellegrini's booth/Sat. Market, PDX OR. by you.

I need, I want, I need I want!!!

At my friend Leah Pellegrini's booth/Sat. Market, PDX OR. by you.

ABOVE: BRYAN ,LEAH AND AND JENNA CHATTING…BRY’S FIANCE KATE WAS THERE TOO IN A WAY..ON THE PHONE

Leah…thank you for taking the time to chat and catch up.  I know your days at the market are busy ones and you have no idea how nice it was to see you again.  I need to come down to the market more often!!!  Your work, as always is a CLASS ACT!!!!  Thank you for the continued inspiration Leah…… through your art , artistry and friendship!!  Check out Leahs website at http://leahglass.com

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And below click the arrow on the video to see the  Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden (PDX TOP 10 Destinations) as Bryan and I saw it on Thursday.  It was a picture perfect day and we had such a relaxing time.  I noticed in the video all the kids playing with the ducks were little boys with their mothers……it seemed so appropriate since this is the last visit my son will have with his mom before he is married. sniff

See the photo of his wedding band below.  Bry had a custom band made with a rare mahogony type of wood and an inlaid core of a fine metal (can’t remember what it was offhand)

Day at the Rhodie Garden, Portland Oregon 8/20/09 from Sandra Miller on Vimeo.

My sons wedding band...rare wood fusion by you.

BRYAN TOOK THESE TWO IMAGES WITH MY CAMERA

Me on the trails at the Rhodie garden by you.

Comments

  1. Amiee Lofruscio says:

    As always, I love viewing all of the wonderful things that you blog about, I just wish I could have seen these beautiful things in person.

  2. Hi Sandy – seeing you was the highlight of my day!! Thanks for such a wonderful post – I adore all the pictures and love. Thank you thank you!

  3. Thank you Amy!!! I’m so thrilled when people stop in and comment and am very happy you enjoy the posts and all the stuff I get myself into. You made my day ,as I was just talking to my mom before I read your post about how I always work hard to think of a variety of things to blog!!! Your comment means a lot!!!! Hope you are having a great weekend !!

  4. Hi Mz Leah!!! I had such a great time too and I promise to not wait so long to come and visit!! Hope you had a successful day my friend!! I meant every word …….you are truly an inspiration!!!!

  5. What a great write up about Leah! She is a fantastic artist!

  6. Lovely pictures!! (I’m visiting from Leah’s bloggyblog)

  7. susanne wichert says:

    Just as I was thinking that Leah has the most amazing smile, causing me to grin here alone in my office at home, working too late on boring stuff, aching all over and feeling just plain tired. That smile made me giggle right out loud and has doubtless given me another good working hour. Or, maybe the good sense to go to bed! Thanks to both of you , SAndra and Leah, for shring. susanne wichert (formerly Doctorsuze)

  8. Hi Mallory, Aimee and Mz Dr. Suze . Thanks everyone for leaving such sweet comments!!! Susanne it’s been FOREVER!!! How the heck are you??? Your posts always brighten my day and I hope all is well at your place!!! Big group hug to everyone!!

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