I went to a show in Massachusetts in November. My booth was set up next to Wes Fleming, and I showed him some iris opal dark brown frit, which used to be made by Arrow Springs. “Do you know where I can get more? I am at the bottom of my jar.” Wes suggested go talk to Val Cox. I stood there like a lump. “I dare you to go talk to Val Cox,” Wes said.
So, I tiptoed across the show floor, and peered at her orderly rows of jars. She and I started talking. I showed Val what I was making, and what I was reaching for in imitating stone with glass, to give my tortoises earthy and fine jewelry qualities. She started grabbing jars, and baggies, and making suggestions. I went home with four or five jars and as many sample baggies.
There were no test paddles on her table of these frits. So I had no idea what I had.
O M G!!!!!
The following Monday, I opened my jars, and spilled the lovely confetti into frit dishes, and started making just test paddles. Holy guacamole, they were the most beautiful, luscious undefinable mosaics.
Now I know why she doesn’t have any test paddles – because every color I put these on looked completely different! I felt like I was Dorothy down the rabbit hole!
Day one I made turtles and tortoises . And they were so rich and satisfying!
Day two I made visionary fish – and wow! Did they pop with colors and textures I’d never seen before!
So – if you’re looking for a new experience in lampworking – go to Valcoxfrit.com and start ordering samples. You’ll be ready to buy jars in a day or two- I certainly am!