In all of the regrouping I had an idea. I'm consulting with a local church group on their upcoming retreat project—a group mosaic done in 2-3 hours by about 75 people, most of whom have not done a mosaic before. I have all this glass and tile. They will need a lot of glass and tile. So, I'm sorting the glass I have into lots that will be immediately usable for the project they will be doing.
As I was sorting today a thought occurred to me. What I'm purging from my studio are materials I have collected over the past 9 years with no clear idea of what I would do with them. I've tried to make them usable but have never been completely satisfied with the results. I will still have a good amount of glass left over but I have a feeling I will be divesting myself of much of that as well.
And I’m left with a feeling that, once this purge has been accomplished, a new door/style/something will be taking place in my mosaic work. I can almost see it; I can definitely feel that it's coming. And it makes me a bit misty. Next year will mark 10 years as an artist for me. I've seen it with others; there's a shift that tends to happen around the 10-year mark.