In the final few minutes before I concede to the ignominy of going to bed at 8:30 (I only slept about an hour and a half last night), I've been looking at a new book I got today, Warm Glass - A Complete Guide to Kiln-Forming TechniquesbyPhilippa Beveridge, Ignasi Domenech and Eva Pascual. The first chapter (all I've managed to skim so far) is on the history of glass. I was somewhat surprised to learn that the earliest known glass is from 3,000 BC and that glass blowing started around the first century BC. Some of the photos of two to three thousand-year-old glass are amazing in their color, patterns and shapes. There are just some things modern technology can't do justice to.
I suppose it sounds cliche' to say that it's humbling to be part of such a long history, but it's true. It also reminds me that I need to be kind to myself. I have a definite tendency to want to be perfect at whatever I try immediately after learning the basic techniques. Working with fused glass has been no different. I look at the art created by "real" glass artists and think, "Wow! I want to do that." Then I read in their bios that they started working in glass 20 years ago or more. Unfortunately, it's harder to tell myself to be patient and keep working at it and eventually I'll get there.
Perhaps that's why, as I mentioned in a post a few days ago, I have a tendency to be a serial monogamist with crafts. I don't quickly reach the level of perfection I want so I give up and move on to something else. Perhaps, or maybe it's just boredom and insatiable curiosity.
Now, if only a modicum of self-realization could lead to more rational behavior!