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Sharry Miller
Valdez, Alaska
I'm a creative soul living life in Alaska.
Interests: I love trying new things and have played with fiber arts, quilting, fused glass, stained glass, lampworking, and a variety of other art forms. I'm also a budding adult athlete (after a childhood of inactivity) and indulge in bicycling, triathlon, hiking, skiing, and occaisonal attempts at running. I also enjoy reading nearly anything and writing about my experiences (hence this blog).
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I drank the bottle of lotion in three gulps, but if there was any alcohol in it, I couldn't tell. I took a long, hot shower and reveled in being clean for the first time in two weeks, but then I had to put back on the same stinky, vomit-stained clothes I'd been wearing. Words reverberate through my head: crack, heroin, hunger, theft, homeless, hopeless, despair. I pull the headphones out of my ears and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Sharry Miller
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What do you do with a drunken sailor, What do you do with a drunken sailor, What do you do with a drunken sailor, Earl-eye in the morning! These lovely lyrics have been running through my head for the past hour after I decided my tracks through the snow looked like those of a drunken sailor just cast ashore after a year at sea. But I swear, the iced tea I had for lunch was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Sharry Miller
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Women's Adventure Magazine was kind enough to post another of my book reviews today. I hope you'll hop over to their site to see what I had to say about Stop Drifting, Start Rowing by Roz Savage. Here's a little teaser from my review of this very good book. Roz Savage sat down at her dining-room table in London one day and wrote her own obituary. Actually, she wrote two – the one she wanted... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Sharry Miller
In screenprinting, after you make the screen you literally pull ink (or in this case, finely ground glass in a liquid medium) across the screen to push the color through the holes in the screen which make up the design. In silk screening, the screen would be made from silk. The ones we were using were made from finely woven monofiliment.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2014 on Photorealistic Imagery in Glass at Sharry Miller
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Serious overload. My brain is mush, and I'm only halfway through my workshops at the Glass Craft and Bead Expo in Las Vegas. I was here three years ago, and I remember having the same sense of impending meltdown. It's worth it, though. I spent the last two days in Gail Stouffer's class Making Your Mark. We learned several methods for getting photorealistic (or sort of, anyway) images in fused glass pieces using enamels. A... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Sharry Miller
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Monday I headed to Las Vegas with my mom and mother-in-law for the Glass Craft and Bead Expo, four days of workshops and exhibits, mostly about art glass, but with a few other odds and ends thrown in, as well. Classes didn't start until today (Wednesday), so yesterday the moms and I headed off to explore the Strip. (We're staying at the South Point Hotel and Casino which is pretty far off the main drag.)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Sharry Miller
Mandy, you are a doll and I miss you, too. It's going to be hard to get to play together this summer and then say "see you later" again. Damn it, now I'm starting to tear up. Hugs, my friend.
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Thank you, Brian. As impersonal as it sometimes may be, I love Facebook in that it lets me have friends like you in my life on a more regular basis, even if it's not in person. We need to work on that in person part, however.
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I agree, Melinda, and I certainly didn't mean to imply that our interactions with people always need to be grand pronouncements of affection. Often, our actions speak louder than words, but sometimes, just sometimes, it's necessary to say the words.
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Thank you, Wendy.
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Yesterday was a fabulous day. To begin with, I went for my first bike ride since I sprained my knees two weeks ago. I had to take it easy, but it was still a marvelous ride in the sunshine. I was bluntly reminded that it's not really quite spring yet, however, when I rode into the shadow of the mountain to the south of Port Valdez. Brrr! The photos below may be uninspiring, but hidden... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Sharry Miller
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I am debating writing this post, even as I type the words. I feel as if I'm taking advantage of someone else's tragedy to expound upon my personal thoughts, but apparently I'm saying, "so be it." I had the misfortune-pleasure-honor of attending a memorial service last night for the first time in over 11 years. The last was for my father-in-law who died after a long illness in his mid-60s. Last night's celebration of life... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Sharry Miller
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Thanks, Mom. I think it'll be a good memory maker, too, for them and me.
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Thanks, Cindy.
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Thanks, Mandy. I don't think the prototype could swim that far, but maybe a smaller version if you don't kill me in the mountains this summer.
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Kristy, send me your mom's name so I can know who to look for.
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Thanks :)
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Thanks, Melissa. You'll have to come decorate a fish when I do a community time.
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I already ordered my new kiln - a Paragon 1013. I wasn't crazy about the oval shape, but I didn't like the price of the one I really wanted. The project has to be finished in time for installation in July or August. Therefore, the work with the kids has to be done before school is out. Thane's doing the metal work for me, so that has to be done before fishing starts. The next couple of months will be very busy. I'm looking forward to Vegas. I got both moms to go with me and take classes. Should be fun.
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Thank you, Pam. I'll definitely keep you posted.
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Thanks so much for sharing your book-creation process. It makes it seem achievable, not impossible. Congratulations!
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Thanks, Brian. I'm pretty thrilled, needless to say.
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2014 on Leaping Led to Excitement at Sharry Miller
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"Ron, this is Sharry Miller. She's the artist," the middle school principal said to the construction manager. Ron introduced me the same way to the construction foreman. I failed to resist rolling my eyes as I shook hands and exchanged nice-to-meet-yous with both men. "The artist" just sounded so pretentious. In this case, however, I suppose it was appropriate. I was at Valdez's still-under-construction middle school to consult about lighting the artwork that will be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Sharry Miller
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Yeah, we had perfect weather…except for the fog. If I had to spend a few days camping on the floor of a boat, we picked the right days.
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Last week I spent three days in eastern Prince William Sound helping run an oil spill response exercise. I finally had a chance to look through my pictures and consider what I wanted to share about this experience. For a variety of reasons, I don't normally write here about my work with the Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation, a habit I don't intend to change. As I scanned my photos, I decided that what struck... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Sharry Miller