Sometimes when a person looks out the window we are lucky enough to look through glass colors or at colors of glass that bring a sense of beauty into our lives. We can get caught up in viewing the soldered pieces as we enjoy the harmony of the colors playing off of each other. It
The Eucharist is expresses in the grapes turned into blood and the bread turned into body. Our consumption leads to the fulfillment of the prophets. As we become Christ's body we are healed by grace. This piece was an experiment for me in working with a sheet of copper. I soldered the symbols of wine
As the apostles gather for the Spirits presence in their midst, the color of fire enters into their beings. The strength of the breath of the feather hovers over their destiny. New things will be accomplished with Spirit's presence. When we choose to listen, the Spirit is always speaking to us. Sacred Fire, 19″
On May 9th we celebrate the death anniversary of our foundress Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger. She was a Wonder Woman in the best sense of the word. She believed the need for love, security and food were as important as education. She was born in 1797 in Bavaria and died in 1879. The piece of wood
This is a new piece that I just finished recently. I was happy with how it turned out. I loved the use of tile with the wood. We connect with others to find some common place where we feel love. Together we flow in and through Mercy that has been gifted to each of us.
I recently finished a new piece to depict the Annunciation. As we know the Church celebrate this feast day on March 25 each year. The story is told in Luke 1: 26-38. The mandorla which is the shape found around the Virgin encloses the entire body of a person of special dignity. Mary leads us
Growing up in a family where our mother loved flowers, I was blessed to learn and love many different types of flowers. I always loved when the bleeding hearts, iris, lilies of the valley and bridal wreath were part of one of the many beautiful bouquets that she would create. I imagine because we just
This is one of the new pieces that I have finished in the last couple of months. I have been making some larger pieces since my “Twinkling Wood Chips” show in November. The pieces are on Gospel images. Longing for Spirit draws us out of our isolation, where we sometimes think that nothing can change.
Somehow a shaft of light breaks through and shatters the darkness in our lives. The wise ones choose to follow the star. We must always remember that our light works best in darkness. Epiphany, 35″ h X 23″ w X 1″ d
The inner design on the star portrays that Christ's Birth is repeated again and again in history. Within the context of urban, rural, small and large gatherings, the birth of Christ is happening all around us if we are but aware and accentuate the light instead of darkness. May our Christmas this year hold new
This Advent piece reflects on the Sunday readings in the year 2016. 1st Week…The Mountain of the Lord’s House shall be established as the highest of the mountains. All nations shall stream to it. 2nd Week…A shoot shall come forth from the stump of Jesse and a branch shall grow out of
You are welcome to attend an art showing and sale of Woodcarvings and Jewelry on November 19, 2016 in my studio from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This will be the eleventh year of this showing and as in the past years we will have hot apple cider and homemade chocolate chip cookies for you
This coming Saturday, October 8, 2016 we at Good Counsel are having our annual SSND Craft Fair. It is held on our campus in Mankato MN. It runs from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. It includes many fun things like homemade soaps, plants, rosemalling, breads, jams, salsa and soups plus many wonderful crafts that our
By doing right, justice will flow. The seeds of justice flourish and grow in all of nature and present a model to follow. We begin with acts of integrity. Justice Will Flourish, 20″ h X 19″ w X 2″d
Last week I began work on a new Advent piece. I was in hopes that it would help me feel a bit cooler with all the heat and humidity we have been having. Ha ha I wanted to put something from the four gospel readings during the Sunday's of Advent in the carving. So far
This carving reflects the power found in communities that celebrate Eucharist together.
With Spring comes the popping up of many colorful flowers. Sometimes thanks to the squirrels you discover some shooting up in places where you really did not plant them. My mom loved flowers and would make beautiful bouquets with all the flowers she planted and cared for. I always particularly enjoyed the Spring flowers of
We each are given the command to step into the light and shed our darkness and pain. As we rise up God’s light fills us to capacity.
These past months I have been working with a group of youth in Eden Prairie, MN, at Pax Christi Catholic Community, to create a Processional Cross for their youth room and to be used in their worship space. The group came to my studio and worked together in the creation of a design for the
This carving shows the connection of the Holy Family’s Flight to Egypt and the flight of immigrants crossing over the borders. There is a sharp contrast between the darkness of the moon on the one side and the light of the sun on the other with the angel separating the two.