My favorite new find is this batch of molds that came from the Jeannette Glass Company, which was in operation in Jeannette, PA from 1887-1983. This article has tons of information on the factory and its history along with great photos, some of which I'm including here.
I spent most of yesterday digging through a giant crate of these molds, bringing them home, scrubbing them clean, and drying them in the sun. For me this was a pretty perfect way to spend a day.
I don't know exactly what my plans are for this batch but I have some ideas brewing. When I started painting in earnest about fifteen years ago I was really into repeating dots. I don't sign my artwork on the front (another story for another time) but my unofficial signature became three dots in a row. I have always loved polka dots and lines of repeating dots and singular circles. I'm starting to work with dots again but in my tin pieces. (See also my instagram #workerbirdcollectsdots ) These molds fit perfectly within the things I'm seeing in my head these days.
This 26" x 17" map is heading to the American Folk Art Museum Shop in New York City. I am beyond thrilled to be working with them and will post pictures soon when I visit the shop in early April.