Crazy Ladies

We all know one. Maybe you are one. Or at least you have similar hair. Whether you are the Crazy Lady in someone's life or have one in yours, nearly everyone can relate. 

Over the years, all sorts have people have been drawn to my Crazy Ladies, for various reasons. Some find solidarity in the whimsical eyes and elaborate hair. Others long for the freedom to be their true crazy selves. 

 Wonderfully colorful Crazy Ladies 

Wonderfully colorful Crazy Ladies 

You can find more details on my Crazy Ladies under the Other Crazy Things tab on this site.

As always, thanks for visiting and please feel free to contact me here or at moragdesigns@gmail.com

Flying Fish

After a week away, it's time to get back into the swing of things. I've had a busy week cutting, drilling, firing, and packing up orders. 

My most recently finished order are these beautiful flying fish. This blue-hued school is  headed to the Afishinados gallery on Catalina Island and will fit in nicely with the locals.

 I can imagine these fish hanging in the window of the gallery and gazing longingly out at the ocean, hoping to charm their way into a permanent water-front window. 

I design fish in all sizes and colors and numbers. My fish look great in groups or as a solo catch. I can be reached  here on the blog or at moragdesigns@gmail.com.

 

Another Haul

Last week I introduced you to a school of brilliant cobalt fish and they were so well received I wanted to show off some more species.

This group plays up texture and patterns and would look great in a home bursting with color. Whether individually, in pairs, or as a whole school, these fish are instant eye catchers and guaranteed conversation starters.

 A colorful catch waits to be strung up.

A colorful catch waits to be strung up.

As always, if you see something you like, or you have an idea for a piece you'd like to bring to life, please reach out to me on this site or at moragdesigns@gmail.com. 

Catch of the Day

I recently completed this school of fish and just had to  share them with you all.

These creatures allowed me to play with size and color and I had a blast making them. I gave each fish it's own current to swim in, using various blues to represent the flow of water, and love how the colors came to life after firing.

 This colorful bunch can't wait to sparkle in their new home.

This colorful bunch can't wait to sparkle in their new home.

Image how stunning this batch of fish will look in a sunlight window?

Like my traditional window panel hangings, these fish can be ordered individually or in a group. If you're interest in adding a fish to your collection, please contact me here or at moragdesigns@gmail.com.  Thanks for stopping by!

A Simple Slice

A few weeks ago I got a call about doing a single hanging piece, so I thought I would take this opportunity to show some more in progress photos. 

The glass I am working with for this piece is called a striker. When fired, this glass gains a richer, bolder color. I love the aesthetic change the glass undergoes once I get it in my kiln. 

Here are the same pieces assembled and wrapped. Notice how much darker the glass became once it was fired. I love the contrast with the copper wire and playing in these warm tones.

I really enjoy creating these one-of-a-kind pieces and want people to know that I design for all shapes and sizes. Think of these window pieces as a pie: you can order a single slice or, if you're feeling daring, an entire pie! And there is no limit to how many pieces you can order in your pie.

Thanks as always for stopping by and checking out my latest creation. Please feel free to reach out to me here or at moragdesigns@gmail.com for questions, comments, or general wonderment. Happy spring everybody!

 

Earth Tones

I've been getting a lot of inquires about the window hangings lately. I love hearing from clients and collaborating on designs.

Here is a custom piece I've been working on:

These pieces just came out of the kiln and are waiting to be wrapped and beaded. This is also the stage where I swap out different colors and play around with arrangements.

Here is an up close of the ends of the panels. You can really see the texture of the glass, especially in the purple leaf. 

I can't wait to see this piece in its permanent home. I will be taking pictures of the installation process and will update the blog with the photos. As always, thanks for stopping by.

Window Dressings for All

Every window deserves to be dressed!

This skinny mudroom window is the perfect spot for a window hanging. It's one of the first things guests see when they enter the house and is also visible from the street.

 I enjoy pushing myself to design for shaped windows and spaces and love playing off of the natural landscape. The plums and blush tones of this piece pop against the crisp, white snow outside, and I couldn't help but sneak in a promise of spring with a little green leaf.\

As always, I am available for in-home consultations. If you have a window, wall, alcove, or other space in need of some color love, please reach out to me on this site and at moragdesigns@gmail.com. 

 

Bringing in Spring

Just because there is still snow on the ground doesn't mean Spring isn't on everyone's mind. Bring Spring into your home with a sunny window hanging, like this one, featuring posh little birds. Perfect for any room of the house or as a featured piece in a baby's room or nursery. 

Have an idea or color scheme in mind that you want to bring to life? Keep checking back here for more inspiration, or contact Morag for a consultation. 

More Color samples

This vibrant purple and green slice of a much larger 13 piece hanging shows the versatility of these window hangings. Designed to go in a much larger space, this sampling was plucked out of the larger installation and  hung in an entry way to welcome visitors. 

Even without a bright sunny background the colors come through beautifully. 

Designs for all different shapes and sizes of windows are constantly being created in the Morag Design studios. If you have a window or entry way you're looking to emphasis, contact Morag for a consultation. 

Brighten up your life

We are now almost a fourth of the way through 2015! 

It's good for the head and the heart to change up the scenery every once and a while. Custom window hangings from Morag Designs are a colorful way to update any room in your home.

What I love about designing pieces for clients homes is that I get to visit the space where the hanging will live. I draw inspiration from the room and the light and the color palate and personality of a home and try and create a piece that compliments those aesthetics.

My favorite thing about these window pieces is their reaction to the light. As the day progresses so does the relationship of glass inside and the sun outside. 

 Mid-morning colors

Mid-morning colors

 Late afternoon light

Late afternoon light

I design for almost any size window. If you are interested in a custom window piece, please feel free to reach out to my here, on my blog, or email me at moragdesigns@gmail.com.

 

Evolution of a Monkey

Inspired by all the creatures currently roaming the Morag Designs studio, an intrepid client requested a monkey tile. Don't mind if I do! 

First came some brainstorming. Because glass is very unforgiving most of the time, I prefer to design in a more elementary way: paper shapes!

Once I've settled on a rough outline I start to replicate my design in glass. I start with an a smooth glass tile as my background and construct the body of the monkey. I try to use a combination of scrape glass and custom cut pieces to create my designs, and I like the idea of finding a use for all of the materials that end up in my studio.


When I'm satisfied with the arrangement I send Mr. Bananas here to the kiln to bake. And I cross my fingers that he decides to stay in place during the process!

 

It's always a bit of a guessing game opening up the kiln after a firing- sometimes my art likes to take some creative liberties and re-arrange itself while baking.

Please check back next week to see how our primate friend turned out! And thanks for your interest in my process! 

Welcome to the Jungle

On any given day you can find giraffes, elephants, or zebras- oh my!- in the Morag Designs studio. Each piece is individually designed and assembled, and complimented with wire, buttons, and other found accents. All animals are named and come with unique histories. Stay tuned to find out who these characters become.

 A herd of Morag Design animals await finishing touches.

A herd of Morag Design animals await finishing touches.

See something you like? Reach out and let Morag know! These animals are great house-warming gifts and don't require daily feedings.

Full Hearts

We're less than a month away from Valentines Day and some beautiful creations are coming out of the Morag Designs studio. These abstract hearts are available in Salt Lake City at Utah Artist Hands and Evergreen Framing Co. & Gallery, and in Park City, Utah, at Paisley Pomegranate.  

  Hearts are available in a range of colors and make a wonderful, unique Valentines Day gift.

Hearts are available in a range of colors and make a wonderful, unique Valentines Day gift.

Full Hearts

We're less than a month away from Valentines Day and some beautiful creations are coming out of the Morag Designs studio. These abstract hearts are available in Salt Lake City at Utah Artist Hands and Evergreen Framing Co. & Gallery, and in Park City, Utah, at Paisley Pomegranate.

Hearts are available in a range of colors and make a wonderful, unique Valentines Day gift.

Be Still My Heart

Happy New Year all! Here's to another year filled with art!

Spread love in 2015 with heart inspired pieces from Morag Designs. Just in time for Valentines Day, these Hearts On A String ornaments will be available in Paisley Pomegranate in Park City, and Evergreen Framing Co. & Gallery and Utah Artist Hands in Salt Lake City.

 Heart On A String ornaments

Heart On A String ornaments

It's the final countdown!

We're in the single digits now on the Christmas countdown! Have you made your list and checked it twice? Finish up your shopping or grab some last minute gifts at several local galleries.

 

Pick up these bright birds at Utah Artist Hands, located on 163 East Broadway (300 South), in Salt Lake City.

This giraffe, Spots to Spare, can be found at Evergreen Framing Co. & Gallery in Salt Lake City, on 3295 South 200 East, a long with other original Morag Designs gifts.

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Is your tree looking bare? Fill it up with Morag's Christmas Tree ornaments, available at Paisley Pomegranate in Park City, Utah, in the Red Stone Shopping Center, 1675 Redstone Center Dr.

There's still time to get Morag Designs gifts for everyone on your list!

Give the gift of art this season with unique, affordable ornaments and glass by Morag Designs.

This colorful giraffe and other unique animal designs are available in Salt Lake City at Evergreen Framing Co. & Gallery, located on 3295 South 200 East. Evergreen also carries other Morag Design gifts, like crosses and assorted ornaments. 

 

Perfect as a house warming or hostess gift, these Christmas Tree ornaments can be found at Paisley Pomegranate in Park City, Utah, in the Red Stone Shopping Center, 1675 Redstone Center Dr.

Add some color and inspiration to your New Year with these beautiful bird ornaments, available at Utah Artist Hands, on 163 East Broadway (300 South), in Salt Lake City.

Where to find Morag Designs gifts

It's already the first week of December, which means you have a few short weeks to finish your holiday shopping!

Give the gift of art this season with unique, affordable ornaments and glass by Morag Designs.

These festive pups are currently available at Salt Lake City's Evergreen Framing Co. & Gallery, located on 3295 South 200 East. Evergreen also carries other Morag Design gifts, like crosses and assorted ornaments. 

 Puppy Tiles, available at Evergreen Framing Co & Gallery

Puppy Tiles, available at Evergreen Framing Co & Gallery

Perfect as a house warming or hostess gift, these Loving Homes ornaments can be found at Paisley Pomegranate in Park City, Utah, in the Red Stone Shopping Center, 1675 Redstone Center Dr.

 Loving Homes, available at Paisley Pomegranate 

Loving Homes, available at Paisley Pomegranate 

Add some color to your tree with these festive glass ornaments, available at Utah Artist Hands, on 163 East Broadway (300 South), in Salt Lake City.

 Colorful, holiday cheer, at Utah Artist Hands

Colorful, holiday cheer, at Utah Artist Hands

TONIGHT: Gallery Event to Benefit The Utah Humane Society

Don't forget to stop by Evergreen Framing Co. & Gallery tonight, Friday, November 21, from 6pm- 9pm to check out fabulous art from local artists. 20% of all sales will be donated to The Utah Humane Society.

This will be a great chance to view some animal-themed art, help out our furry friends, and kick off the holiday season. We hope to see you there!

 

Evergreen Framing Co. & Gallery

Friday, November 21, 6pm- 9pm

3295 South 2000 East

Salt Lake City, UT 84109

 Sky will be at Evergreen along with many other colorful animals from the Morag Designs Studio.

Sky will be at Evergreen along with many other colorful animals from the Morag Designs Studio.

Don't forget: Morag does custom orders! Hoping to surprise someone with a unique gift? Contact Morag for a consultation. 

 

 

For the Love of Pets

Several animals from the Morag Designs studio will be in attendance at the Evergreen Framing Co. & Gallery's "Art of and for Pets" charity event., Friday, November 21, 2014, 5:30 pm- 9:00 pm. Please join Morag and other local artists as they come together to support The Utah Humane Society.

 

 Come check out these puppies and other friends at Evergreen Framing Co & Gallery.

Come check out these puppies and other friends at Evergreen Framing Co & Gallery.

20% of all sales from this evening will be donated to The Utah Humane Society, and opportunity drawings will be held with prizes from local supporters. Puppies, and kitties, and bunnies, oh my!

 

Evergreen Framing Co. & Gallery

3295 South 2000 East

Salt Lake City, UT 84109