Playing With Broken Glass

One of the many reasons that I love state and national parks is that they seem to be filled with quinoa and kale eating, tree hugging, sacred moment seeking, nuts just like Jason and me.

We drive into a state park, hit a trail to get some dirt on our shoes, see some people, and I turn to Jason and say – “these are my people.”  You can just tell.  (It might have something to do with the fact that their kids and our kids are both wearing that look on their faces that says “I wish I were at Disney World,” but that’s what grandparents are for in our family.)

On Sunday afternoon – I learned just how full of like minded souls the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park really is when Jack and I decided to take an art class offered by the Friends of the Porkies.  Seriously – an art class in a state park – how perfectly Kerri McFarland can you get.  The only thing missing was yarn, but don’t worry I had my own yarn with me just in case! 

The class was on how to make a Upper Peninsula of Michigan stepping stone using stained glass and concrete.  These should be a lot of fun to bring home on the plane.

Check out this table of gorgeous glass pieces.  I found all of the 1000’s of pieces of colored glass to be absolutely, positively fascinating.  In fact – my favorite part of the class was playing with the broken glass.  I was enchanted, but I regularly “delight” the McFarland men by making them look at all of the wonderful shades of green in the woods when we hike or the colors in my variegated yarn.

The people in the class were incredibly kind and welcoming.  Most of them were locals (Yoopers), but they didn’t mind a couple of folks from Kentucky joining them. 

Jack really lowered the age demographic of the group.  He was the youngest person by 30 years!  I haven’t felt this young since an Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly.

Jack decided to stick with the theme of the class and made an Upper Peninsula of Michigan stepping stone which meant that Jack spent quite a bit of time carefully working with a wet saw.

I was very impressed his “saw-manship” and thrilled that he kept all of his lovely, long fingers.  I am really attached to Jack’s fingers.  He has nice fingers.

Jack’s stepping stone design was cool too!

I have always been drawn to abstract art, and I like to go my own way.  Big surprise – I know.  So – I went with an abstract depiction of Lake Superior at sunset (very, very, very abstract!)

We live in such a busy, fast-paced world.  It was an incredible blessing to spend time playing with color, concrete, and kindred spirits.

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