Empty Nest Trip Pt 2-Embracing Chaos

Keeping with our unplanned theme of adventuring we headed to Austin. Since we find glass blowing interesting I googled a studio and off we went. When arrived the Artist Glenda Kronke welcomed us in and was very kind to show us around her studio! (Especially since we were completely unknown to her and unannounced!!) She explained that her partner, the glass blower, had moved to Seattle, so now she is solo in her studio. Glenda has been creating glass art for 35 years! She is known for her fused glass seascape designs.

As we talked, she showed us a new style she has been working on. The concept came from her research of chaos theory. This quote resonated in her mind “Creativity is at the edge of chaos.” Psychologist Robert Bilder

I feel absolutely privileged to have come across an artist at a time of new discovery! I found it amazing listening to the mental and physical processes of her creativity!

Her current work is bringing traditional glass art into a more chaotic space. She was gracious enough to allow us to purchase an early piece in this evolving style. This piece is called “A Chaotic Rift”

After we said our good byes we headed out. For our next stop we found ourselves at at the Hope Outdoor Gallery .

While there we were struck by the running concept of the day;

Creative thinking involves dual and often opposing qualities such as convergence and divergence, control and abandon, order and disorder, certainty and uncertainty.

Creativity and Chaos by Douglas Eby

This day really got me thinking about the recent post of my daughters thoughts on mental health and how truly important creativity is. Our society has moved so far away from allowing creativity to be common. Instead it’s reserved for the eclectic or the defiant. Most schools do not encourage creative thinking. In the school environment, creativity can be considered pathological behavior as opposed to the compliant traits of being reliable, sincere, good-natured, responsible, tolerant, and peaceable — the qualities associated with the lowest levels of creativity,” writes Cevin Soling. Openness to new experiences and a “disagreeable personality” are also associated with creative achievement, two attributes not always found in schools.

On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes Katrina Schwartz.

Take a look into almost any educational institution and you find children who need to be robotic to “fit” the good student role. We have our kids on drugs to fit in and teen suicide is on the rise. Could the fact that “…one of the most important parts of creativity is its connection to emotions and the visceral parts of the brain.” “Neuroimaging experiments show us that we use the very same neural systems to feel our bodies as to feel our relationships, our moral judgments, and our creative inspiration,” said Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, a professor at USC’s Rossier School of Education and an expert on the neuroscience of learning and creativity On the Edge of Chaos

And yet being creative, independent and spontaneous is frowned upon. Administrators need to allow teachers the freedom to embrace their students individuality.

I am so thrilled our completely unplanned day brought us to such diverse artistic styles and unique people. This Day has reminded us of the importance of leaving our “bubble” and embracing the chaos.


  1. Debbie I love your writing! Dave and I realize more and more that it is VERY important to get some time away from the bubble (where we live and our lifestyle). It is one of the few benefits of the empty nest. Yes, I still miss having kids at home!!

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