Glassblowing 30

I love the tactile precision and sharp angles of stained glass, creating pictures from pieces of memory, coloured silicon dioxide and copper ephemera. I love the measured heat of the torch when flameworking – the steady rhythm, the dance with gravity, the smooth feel of what was once molten against the wrist.

But glassblowing, with its powerful blasts of soul-searing heat and constant demand for energy and focus as you manipulate and fight and dance with the forces of nature – this is the rare and longed for experience that comes so rarely to a denizen of southeastern Illinois.

This is why, for my 30th birthday, K and I invested in some studio experience at J & C Glass Studio and the Glass Bubble Project in Cleveland, Ohio. These are the results:

 

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