Friday, May 2, 2008

How do you do that?

To paraphrase from my first blog: if I had a nickle for every person that asked me "how did you do that?", I'd be sitting on a beach, sipping a margarita.

For the most part, handblown glass is an unknown. People use it everyday, see it everyday, but have no idea how it's made. Thanks to artists like Dale Chihuly, more and more seem to 'be in the know.' He is a wiz at marketing and PR......and because of that, he is a household name (well, in the glass world, at least).

And I thank him for that. I once had a conversation with a glass friend, and we were discussing what Chihuly has done for US.....the little people in the glass world. I felt like I wouldn't be here if it weren't for Chihuly. My friend felt otherwise. We debated a bit, and he raised some good points, but I'm still grateful. And thankful.

Chihuly has brought glassblowing- the 'how it's made' into our living rooms through PBS specials and awesome exhibits worldwide. People flock to see his work, and awe over his massive chandeliers that hang in countless venues. He opened the door for people like me to do what I love to do. And now, more and more people know 'how I did that.'

If you're still wondering, do a search for Dale Chihuly.....he'll show you how.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

March 18, 2008

My first blog. Hmmm. Where to begin?

First, by explaining what this is all about. I love what I do, and I do what I love. It's that simple, really. In my 10 years as a glassblower, I've heard alot, seen alot and realize that there is so much more to experience. And this is my opportunity to let you know what it 's like to be a glassblower.

If I had a dime for every time someone asked if I make smoking paraphanelia, I'd be sitting on my own island oasis, feet up, sipping a margarita.

That's not what I make, or want to make, or will ever make. I work with soft glass......furnace work, as it's called. I'm not against those that make those products, I just choose not to.

I make what I call fun.ctional objects. Fun and functional. And there is nothing I make that I wouldn't want to own. I think that's important, and helps keep me inspired. As an artist, it can be difficult to find new ideas, and I've learned that it's easier when I look at my own life, and what I want in it.

So, that's a good beginning. I hope to find inspiration through this process, too. I welcome any comments or suggestions on what you'd like to see, and read. Enjoy.