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.