Creating art quilts is how I can be "plaid" in a "striped" world.
Monday, May 21, 2012
My Art Glass Clamshell
The Pacific Northwest is a hot spot for art glass "hot shops" and Tacoma is home to the renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly and his Museum of Glass. For Mother's Day my son and daughter-in-law gifted me with a blow-your-own glass experience. Here's what I learned: molten glass from the crucible is HOT HOT HOT (about 2100 degrees) and once you have some on your rod you have to work fast and keep sticking it back in a "glory hole" to keep it molten. Here's what I actually did: chose four colors and a finished shape. My teacher did all the handling while I occasionally rolled the rod that held the red hot glass bubble and blew into a 3 foot long rubber tube when he said blow. Never was I tempted to remove my thick leather gloves and was I glad I only wore a light t-shirt. All in all a very exciting half hour.
Should I trade in my sewing machine for a crucible? Whaddya think?