Thursday, April 05, 2007

Back to the Green, green grass of HOME!

We're back from San Bird doo (San Bernadino) & our vacation! We had such a marvelous time!!
I pulled an Angel card before we left and it said "education"....boy was that the truth! I thought that I would share our time with you ;)

This is a "glory hole" It's where off hand workers pick up and heat their glass while making...something wonderful...that hopefully makes it into the annealer to cool. It's hot in there!!

Here's the "Motley Crew" watching the demos and as you can see having a great time in the sun.....see Michael in there!! See all the gray hair...these are all people that we/Michael has known for at least 30 years....before the gray came in!! How lovely to have this community of amazing glassworkers as friends.

This is Fritz Dreisbach and two of his pieces of art that were on display in the museum at California State University San Bernadino.
This man is a say the least! He made a red pick up truck for his demo....wish that I had a photo but it went into the annealer and takes about three days to "come down" to room temp....ah well such is life with hot glass! At least it made it into the annealer!!

This is the amazing Loren you are in my territory. Loren is a torch worker, as am I......See FIRE!!
Michael and I spent the good part of a day watching him make a very large garden paperweight.
Loren makes the most impressive murrini...which is a mosaic of very small stringers of glass put side by side to make a picture.
The picture on the top right is just a small piece of the larger murrini below it.....AND the larger one is about 3 inches tall....see what I mean...impressive!! Even the Madonna & Son are pointing in admiration!
Here's the only good picture that I could get...and hey, it's not that great....of the paperweight that took him 5 hours to produce. It really was quite lovely and we learned a lot from spending the afternoon with Loren. He is a most gracious demonstrator and teacher. Normally a 5 day class with him costs $1,000.....I'm saving my pennys ;)

Another artist who has been in our glass world for as long as I can remember is Dick Marquis. Here are some of his recent pieces. His teapots are all over the world. He made one at the show but unfortunately taking pictures of hot spinning glass is basically impossible...unless you like pictures that are out of focus. (The link I included will show you one, if you are interested). I think that his new work is amazing as well and it was a pleasure to watch him!

This is a piece by Dante Marioni....WOW is all that I can say about this gift from Italy. His family has been working glass for centuries and it certainly does show!! He has taken the best forms and techniques from his lineage and coupled it with the new things from America & is what I would consider a Master in his own right. Check out his link and see what I'm talking about.....
Not to mention....he's not bad on the eyes, if you know what I mean ;)

On the way home we stopped and visited with our good friends....Will Carlton & Chris Anderson. They are a husband and wife glassblowing team. Michael use to blow glass with/for Will when we lived in San Luis Obispo. They have a beautiful home and studio in the Central California coastal hills.
They are now building a beautiful new home on their property...and are manifesting a new dream of having weddings in their garden. We really enjoyed our evening and morning with the two of them!!

We are home now....getting ready for the next a's the Bead Work Expo in Oakland. I will be going by myself this time. Michael is going to be working on stock for Maryland Sheep and Wool which we are doing in May. Life is busy and full....and even exciting!!


At Friday, April 06, 2007 12:35:00 PM, Anonymous Cara said...

Beautiful glass! Thanks for sharing it all.

At Friday, April 06, 2007 1:18:00 PM, Blogger Romi said...

Wow! What fabulous eye candy! Thank you for sharing it! I'm planning on going to the Beadwork Expo, so I'll stop by and see you! :)

At Friday, April 06, 2007 10:12:00 PM, Blogger Barb said...

Welcome back! I'm glad you got some vacation time and had some fun. You got some great photos. Thanks for sharing!

At Saturday, April 07, 2007 2:12:00 PM, Blogger Angela said...

Thank you for sharing the beauty and the experience. It gave me shivers up my spine!

I'll have to get back into pulling angel cards, it's been a while and when you mentioned it and reminded me, I realized I've been missing that gentle focus.

At Saturday, April 07, 2007 11:41:00 PM, Blogger AlisonH said...

Wow and wow!

At Sunday, April 08, 2007 10:21:00 PM, Anonymous Sam said...

Thanks for sharing your photos, Sheila - you got very good shots! I'm so glad that you got some vacation time. Welcome home. :-)

At Monday, April 09, 2007 5:06:00 AM, Blogger CarolineF said...

What fun! There is so much going on in the world, I don't understand how anyone can ever say they are bored. Knit. Learn to blow glass. Whatever. Just do something. That purple glass piece is particularly beautiful.

At Wednesday, April 11, 2007 7:17:00 AM, Blogger kimber said...

What are angel cards?

All that glass work is so very lovely. I keep one of your buttons in my wallet just to look at when I need a pick me up. It sounds like you two had a wonderful time! Yahoo!

At Wednesday, April 11, 2007 2:20:00 PM, Anonymous Lisa S said...

Good job, baby. I hope that you can show people what it is that goes into what you do. Thos of us who know and love it are already captivated by the hypnotic beauty of your glass but we need to impress upon people just how time consuming and joyful the creation of just one button can be.
I love being taken along for the ride. I pictured it but now it is in my mind for real. Don't you just start looking around at your peers going...who are all of these OLD people? After all...WE are not old. Right?

At Friday, April 20, 2007 1:38:00 PM, Blogger jenknits said...

See you soon in MD!


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