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Sights & Sounds of the Glass Studio

Sights & Sounds of the Glass Studio

There’s a reason a glassblowing studio is also called a hot shop. The glass is hot, the tools can get hot and, well, so do you. The heat may just be the first thing you experience when walking inside. But, it’s not the only thing happening. Listen closely and you’ll hear the roar of the … Continue reading

Tool Tuesday: paper cutter

Tool Tuesday: paper cutter

Confession: I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler. The same goes for cutting. What’s that have to do with glass? Well, paper is an important part of how I share my work.  It conveys the title of a piece, a bit about the process and helps to introduce me to you. My trusty … Continue reading

Tool Tuesday: glass

Tool Tuesday: glass

I guess I don’t generally think of it that way, but probably the most important tool in glassblowing is the glass. It comes out of the furnace clear, at a working temperature of 2080 degrees fahrenheit. Whether you’re adding color, making something that will fit in the palm of your hand or that will need … Continue reading

Tool Tuesday: the box

Tool Tuesday: the box

“Don’t love it ‘til it’s in the box. Well, actually, out of the box.” This is something that you learn very early in glass blowing. “The box” is the annealer. Any piece you create needs to make it safely into, and then out of, the annealer. Once inside the box, your piece of glass is … Continue reading

Tool Tuesday: keeping it hot

Tool Tuesday: keeping it hot

While you’ll never get the glass as hot as it was when it came out of the furnace, the glass does need to be hot for you to work with it. And every second you work with it, it’s cooling. That means you need to reheat. That’s where a reheating oven, called a glory hole, … Continue reading

Tool Tuesday: the furnace

Tool Tuesday: the furnace

I issued a challenge in my last post–a challenge to myself and other makers to share more about what it really takes to make something by hand. I’ll get things started with an introduction to some of the tools that are essential for my work in glass. The bulk of my making happens in the … Continue reading

defining handmade

defining handmade

Etsy announced some big changes on Tuesday—changes that have the potential to redefine handmade. I watched the live Town Hall and have been unpacking a big bag of thoughts, feelings and ideas since. I opened my first Etsy shop on August 31, 2006. At the time, Etsy was a relatively new e-commerce site—a marketplace for people … Continue reading