Hey, my name is Fred and I’ve been Blowing glass for over 30 years and I’ve been working at the Glass Academy for about 8 years. One of the great things about working here is that nearly everyday my job is different, well sort of, well not really so much so lately.
It seems that the last month and one half, Becca, my assistant and myself have been busily making birds nest for the Easter show. I’m not really sure how they figure we’re a good team at this task, ok, sure we made 500 nest last year for a special event, in addition to the nest we made for last years Easter show. So we’ve had a little bit of practice. I get it.
So one may think this could get boring, very boring, but its not and that’s why I’ve found glassblowing to be a most fascinating trade for 30 years. Every time I sit down at the bench, even though I’ve made the same piece one thousand times, there is something new to learn about the piece, there is always something to improve upon and the birds nest are no exception. While it appears as if the pattern of the threads of glass are very random, as they are made the threads are applied in a very regular fashion. I always like to get a triangle formed at the bottom, slightly off center so that the nest has a good bottom to sit on and will also sit with a little lean. I think that gives the nest a good organic look, which is what I’m going for every time I make one.
Hope to see you at the show this weekend. April 5th & 6th. Stop by and pick out the nest that best suits you, or if you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, commission a glassblower to make exactly what you want as you watch. It doesn’t get any better than that. See you this weekend.
Your Artisan glassblower,