In my year of working there, I can honestly say that there is never a dull moment photographing for The Glass Academy. I have gotten closer to molten glass this past year than I ever imagined I would—and even have made a couple of paperweights myself! Photographing the art of glass blowing brings the word “handcrafted” to a whole new level for me. I feel as if I have learned the art through the lens. In other words, to photograph the process, you have to know the process. It is crucial to be aware of the right moments to catch and to be able to anticipate the next step. Moving alongside the glassblowers to get the shot and not get burned can be a tricky challenge, but a fun one!
I have to say, some of the most exciting things to photograph is the many Glass Academy events. Seeing the expressions on onlookers’ faces as they watch the glass take on a new life right in front of their eyes never gets old—especially if it is a customer’s custom design. The most exciting event to date is definitely the Eastern Market demonstration. The Market has such a unique and diverse atmosphere, and The Glass Academy fit right in alongside all of the local farmers and craftsmen. From Michelle and Chris parading around the crowded streets with giant percola reeds—like I said, never a dull moment—to the live outdoor demos on a beautiful spring day, this event topped them all. It was so awesome to see people experiencing glassblowing for the first time, and in my opinion, I think the glass-blown sunflowers gave the actual Flower Day flowers a run for their money! Plus, you don’t have to water them. Bonus!