Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy
Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy

Monsters that Live at the Glass Academy

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The  Head Monster

These monsters are loosely based upon the faceless cloth dolls made by the amish for their children.  These dolls allow the owner to project their own expressions, based on their diverse thoughts throughout the day, upon the doll.  Through the experience of projecting their emotions onto the dolls, children are able to find a true companion.  One to help them to cope, share, and explore their new feelings without the stigma of a smiling doll always looking back at them.

So the idea comes to me, often times the Monsters in our adult lives are the ones we create are in our own heads.  What if we had a tool to process our emotions in the same way?

The fears, insecurities, the “I’m too…(fat, thin, lazy, etc.)" are just a few of the feelings that roll thru our heads as adults.  The list is personalized and can feel endless at times, creating internal Monsters for all of us. 

These "Head Monsters" ride along the same theme as the Amish dolls.  No eyes, only lips adorn the round expressionless shape, allowing you to project your own thoughts and feelings on to them.  Let them take on the Monsters in your head!!

Featuring curly hair, round body and full red lips, this female Monster displays features typically associated with beauty.  The surface traits draw us in; playful, colorful, and intriguing.  One can recognize one's self, friends, or family in their subtle traits.  Each one having it’s own dynamic that makes it unique.

Release those inner “Monsters”.  Pick one of these Head Monsters that resonates best with you! With the peace of mind that those lips are sealed, share your secrets, dreams, and goals with them!  These Monsters are a safe haven for all that you dare to dream!!

Here's two songs that seemed to resonate with me when making the monsters.  You can play the songs for a bit of inspiration!!

The Monster: Eminem

Skeleton: Fionn

 

 Block bucket Sapsuckers

          Cherrywood, from the great American cherry tree is the wood that has been the glass industries preferred material for blow molds, paddles, and wood blocks for over 400 years. In 1607 the Virginia Company from London settled Jamestown and provided resources to start a glasshouse there in 1608. This was the first attempt to establish glassmaking in the Americas.  They brought the knowledge along with tools and materials to help with this new adventure in this new land. 

          Back in London the glass makers would use a type of wood that was close to what the American Cherry wood was but not quite the same in a curiously strange way. 

The Sapurellous tree was dense and very hard, which made it perfect to use in the glass factory because it wouldn’t burn easily. It also had a rich sweet aroma when it was burning from the glass that would effect the glassblowers in a strange and mystical way.  Many Master Gaffers would tell stories of their fathers and their fathers fathers seeing these small little creatures running and moving about in the factories dark areas during the long production days. They would even suggest that the smoke from the burning Sapurellous wood tools would make them hallucinate and this was when the small 6 toed creatures would begin to appear. 

         Folklore stated that the Block Bucket Sapsuckers came from a larvae that was in the wood when it was brought back form deep in the forest. After crafting the wooden blocks to shape the glass they were put in a large bucket to soak in order to prolong their usages with the water soaking in and acting as a resist to the 2000 degree glass burning up the tools. But what they didn’t know is that the molten glass burning the Sapurellous blocks released the larvae and they would grow into Sapsuckers in the dark and warm block buckets. 

          The most dangerous of the Sapsuckers are the adults. They can be between 7”-12” tall and can run close to 20 MPH. They have a large tentacle type arm on the top of their heads that they use to grab onto things and propel themselves into the air or even up onto tables and shelves. They are frequently seen on top of the annealing ovens because of the warmth. They have large developed white eyes which help them see in dark places, as well as a strange human like nose that is one of its most powerful senses. They love the smell of sweating glassblowers and it drives them into a frenzy. Many glass blowers have spoken about feeling strange suction like bites on the lower legs during their production day. It is told that while using the wooden block and breathing in the smoke, the gaffer may slip into a amorphic trance for just a few seconds. This is just enough time for the adult Sapsucker to run under the bench and attach itself to the glassblowers calf. At this very moment the large red suction cup like lips lap up the sweat of the glassblower and it scurries back to its dark hide out until it has an opportunity to get another taste. 

            The babies that are only about a third of the size of the adults are much slower and really never have the opportunity to have a taste of a glassblowers fresh perspiration. They can usually be found in dirty clothing baskets in the night when the glass factory is not in operation. The warm heat and sweat soaked clothing is a perfect nest for these cute little creatures. Only through the folklore stories told by the generations of glassblowers from London has the likeness of what the Block Bucket Sapsuckers appearance looks like.  How their larvae made it over the seas and into the American glass factories might be obvious but the mystery will always be can one ever be caught alive and will they stay in the glass factories or will they spread into warm sweat filled workplaces of out modern society?  

The Cullet Monster

Birthed in the dark and dusty corners of glass studios around the world - the Cullet Monster is a rare site to be seen. They are technically placed in the bottom-feeder class of monsters, as they thrive and nourish themselves off the broken and discarded pieces of glass left behind by human glass artists.

With their spherical shape and dark metallic color they blend in easily with a glass studios equipment, moving from shadow to shadow, while their distinct texture gives them great grip on a concrete floor allowing them to move at dizzying speeds! Their traits are ever evolving as time goes by - within the last century glassblowers have noticed a metallic sheen beginning to present itself upon the surface of the CM. We believe this is to create a defensive glare against the ever increasing presence of cameras in the work environment. You see, when a cullet monster is spotted whilst retrieving a knockoff piece of glass, the monster is instantly frozen in time. 

It is said to be that competition runs strong within the various Cullet Monster clans - as a means of proving yourself and your place within the clan, the CM’s will be expected to make dangerous and precise cullet runs. We believe this is how and why we are able to spot and catch them. The longest lasting and most sufficient cullet grabber is always presented with the tastiest and most nutritional colored cullets. 

It is also believed that there is and only ever will be a finite number of cullet monster spirits within each indented studio. As they are spotted, they are reborn as a fresh new baby cullet monster. In the spirit of keeping their core value of competition high within their community, and to give the elders the respect they deserve, we ask that you always keep a steady eye on our cullet as we turn our backs. We have high hopes that in the broader cullet monster community, we will always strive to be one of the top destinations for competition. Happy hunting!

 

 

 

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