First thing in the morning John heads down to the studio to light the glory hole so that it is hot by the time we finish breakfast. After breakfast we walk down the hill from the house using the stone steps we built with our kids over a summer when they were young and past .....
First thing in the morning John heads down to the studio to light the glory hole so that it is hot by the time we finish breakfast. After breakfast we walk down the hill from the house using the stone steps we built with our kids over a summer when they were young and past our flower gardens to the studio. We enter and on the main level is our gallery space with prints from John’s father’s studio and our glass. As we go down the stairs, we see a wall with our early blown work. Our assistant, Bethany, and her exuberant dog, Cypress, greet us.
The downstairs consists of three main work spaces: the hotshop/flex room, the cold working room, and the wax/mold room. This morning we start in the hotshop while Bethany works on waxes. We are working on spheres for our next project. First, we lay out the colors and patterns and make sure the tools are set up. Right before we start blowing we both put on our safety glasses, open the windows, turn on the fans, and lift the top of the furnace. John starts the first sphere by picking up the color, gathering clear glass from the furnace, rounding it with a wood block, and blowing a small bubble. Kate paints fiberglass with enamel to wind on the piece after John gets the second gather. Once the fiberglass is on, John gathers clear glass one more time and we blow the sphere out until it is the desired size. Kate starts the next sphere after the first is put into the annealing oven. We make six spheres of a variety of sizes and colors over the morning. Some have mica, gold leaf, or fiberglass while others are just color. On the biggest sphere Bethany assists us by opening doors, turning the pipe, and blowing. By 11 am we have drunk a couple of quarts of water each. After we finish the spheres we pull quarter inch clear cane and shut down the glory hole and close up the furnace. It is the hottest day this spring, too hot to blow glass in the afternoon.
About 12:30pm we all head up the house to get lunch. We have leftover kale with bacon, zucchini, and red beans and rice on the back deck that looks out over a pond and into the woods. Kate slices up the pear. Cypress is running around the edge of the pond pouncing on bugs. We enjoy the sunshine, watch the birds and animals, and talk while we eat. At the end of lunch we have a square or two of dark chocolate and head to the garden below the studio to plant kale, collards, and onions then head back to work.
John diamond saws spheres and Kate goes upstairs to make a few phone calls before she goes down and looks at the waxes Bethany has been working on. For the rest of the afternoon Kate and Bethany focus on waxes and cold working. John spends the afternoon sawing spheres and cold working the edges of them.
At 5 o’clock Bethany heads home and we begin to wind down our day in the studio and go for a short walk before our webinar at 6pm. After the webinar we prepare dinner and talk with our daughter on her commute home from work. John grills salmon and zucchini and makes lemon, olive oil, oregano, and salt sauce for the fish. Kate prepares broccoli and basmati rice. We eat outside and talk about what we are working on in the studio and where we are going hiking this weekend with our daughter. Our day ends listening to a book followed by a late night call from our two sons in LA as they drive home from work.
Luminous Intergalactic Stellar Spheres
- Process: Glass and steel, with programmed LED lighting.
- Size: 12 x 54 x 39.5 Inches
Habatat Glass invites you to celebrate the
47th year of our International Glass Exhibition.
We are extremely proud to have founded the oldest and largest annual glass exhibition in the world.
Grand Opening: Saturday, May 4th at 8:00pm | Exhibition: May 4th – July 5th