Photo above: Eran warming up a glass rod in preparation to make a marble.
|Ventilation hood covered in various stickers. Park’s shop mate Alan working at the torch.|
Park walks through various tools, explains a little bit about glass and the different types. His studio works exclusively with borosilicate glass. Once he finished the overview, he did a marble making demo, explaining what he was doing and why throughout.
|Park creating a marble during a class demo.|
|Park adds dots to the exterior of what will become a vortex marble.|
|Park shapes the marble in a graphite marble mold.|
|Marble being fire polished with a tiny torch with a super concentrated flame.|
Once he’s completed the demo, the couple are free to play on the torch. It’s all very laid back. He gives 3 rules: do not put the glass against the tip of the torch, do not burn yourself, and do not cut yourself. All very good rules.
|The studio kiln that holds the day’s work and student creations to be annealed overnight.|
|Alan is Park’s shop mate that took up glass blowing just over a year ago.|
Alan was there working during the entire class, so I would periodically go watch what he was doing and ask lots of questions….trying to avoid being too annoying.
|Alan melting in decorative detail.|
Both artists create gorgeous glass pendants and other functional art glass pieces.
|Alan blowing into the tube to enlarge and shape the molten part of the glass.|
When I first arrived at The Glass Park, I was immediately greeted by Blaze the studio dog. Eventually he curled up in this chair to sleep.
|Blaze, the studio dog.|
|Alan blowing glass.|
The studio itself shares a building with a barbershop on the south side of town, and is actually very large. The walls are covered in glass related magazine covers, posters, etc. There is also this large roll of paper for people to draw on.
|For random studio doodling|
Music is very nearly as important as the glass. If there was any type of pause in the music, it was immediately remedied.
And, in case they want to do an impromptu jam session, there’s a drum set.
|You never know when people at The Glass Park may have a jam session. Instruments are kept there for that reason.|
There is also a piano and guitars. And yes, they get used. I asked.
|Wall art at the Glass Park includes guitars, which can be used for a jam session at any time.|