Glass Blowing Houston

Creative Process Observation

I was just straightening and cleaning up the showroom at the studio today.  It is a boring, but necessary chore with absolutely no glamour to it.  The most interesting thing about it is to me is keeping a running estimate of how many granddaddy long leg spiders I have vacuumed up so far.  (By my estimate, the number is HUGE!)

Anyway, toward the end of the task I glanced out into the studio.  There I watched one of the gaffer’s working with a renter.  Together they had come up with an interesting glass blowing form, it was a geometric/ minamalist type look with an organic-like area at one corner.  The pattern, color, scale and formed seemed to be working well.  That is..until it was carried over to the crack off bucket, dunked in the water and shattered into a thousand pieces.

I could tell by their respective facial expressions that they were less than pleased.  Being the artist/instructor type person that I am I went up to the renter and voiced what were the good points about the form, in my opinion.  Then I told him it was an idea worth pursuing.  He perked up a little.  I felt good.  He felt good and then I thought to myself, “In the pursuit of knowledge, nothing is wasted.”

——————Michael Kerry Brown

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