Chris, Mom and I took a road trip to Staunton, VA Sunday for the Hot Glass Festival at Sunspots. Sunspots is one of my favorite stores. I don't get there often but I try to stop any time I am in the area. I'm not sure how long they have been doing the festival but it was the first time for us and we had a great time. They had several glass artists selling upstairs, a big gallery on the main floor and demos in the studio.
They did something really cool for the demos. Children attending the festival were asked to make drawings. The artist would pick one and interpret it in glass. This is the drawing for the demo we attended. The girls who drew it was sitting beside me and it was fun to watch her reactions.
Here's the artist who did our demo with the first gather of glass.
Here he is pulling the petals on the top layer of glass. You can sort of see the bottom red layers and the middle aqua layer.
Here's a really crappy photo after the base was added and it's about to be separated from the rod. The added a little swirl of glass on top and it was off to the annealing oven. Very cool!
I bought this ornament from Art of Fire and that's all we bought at the show.
But then I had not-buyers remorse. Chris and I fell in love with the work of Daniel J Scogna and I contacted him yesterday to get one of his coastline vases. He has a series of tress that I also love and there may be one of those in my future.
It was a fun day and reminded me to get back to my glass fusing.