Flower garden

I got inspired to make some larger flowers during a wonderful class with Emilio Santini at Corning.

This abstract “lady slipper orchid” is 12 1/2″ tall, the tulips are 14-16″.
Flameworked soft Effetre glass. You can click images to see larger version:

What, of this Goldfish, Would You Wish?

Fishes and fishing always held a special meaning to me.

I started fishing as a kid, and it got pretty serious quickly. For a night owl, only fishing was a serious enough reason for getting up early in the morning. Fishing was a symbol of independence, getting your own food, being inventive and resourceful.

Diversity of colorful tropical fish led me through countless aquarium endeavors starting with breeding guppies in my early teenage years and all the way to saltwater reef aquarium I maintained up until my kids were born. Sometime during those years, I kept a pond with goldfish, which grew to enormous size by my standards. The biggest one was over 14 inches at the time of it’s unfortunate demise. In tribute to all these fishes, I made this lampworked glass Goldfish:

 

 

For those of you, who are interested in how this goldfish was made, I created this video. I hope it can be of use for people who are starting to work with glass in a torch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYShaOyytFk

Simple things

“The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price fades from memory.”
– Unknown

We use a lot of simple things every day without stopping for a second to think what went into making them. Or why we like some of them more then others. A spoon is a spoon, right?

Maker cannot afford that thinking, or he ceases to be a maker. Here are a few examples of things I made that have more to them then some might see at a glance.

1. Candle

Candle

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