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Sun-Catchers For Spring


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Recently I began expanding my offering of sun-catchers and began showing them to my fans on Facebook. I began by starting with the solid colors first, it seemed the right thing to do.

I hung them in my gallery and took a quick shot of them: “Here are the first of my new line” I quipped to my fans on Facebook. But then my fans began asking me if I would be selling what turned out to be a rainbow color of sun-catchers as a group. I replied, “But of course!” The rest as they say, is history.

But I need to have a little better photos than just a quick one-shot in the gallery, so I took them in to be photographed in the photo studio recently, and then cleaned them up so each piece could be seen clearly without anything else competing with them. I spoke with my web designer about setting these up as a special when they go live on the site, a great price that you just can’t say no to, and perfect for those who have supported me all these years. All but one color is represented, and what is missing is a turquoise globe, partly because I want to use a slightly better color which I don’t have in stock at the moment, but it will be along soon.

These pieces are small ornament-sized sun catchers. That means that they are approximately 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Blown entirely by hand, these are made in the studio here in Newport, Virginia, and will be ready to order online and shipped anywhere in the United States and abroad. I have a video that was recently posted on my Facebook page which you can see if you go back about a week in the feed. You can also just click on “‘videos” and see the videos that have been produced over the last few years to get your dose of glass bliss.

Each piece can be purchased individually, too, but there will be a special price when ordering these lovelies as a group (of seven).

These pieces add a splash of color to a window, and with the many color combinations will allow you to curate your collection as you grow how many that you have. Color combinations within one globe are coming in the following weeks and months. If you would like to know about when these are online and when I will be offering specials on them, head over to my page on Facebook where I share all the good stuff for a growing audience of enthusiastic followers. You wont be disappointed! Just find me there at @staffordartglass

Here’s to a speedy return of Spring!

~Parker

Art and Design, glassblowing

Hotglass Weekend Wrap-Up


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Closeup of a suncatcher by Carolee J. Bondurant

The event has wound down and the studio was host to dozens of families and friends who came from near and far (one family from North Carolina up for the holidays) who took part in our multi-weekend glass blowing experience that included our BYOB (Blow Your Ornament Ball), and our Hotglass Weekend that was pulled together after many people began inquiring about times after the holidays when they could venture out and get their hands into the hot stuff and play with fire.

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A smiling Bob Grogan gets ready for his turn making glass

The previous day's haul warm from the kiln
The previous day’s haul warm from the kiln

This season was so incredibly encouraging on so many fronts.  It seemed that at every turn I kept meeting the most interesting and inspiring people all bent on helping support the studio in fascinating ways.  One customer showed her work to her co-workers after I met her during a break from her work.  In this case, she was a newscaster at a local television station, which garnered a short story about the studio on Christmas Eve telling about how we offer making your own ornament as a special during the holidays.  I was able to meet many other people who have in their own ways helped to spread the word and make a difference for  the studio.  And just so you know, this isn’t about me, but about all of the interesting and excited people who came to lend their smiles, their stories, and their time in helping make this event one of the single best events ever (and we have had many, so that is saying something!)

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Threading on cobalt glass to make a feather pattern

If you look back through the last few blog posts, you can begin to see some of the pieces that folks just like you, who have never blown glass before were able to make with a little help from a seasoned glass teacher and blower.  The results have all been fantastic!  Pictures from the weekend are sprinkled liberally throughout this latest edition of SAG on WordPress.  I have met inquisitive kids who talked about the chemistry of glass, who wondered about its long history, and who had interesting ideas about life, glass, and the pursuit of life’s simplest pleasures.  It has been a real interesting and rewarding time being able to share time with so many people who were all connected by their love or sheer curiosity about glass as an expressive medium.  When I think about the quality of experience, the caliber of people pulled in by the sheer gravity of glass and its beauty, I find myself hopeful about adding instruction at the studio as a key ingredient in just what it is that we do there.

The complete feathered piece up-close
The complete feathered piece up-close

We had a half price off sale where works went for a song and a second sale where pieces went for unheard of prices.  If you know what my seconds look like, you know that our seconds are first-rate pieces that maybe were a little too small or slightly off-center.  I talked to people about how they could design their own work for their homes, an opportunity that is unheard of in this age of the cheap mass-produced object.  Helping to bring the real back to life can also help to enliven the soul and stir the heart.  And THAT is not just a cheap throw-away but the honest truth.

John makes a paperweight at the reheating furnace
John makes a paperweight at the reheating furnace

For now, the pictures for this post are being worked on to ready them for the web.  In the days that follow you will begin to see images from this weekend that help to paint a picture of just what happened and what went on!  But to learn more check out this blogger who describes her experience in her recent post about her visit to the studio this weekend!

http://joansnaturejournal.blogspot.com/2014/01/stafford-art-glass-class.html?spref=fb

Closeup of sun catcher by Caroline Gaskins
Closeup of sun catcher by Caroline Gaskins