Monday, March 23, 2015

Mobile Studio Bus

I found a bus for the mobile studio. Ross Transportation in OKC recently received a bunch of buses and have them up for sale. It is a 2000 BlueBird with a wheelchair lift. It looks to be in great shape. I hope to get it painted soon.

With the little mobile furnace and everything that goes with it we should be able to travel about any where. We spent the weekend making a bench and annealher (photos coming soon). And maybe a new website devoted to the mobile studio.




Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Omelette Party Piece

I made a bunch of glass eggs for my Omelette Party piece. They are nested in a bowl. I think the result is pretty good but maybe a bit kitschy.







Saturday, February 7, 2015

Elixir Bottles

These Elixir Bottles are for the Medieval Fair in Norman at the end of March. They are fun to make and are turning out pretty good I think.
It is three gathers on an ornament pipe. Some of flattened with small handles and others are designed to sit up a bit and be carried in a pouch or pocket.
Corks have not been easy to find.







Friday, January 30, 2015

Maccia Style Bowl

I have been trying to make a piece for a local silent auction (http://www.ewc.org/). We made a maccia style bowl on Wednesday evening and it came out pretty good.

It is Kaiser Red with  Crown Yellow and Canary Yellow color drops. I dropped a dollop of clear on top of the yellow dots to give a slight color change. I like to have these pieces on their side so the flat bottom is off center and the piece has a celedon lip wrap.

The Crown Yellow really pops against the red.

In the right light the outside color shows through.

Nice ruffle on the piece

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Medieval Horns

 We have been accepted into the Norman Medieval Fair at the end of March. It is a great event and I am very excited to be participating in the Fair. We are planning on setting up the little mobile glass studio and will be doing demonstrations.

I have been working on the traditional drinking horn. Glass horns of this nature can be found dating back to the 5th Century. They are fun to make and are coming along nicely. I am not sure how many I should make for the show. I have a feeling they will sell pretty quickly.

Typically it is a three gather piece. I like to marver and blow and then heat for the jack line. Blow a bit more and cut in a little nubbin on the end. Blow a bit. Heat and swing to get a nice taper on the piece. Heat and pull just  a bit and curve the end of the horn upward.
Add a small transfer bit near the bottom of the horn. Make sure it is in line with the opening to keep it fairly centered.
Add a bit near the top of the piece and turn it over for a loop. Add decorative bits to the horn as inspired.

I am trying to work with Drew to make some leather straps to hold the horns and with Dave the Welder to make stands and hooks.
Silver Brown Horn

Horn with silver brown wraps

Horn with full fold over on the tip
Side view

with added decorative prunt in a honeycomb pattern
Instagram Photo (www.instagram.com/aboatman



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mobile Furnace

We got a new 50# furnace. It is a small mobile glass furnace and glory hole all in one. It is a great design. We fired it up today and it heats well. Sunday we should be blowing out of it for the Ice Cream Social. Very excited by the possibilities. We can take it to art festivals, events, parties, and do live demonstrations.

 Heating Up
 Roy is there for Scale
 Inside
 The heat train and fan
 Pipe yolk
Arrival

Ice Cream Social

Several years ago I wanted to try Graeter's ice cream. It was going to cost a lot for shipping so might as well order a bunch to try it all and share. So the Ice Cream Social was born.

Every year around this time. Ray and I buy a bunch of ice cream and invite everybody over to the studio for a scoop or two. My mom usually bakes a cake and some of the ladies in the studio bring some brownies. It is an opportunity to get together and hang out for a bit which really does not get to happen all that often.

So come by the studio (1218-C N. Western Ave.) on Sunday, October 26, between 2:00 and 5:00. Have some ice cream. Relax.

We are in the process of building a mobile glass studio and are planning on giving it a test run on Sunday too. So there may be something new and exciting to see on the glass front.  

Also be sure to mark your calendars for our Annual Holiday Home Show. We hold our home show every year in conjunction with my Aunt Pat at With Joy Nativities. The Home Show is December 5, 6, and 7.