Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Anniversary

So on this day March 9, 2003 the Blue Sage Studios was founded.
We picked that date as it was the day we turned on the glass furnace and it stayed on. John Trubey and I went to Santa Fe for Spring Break in 2002 to start building equipment. It took about a year to get everything together and get it running.
Pretty amazing stuff. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed over the years. I could not have done it with the help and devotion of so many people.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Bud Vase





A video of making a bud vase. The camera location was fixed on the marver behind the bench so some of the action could not be captured.

Perhaps the biggest change in the process on this set of bud vases the the second jack line about halfway down the piece. It allows for more constraint and a little rounder bulbous end on the vase.

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
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