I started my first day at Glass Stock with a class led by Jodie McDougall who was teaching how to create a mini glass paperweight. We started by making some small flower petals out of glass, and assembling them into a flower. Then we placed the little flower in a vacuum chamber, called a Stump Sucker. (If you know the inventor, Loren Stump, this makes sense.) Now things get tricky. While you are heating the clear glass in a torch that will encapsulate your flower, someone else takes a torch and pre-heats your little flower. Then you drop the molten glass onto your flower setup while sucking the air out of the vacuum chamber with a rubber hose (yes, you do suck). It’s tag-team glass working at its finest.
In the afternoon, I took a class with JC Herrell, who has magic in her hands. She can make a perfectly straight line in molten glass on a bead. Heck, I can’t even make a straight line of ink on a piece of paper. But, I was a trooper—we all were—and by the end of class all of us had made some beads with lines on them. My lines were a little wonky, but I certainly made progress in using this technique.
I ended the evening by giving a demo on how to make an ancient mask bead and watched a demo on how to make a go
rgeous drinking glass with a geometric flower design in the base.
It’s getting late, and tomorrow is another day full of fun and learning. I promise another missive from the wild world of glass in Eugene very soon.