Sometimes, I find inspiration in things that have been created by others, often in totally different media. My husband and I recently made a badly-needed day trip to the Oregon Coast, and visited a couple of our favorite shops there. We have been fans of these shops for over 30 years now, and always enjoy browsing the beautifully crafted products they contain. Today's post is about the first of these shops.
Seeing the brightly colored shiny glass glowing in the sunlight always inspires me. I want to create this kind of glowing color in my textile projects!
Alder House is more than just a gallery of objets d'art, though. It is a working studio, in which the artisans create the objects that will be sold there. The artist demonstrates his craft in front of the visitors, explaining what he is doing and why. As much as I enjoy drooling over the gorgeous glass display, I cannot resist watching the artist at work, even though I have watched this process many times over the years. It is somewhat mesmerizing to watch the twirling glass at the end of the blower's rod take shape, almost always in a rather surprising way.
This time, we got to watch glassblower Treasure Collupy create a glass starfish. Here he is heating the starfish towards the end of the process:
Here's another shot of the starfish. In this one, I believe he's smoothing the points at the end of the starfish's legs.
Of course, the color of the starfish will be very different when it has cooled. I believe this one will be green and blue!
And now, for a sampling of the vibrant colors and graceful shapes of Alder House glasswork: