Welcome to my "Frequently Asked Questions"
Here you'll find some of the most Frequently Asked Questions I receive as a glassblower. If you have additional questions feel free to contact me here at the studio. Thank You!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do you ever get burned?
When you work with molten glass at over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, there are many opportunities to get burned if you are not careful. However, although burns do occasionally occur, they rarely result in serious injury and rarely come from the glass itself. Most burns occur from steam when shaping the glass with newspaper and wooden blocking tools that are saturated with water, touching tools that have been in contact with the glass, touching the gathering iron too close to the glass, or from hot canes of glass used during the torchwork decoration process. Again, most burns are minor and usually involve a few choice words and scolding yourself for being a bit careless!
Do you do Commission Work?
I do take on Commission work depending on the time of year and the project involved. I work with other Artists, Sculptors and Designers in the New England area, as well as take on projects on an individual 'walk-in' basis. I welcome new ideas for my torchwork designs, especially those focused on the New England area and if you see a piece that I do, but have specific colors or background choices, I can usually accommodate. It depends primarily on the scope of the project and the time of year. Please Contact me for additional information. Click Here for Examples.
Absolutely! If you're passing by the Studio you're welcome to pop in and see if I'm there. I also have times that are more dependable for people to come and watch glassblowing demonstrations: most Saturdays 10am-4pm, and 6-8pm on the third Friday of each month for the 3rd Friday Gallery Walk in Bellows Falls, Vermont are the best times. For best results, please Contact me before your visit to make sure I'll be at the studio that day--Life Happens! Feel free to contact me also for more information and additional times to come visit the Studio.
If you have other
specific questions relating to glassblowing and the glassmaking process, feel
free to contact me and if I can't answer it myself, I'll see what I can do to
get it answered for you. Have a Great Day!