June 29, 2010

Pottery Studio meets lampworking

Lampworking, torch bead making in Hollywood,FLHollywood, FL Pottery studio offers lampworking and bead making!  It seems like just yesterday I took a bead making class, and was addicted to it.  But the headaches I got from the MAPP gas were too much.  So I though why not setup a lampworking bench at the studio.  And not it is here!  We have a large vent to vent all the torch gases,  most of it had to be custom built simply because I am just not good at the kind of stuff.  We have a super monstrous 1300CFM blower to suck out all the bad stuff.  I have a little bobcat torch which is super cool.  You can see it in the pictures.   It seems to me that when you are a busy bee like me, there is nothing like instant gratification.  And torching glass and bead making and lampworking meets this need!  It is kind of sad that now a days that seems to be all I have, a quick project that I sneak in in between all the other things that need to get organized!   With running the studio and teaching, and doing the day to day business, I can only work on personal projects that are quick and dirty.   Ceramics and clay  require a lot of time patience and it is the greatest medium you can work in.   It is a process and in that process there is a lot to learn.  In many ways clay is a teacher.  It teaches life skills on dealing with change and problems, and uncertainty and patience.  Glass is the total opposite of that extreme, total instantaneous gratification!  It is quick and what you see is what you get, it is the WYSIWYG of glass!

I am proud to say we are the only studio in South Florida that offers lampworking, torching, and batch annealing for borosilicate and soft glass. You can rent space by the month or time by the hour.

Check out some pictures below of the bench  This has taken me 3 months to put together!  I have to give special thanks to Jay, Kevin, and Justin for kind of making me hold my breath and put this together.

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