Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Holiday Shows

You can find many of the Aquila artists out and about at local holiday art shows.
Here we are at Handmade NW - a show at the World Trade Center in Downtown Portland.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

YWEP Pendant making at Aquila Glass School

Hi guys, Grumpy-old-fusing-guy here. I was told by our blog Mistress that I'd better sit down and get this done.

From time to time different groups come in and make pendants. Sometimes just for themselves and other times we are lucky enough to have some of their pendants for the "Journey Bead Program" which we support. Last night we were lucky enough to have a group of young ladies donate some of their creations.

I received the following letter from the the group:


Thanks so much for all your help! The class was wonderful and the girls were really happy.

The Young Women’s Equity Project (YWEP), one of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization’s (IRCO) youth programs, provides services to high school-aged African and Slavic girls who show an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We work to remove barriers to higher education and to support our clients to pursue careers that are traditionally male-dominated. For many of our clients this is a significant challenge. They have little to no experience in a formal educational setting, they do not speak English and are regularly challenged to adapt to living in a new culture. YWEP clients, however, are dedicated individuals and with help will excel, flourishing in internship programs or in volunteer work.

The majority of YWEP’s African clients come from Somalia, via a refugee camp. Some of these clients have been in the United States for only a few months while others have lived in different areas of the United States, as far away as Connecticut. Our Slavic clients come from a number of countries, from Kyrgyzstan to Ukraine, Russian to Moldova.

Recently YWEP implemented a series of classes entitled the Science Behind The Art and have focused on glass making. In our two visits to the Aquila Glass School we have learned about the temperature required to melt glass, the process of turning it into a work of art and the fact that glass is a liquid. Months after our trip the girls still remind me that it is a liquid that holds their water in the cup and that their windshields, which block the rain, is also a liquid. Soon we will be traveling to the Tacoma Museum of Glass to learn more about the fine art and science of glass, but we owe our initial interest and knowledge to Aquila where our appetites were whet. To visit Aquila, many of our clients took two buses from school, left their cooking or homework undone and hopped on a van so that they could join us to make pendants, many of which they donated to the children with cancer that Aquila serves. In all, from people originating from all over the world, thanks, we have had a great time!

Lua Masumi
IRCO Skills Center
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
Academic Support Instructor
631 NE 102nd Ave
Portland, OR 97220
503.253.4042 x 306

That's all for now. If you have a small group that might want to come in and make pendants give us a call.

Be well,

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Moving Kilns is Hard Work

Wednesday the guys moved around the kilns in the studio... making room for 3 more in the kiln room and then moving them into place.
These glass kilns weigh hundreds of pounds each. They are not easy to move!
Scott did a lot of pointing.
And then he did some more pointing....
and then some more...

Thanks Jan for taking pictures!

Weren't we doing this last year? (moving that is) Here's evidence! I blogged about it last year too!

Once all this moving and shaking is done, there will be a new cold-working room and 30% more kilns space. WhooPee!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Glass Galor Lincoln City

Hello All - I put up a couple of pictures from the Glass Galore. It was a beautiful weekend and there was a lot of people who came through. See the good lookin guy in the first picture? :)

One of my neighbors

and another neighbor

and another neighbor

And our favorite weekend torch teacher Andi.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Virtual Studio Tour


We are about to start moving things around again (more kilns to fit in the back... a cold working room to empty and re-fill with equipment... the upstairs is being completely wiggled around as well... funny - wasn't it last year at this time that we were remodeling as well!)

Anyhow - it seemed like an appropriate time to take a walk-thru of the studio. It will be different soon. I will do it again once "the wiggle" is done.

My apologies for my funny voice narrating the video :)


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Good Day Oregon at Aquila

The TV crew from Good Day Oregon spent the morning with the guys at the Aquila Glass School.

Heres a little video clip!

Busy Tuesday

The studio was abuzz with activity, glass creations and classes.Torchworking Tuesdays!
Poe-tastic-Tuesdays has become a regular event here at Aquila. Every Tuesday Jonathan Poe mans the torchworking table all day, helping people out and answering questions. Its a pot-luck affair, so there was plenty of food (and lots of sugar!) for all. Poe kept busting out into song, I tried to take a video... no luck.
Three classes happened: an Introductory Fusing class in the morning, a one-on-one Beadmaking class in the afternoon and a Borosilicate Hollow Forms class in the evening. I can genuinely say everyone had a good time today.

And then we had to clean the studio, because Good Morning Oregon (with their TV cameras and crew) arrive at 5am the next morning!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Fun Torchworking Class!

Last night was a fun class where glass artists learned to make fused glass embellishments using a torch.
We played with fire!
Projects included: Dots, Swooshes + Swirls, Petals + Leaves, Latticino, Encased Dots and Curlie Cues

Here is a video of me making the "curlie-q's" - Enjoy!


Third Thursdays: Pictures from Oct 16th

This last Thursday was pendant night at the studio - its an open studio night where anyone can come (no experience necessary) and make pendants which they get to keep for just $1/each.Its fun to see people bring their families, children, friends and loved ones.
There were a couple of groups from the Big Brother Big Sister organization - two women brought in their "little sisters" to enjoy making glass jewelry with them. How fun is that!
The pendants all are made with little pieces of scrap from the studio, and they get fired in a kiln over the weekend.
The Third Thursday of every month is Pendant Night. This upcoming November Third Thursday will be a night of making pendants for children that have been diagnosed with cancer, all the pendants made that night (Nov 20th) are donated to Legacy Emanuel here in Portland.