Tuesday, March 24, 2009

How I Fell in Love with Glass

You can blame Leah for my love affair with glass. There's probably a lot of people out there who blame her, now that I think about it. Maybe she taught your torchworking class... maybe you spotted her mobiles at the Portland Saturday Market.

In my case, she lured me in with wire.

Leah was looking to hire an extra pair of hands to help with mobile production, and first on her list of things to hand off was cutting wire. By lucky coincidence, I was looking for a part time job... so we each had something the other needed. Before long, Leah had me playing with glass. I made not-very-loopy loops on the torch. (They were more triangles than loops.) I cut my way through buckets of scrap for use in mobiles. I took an Intro to Fusing class with Scott. I took a bunch of torchworking classes with Leah. (My favorite so far is making ornaments!) I invited friends to the studio and got them to fall in love with glass, too.

I've yet to get tired of all the possibilities. I love pawing through a tub of scrap and finding colorful treasures. I love mixing and matching bits and pieces until they become something new. There's always some new project to admire, some friendly glass artist to chat with. The company at Aquila is just as appealing as the glass! I've never felt anything but welcome there.

So what's your story? How did you fall in love with glass? What brought you to Aquila?

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Journey Bead Program

Aquila was in the news recently

click here for a link to the Portland Sentinel to read more about the Journey Bead Program that we donate glass pendants to at Legacy Emanuel Children's Hospital.

If you would like to make pendants for this program - please do!

Ask Scott or Don for more details, or come for "Pendant Night" which happens quarterly (check the schedule for detailed dates)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Torchworking for Fusing


If you would like to learn to make these yourself (its fun!!) sign up for the
Torchworking for Fusing class at the studio. You will learn to do many other techniques with a glass torch, these curlie cues are always the final project and the most fun for me!

Call or check our website for current class availability.