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2 days ago

Stafford Art Glass

Stained glass to beat the Monday wintry blahs...

Chartres Cathedral, both North and West rose windows, and a work in the Palau de la Música Catalana Barcelona.

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3 days ago

Stafford Art Glass

Happy Sunday. I have a story for you, and what might seem to be an odd admission.

Okay, I have this funny thing that happens.It happens fairly regularly. It's a special relationship with my local thrift store. It's kind of weird, but it has happened so many times I know it isn't mere coincidence.

So this is what I do. I will think, "It would be great to find an affordable used jewelry case. I wonder where I could find such a thing? Hmmm...." I drop the idea and move on to the next thing on my list. I forget about it. Then, a week or three later, I am driving into town and I get this sudden urge to go to the thrift store. I have no idea why. But I go.

In the case of the jewelry case incident, I walk in and see they have a jewelry case for sale. They have never had a jewelry case for sale before, but there it was. It wasn't priced, it had been just brought onto the floor half an hour earlier. I ask what the price is. They go to the back and while he is gone I think, "It would be great if it's $50.00." I notice a kind of ratty table beside the case that is $75.00 so I think the likelihood of it being $50.00 is slim. He comes back with a label that reads $50.00. Sold!

So a week ago I am running errands in town and I get that sudden magnetic pull as I pass the thrift store. I have no idea what this is about, but I go in. It occurred to me that I had been wanting to find some good chairs for people to sit in while in the hotshop. I was thinking about just buying some folding chairs except I knew they might not be that comfortable. So while walking the store I kept an eye peeled for chairs. There were a bunch of them, but they all looked worn out, mismatched, and kind of rag-tag. Nothing was fitting the bill, so I considered maybe it was something else entirely. Just then I see two chairs, identical to one another, sitting behind other furniture. They looked brand new. Not a scratch. They didn't look like they had been used. I looked at them and they were $12.00 a piece! Sold!

So I have two really comfortable chairs for guests watching glass being blown in the hotshop or waiting for their turn to make their own. Perfect!

The moral is when you feel pulled a certain way, listen to that. Who knows where it will lead, but it seems that if your wishes are aligned right, you might just be pleasantly surprised!
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4 days ago

Stafford Art Glass

This is an unusual video in that it has no words, but it follows a studio of glass artisans in the making of their work. I thought some of you might like it especially on a cold rainy Saturday like today. I hope you are having a great weekend!

https://vimeo.com/76408413/…
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5 days ago

Stafford Art Glass

Happy Friday to you....

Pieces from inarguably one of the great glass artists alive today, maestro Lino Tagliopietra.
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6 days ago

Stafford Art Glass

This octapus, which looks completely real, is actually a biological specimen model made for a natural history museum and is made entirely of glass.

Created by the father and son team, Rudolf and Leopold Blascha of Germany, the Blaschas would create many submarine models of ocean specimens with an exquisite level of detail and realism. They achieved unique colors through custom formulations of glass color batches.The pieces were made using torches which were originally derived from blowing air from a bellows across an oil lamp flame (and this is why torch made glass is called "lampworking" today).

While modern technology can produce museum models of high realism from plastic resins, the Blascha Collection, now owned by the University of Harvard, are considered to be the best models ever produced anywhere and cover a broad range of invertebrate species including plants. The advantage of making their models in glass is the stability of the colors and materials. In a thousand years, the Blascha collection will be as true to life as they were when made in the 1800's.

#blascha #octapus
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