Enriching lives through artistic self-expression is the tagline for our business, GlassblowingHouston, previously known as Three Dimensional Visions. So you might think, what’s involved with that, what does that mean?
New experiences are one thing – like providing people with the ability to work with hot glass. That first time a person works with molten glass you can see a plethora of emotions on their face, and then in the end a big smile.
Gaining new creative ideas or perspectives is another. We try to participate in both external and internal exhibitions so that we can share our perspective and gain insights from the creative ideas of our colleagues.
We have also been lucky enough to have some great visiting artists that we were able to learn from and collaborate with. We met John Hogan in Seattle in March 2013 when we lucked out and got him as our instructor at Seattle glassblowing for our first weekend class. John became our friend, colleague and mentor. He helped with our studio shakedown in March 2014 and we set up a six-month plan for studio updates and technical skill achievements. We continued this with John introducing us to other glass workers.
We also had Rachel Haynes, previously the Director of the Tulsa Glassblowing Studio work with us. Her energy and excitement moved our skill levels on a daily basis. While in the early days of his career, Eric DePan, worked at our studio for a short time. Over the last years he has worked in glass at many studios and is developing his own voice.
Miguel Unson, a renown kiln worker, utilized our studio for some parts for his work and graciously mentored Sally in kiln forming. It’s the blending of all of these personalities, styles, ideas, and objects that help create new expressions of creativity for all of us.