Sunday, March 28, 2010

Santa Fe Glass

As Ken and I continue our vacation
here in Santa Fe, we find ourselves pulled back to the hot shop of friend Patrick Morrissey, Prairie Dog Glass. There we had the pleasure of meeting Ira Lujan (pictured to the right, his work to the left). His work stood out at the IAIA shop so it was great to meet him and see him in action in the hot shop one afternoon. As usual however the greatest fun was trying out the hot shop and making a little glass of our own. After bumping our heads on low hanging vents and offering up a couple of bubbles to the glass gods we got the hang of the new shop, had fun with the cool (hot) torches and even picked up some tips about how to spray titanium on the glass for a cool iridescent finish.

Linda Perrin and Patrick Morrissey

Monday, March 22, 2010

Vacation-Santa Fe

It's mud season in Maine, and the last little bit of winter we will have before we get super busy filling our 2010 wholesale orders to some great places including the Corning Museum of Glass and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. So we decided to skip out of town and chase a little sunshine. With out too much ado we picked Santa Fe, New Mexico.
remembered a couple of very talented glass artists ended up in Santa Fe after my grad-school days at Southern Illinois University. And as fate would have it this morning out of the blue I ran into one of them at a cute little breakfast joint called Counter Culture. Excuse me are is your name Lolly Goodwin, I asked the freckled familiar face. Wow. What a long time it has been! She explained that she has her own hot shop and Patrick Morrissey the other SIU alum had one as well--Prairie Dog Glass, right down the street at Jackalope. After coffee and spicy eggs (everything is spicy here) we cruised on over.
With true hot shop manners Patrick asked us if we wanted to make anything, but since I have been struggling with some altitude sickness I was unable, so lucky Ken took him up on it! It was so much fun to play and get a tour of the Hot Shop. Patrick has always been an equipment building savant, and sure enough all the kilns, and the continuous feed furnace were quite a marvel.