April 18, 2006

Salamandra Glass - George and John


Salamandra Glass: George at work, some Rondells in our front window and up close with two sizes of Rondells:





























Because I like to make myself crazy, I sometimes leave things to the last moment. Like jotting down to Dover on Friday to pick up more Salamandra Glass before the event we held on Saturday. When I got there George and John were blowing some glass. I snapped a few shots of them working as it is just so incredible to see! It was a nice day in town maybe 55 or 60F. Inside it was 110F. They have a thermometer, so I am sure of it. Talk about your hot flashes! Actually, watching them work does make your heart go pitter pat. It is thrilling, hot, wildly colorful and glowing all along the process with them making it look so damn easy. Which it is not. Well, I didn't get the bud vases I wanted this trip, so will be going back again this week to pick them up. But I did pick out some more choice rondells for the window... the ones above range from $65 to $170. The one below is much more. Worth every penny as you can relax on your couch and watch them transfer light into a show on your wall or just dream away a few moments or hours reveling at the beauty of the glass itself. Salamandra glass is hand blown by Principal Artist George Cirocco and Glass Blower John Speight. Each Salamandra creation is unique. George and I talked a bit on Friday about the custom glass work he does for homes and commercial spaces. He recently created a glass wall for a space in a home with floating color inside the cast blocks. He also created pieces for a local hospital's meditation room which housed some focal pieces of his work and had special glass blocks inset into the walls. He really enjoys that most, like most artists do, creating something unique for a special space. I hope that in the future, we have the chance with our design work to work hand in hand with George and a special client. His work is breath taking and unique in every way.

The word for the day is ... exalt ... as in to raise in character or praise, to intensify and to elevate high.

8 comments:

Sheri Burhoe said...

Beautiful ! Glass blowing is something I've always been interested in but have never done. I buy from a local artist, recently commissioned a bracelet from him, I should post a picture sometime of the piece as it is gorgeous ! He used my "Girl with orange Hair" painting as inspiration. :)

andrea said...

These are amazing! I love glass art work. We have the Chihully glass art musuem in my backyard and it always takes my breath away.

Beautiful pieces and amazing artisans!
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susan said...

I am sure that it is great to live so close to that glass museum. His work is out of this world!

carla said...

I find glass art so amazing - it's like it's been created by magic! The pieces you posted here look like beautiful meditation pieces, and it's cool to see the artists at work. What a contrast between the process and the product! I took a few moments to look around your blog and your artstream site...it makes me want to hop in my car and take a drive up to NH...I even mapquested the drive! You're a bit over 3 hours from me. Maybe I'll do some traveling around over the summer...it looks like you have a very wonderful thing going on there...what a fine way to spend your days:>

susan said...

Carla! Please do come for a visit! Just let me know when and we can give you the tour and have some dinner! bring some of your lovely paintings too....
Would love to have you visit.
Yes, it is a fun way to spend my days.

Toni said...

I have been enjoying reading your blog. i came to it through Andrea Pratt. this glass is just heavenly.
Next time my husband and i are in Maine I'll have to take a drive to your gallery.
It looks wonderful from your blog and photos

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

simply wow

Livia said...

I have know George for a long time but have not seen or spoke to him in a long time as well. I have a rondell that was a gift along with a blown glass ball. They have been with me for over 15 years and they have hung in every home I have been in for the last 15 years. They are precious, beautiful, and a true work of art.

Livia in Florida.