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.