Monday, April 28, 2008

ET and the Rocketman

I have no idea what that title means just sounds kind of cool.

Elton was not bad and it was not three hours. In fact is was better than I thought that it was going to be. That night turned into the starter for the whole weekend and it was a good one. Good weather. Good Food. Good company.

Three of my favorite things.


Friday, April 25, 2008

Elton John

I have to go and Elton John concert. When I say I have to go I am not saying I am being forced but I do risk a lip quiver and a sad Mini if I don't agree. See I was given a pass the first time Elton played but he got sick and somehow I was not able to pull off getting out of it this time. To be honest I don't hate Elton John's music I actaully kind of like a lot of it. What has be worried is that I know this concert is going to take 3 hours. 3 hours of Elton John only....It boggles the mind.

I might have to get really really plowed to take 3 hours. If "I'm still stand'n" plays and I am in fact still standing it will be a long night.


Monday, April 21, 2008

Surfing pains.

I went surfing.

I am in pain.

I am getting old.

I had a bunch of damn fun!


ps. Jason also went.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Go Big or Go Home

To quote my brother Ryan "Go Big or Go Home" seemed to be the theme of the night Wed. Every time that I say "That is the biggest thing I have ever made" I seem to one up myself the next time I make something big. It is a sickness. This next one is blue...big time so everyone will like it. Blue in glass seems to be a universal "let me have that" color.

I have to send off some stuff to a client today and the Giant Vase I made a couple weeks back is the center of what they want. All in all about 6 pieces that are going to be shown to figure out if I can land a big project. More on that if it works out. I would rather not get all crazy excited until I get the final "They loved it, game on!". If not I will never bring it up again...HA!

Ray and Rick are now renting time at the Belmont on Tuesday nights. I kind of feel I helped get them hooked on glass so that makes me all warm and fuzzy that they are now renting time. Then again I might not have had much to do with it at all...either way I am stoked to see them paired up and renting time. Both of them are super nice guys and if you boys are reading I can't tell you enough how much I enjoy both of you guys getting into the shop and having fun.

Hope to see you guys up there again real soon.

Well it is Friday and you know what that means....Intermissions time! Have a great weekend.


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tabula rasa

Well I got a new computer at work yesterday. Which on the surface is pretty nice but when you really look at what you have to do it is one big giant pain in the arse. I had been using what 5 years ago was the biggest wizbang computer you could buy. A dual Xeon 2.something ghrz 4 gig of ram monster. Not that it did anything but talk to routers, firewalls, and switches all day. Ok sometimes the domain controllers but for the most part it could have been a much smaller machine and done just fine.

Anyway back to my point which is 5 years worth of stuff was tucked up in that little piece of plastic and electronical nanunanus. It is hard to let go of it. You just know that you are going to miss moving something over in the move. Let alone the hours it takes to patch, install software, and well it becomes something of a nightmare to do. I am not your normal village idiot when it comes to this stuff and I dread it. Ok that last statement is debatable but you get my point.

So all this was a lame attempt to tell you I am a little bit behind the 8 ball.


Friday, April 11, 2008

Art in Bloom in full swing.

Just a real quick post.

The silent auction went off last night pretty well for my piece. The last bid before the bell was 325 on the flowers in the vase.



Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Things to do in Pensacola!

Ok I don't do this very much but I have to give you a clue how crazy this weekend is going to be. Lets start off with Art in Bloom that will be in the downtown area April 10th - 13th so that is all weekend you lazy slugs. No reason you can't roll downtown and see a metrix truck load of flowers, art, and find a nice spot to eat. I would give it a run on Sat. because the weather looks like it is going to be great.

Next up! It is that time again up at the Belmont Art Center. It is Hot Beer Cold Glass....ok I always say it that way and I can't help it. Much like I say Marble Clab Sleamery instead of Marble Slab Creamery. I think I have a mild case of something.

Anyway, Friday night you guys should check out the Hot Glass Cold Beer at the Belmont Arts Center. Glass Demos, pottery demos, metal working demos, Lampworking (beads) demos and I think that they are also letting people get a taste of working in all the areas so don't wear you Sunday bests if your wanting to get your hand dirty.

I plan to do a little work out in the shop on Sat. when I can fit it in so that will be fun also. If you are in town drop by I love visitors.

Sunday is the fun day! I kid, I am sleeping in.

Hope you guys have a good weekend.


Monday, April 7, 2008

Wiggle just a little bit.

Well Kim cam by yesterday and sanded the what I am now calling "The Wiggle Bowl" down so that it would sit correctly. I would like to point out that this has nothing to do with it being off in any sort of way but by design.

If you make a big giant flutted bowl it has a much better shape if you don't flatten the bottom of the bowl. Now this is where the lap wheel, or grinder, or sander, or 1600 dollar thing that goes around in circles comes in. It is a wonderful yet expensive piece of machinery.

What we do is we grind a flat spot on the bottom them polish it up with ever increasing levels diamonds. Sounds cool eh? Think of it like sanding wood with sandpaper but with diamonds. We start with a very rough diamon disk that is on the sander and take them down to finer ones. There are 4 steps down until you get to polish. Which is a giant felt pad that gets loaded with cerinium (sort of like pumuce) for the final polish. At this point it is optical clear. This takes about 20 minutes for each piece of glass to do it right.

Ok that is you quick lesson in cold working for the day.


Thursday, April 3, 2008

Glass blowing at Disney...who knew?

Would you have ever guessed that there was glass blowing at the magic kingdom? This started the trifecta of Glassblowing crazyness.

#1. Corkchop calls to tell me that the guy that runs the Belmont Arts Center just walked buy him. IE> Joe, the shop tech and resident artist at the shop I rent on Wed. nights. Strange. The only thing that would have made this even stranger is if they had been in front of the "It's a small world after all" ride.

#2. CorkChop then walked into a new area and low and behold it is glass blowing. Strange...perhaps. Trifecta of Glassblowing in now in play.

#3. See picture above at Disney. That is the exact same equipment that we use at the Belmont Arts Center. Cleaner, painted, but the same stuff. Trifecta of strange glassblowing moments complete.

Now that I have all the strange and wierd glassblowing happenings out of the way I want to share something with you guys that happend last night. My glassblowing partner who I like to call Kim Possible, Super Kim, or El Kimbolina made a huge progress step last night. Going on better than five years we have been meeitng every wed. night to not only blow glass but vent, bitch, smile, share, tell tall tails, and for lack of a better word support each other in our "other world" outside of glass. She is by far one of the most wonderful people I have ever meet. That is way it is so much fun to share this with you guys.

Kim came smilling into the shop last night with a goal. A goal that was outside of her comfort level. A goal that honestly I was kind of surprise that she set. It was not your typical Kim project. As it got closer to doing it I saw the "wiggle" as I like to call it. She started to doubt herself and had the added pressure of the person that needed the piece to be sitting right there in the shop. Now lets be fair because what she wanted to do she had never done. It was bigger, heavier, and harder than anything she has ever done. Wiggle wiggle. She needs it on Monday if I mess it up we can't get anouther made...Wiggle wiggle. Will you do it I know you can do it....Wiggle Wiggle. I did not let her off the hook and I consider that my job. Five years now and I should now what she can and can't do. I knew for a fact that she could pull this off if she would just calm down and give it a go. She has the skills she just needs someone not to let her back down. I knew she could do it and I wanted her to crush the wiggle.

Let me just say that she knocked it out of the park. First try. BANG! Big, heavy, clean and nice floppy bowl about the size of anything I have ever made. Nice Lapis blue and copper blue that is going to look awesome. Kim if you are reading this you made a HUGE step last night..HUGE! This is your progression point piece of glass that has pushed you to the next stage. I am proud of you and your wiggle needs to find a new home now.