Monday, July 13, 2009

Hot shop

First off, a Crooked Brook sock has been completed. Yay!!

I thought I'd share a few more pictures from the Museum of Glass. The above montage shows images of the inside of the Hot Shop...the glass studio where visiting artists come and work in front of a live audience, a display of some of the work by the current visiting artist, one of the outdoor installations, and a view of the hot shop from the outside.

This outdoor installation, Mirrored Murrelets by Joseph Gregory Rossano, is part of a rotating series of displays that are exhibited on different plazas outside the museum.

The hot shop is complete with many hot ovens and various and sundry tools needed to achieve the artistry the creator envisions. You can read more about the hot shop here.

It is truly amazing to watch all these people move around each other, the ovens and the various flames. It is like a dance. They are totally aware of who, what and where so as not to burn themselves, each other, or break something. Fascinating.

The guest artist pictured here is Lisa Zerkowitz.

The personal protective equipment is donned when a person takes the finished object and transports it rapidly from the working oven

to the annealing oven, where the glass object is allowed to cool slowly.

Not only has the first sock been finished, the second one has been cast on. No SSS at Chez NK!!

I almost last thing...I loved the attention to detail in the restroom at the Museum of Glass...even the soap catchers were one of a kind.

Happy Monday!


Rani said...

My gosh, that glass museum is fascinating. What a treat to be able to watch the artists working like that.

I am absolutely in love with that colorway. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Sylvia said...

Again, pretty pretty socks and you sure know how to take a picture!

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

I found the hot shop to be fascinating. And it also brought to fore the question of art versus craft. There's one artist who comes up with the concept for the pieces being made. And then there are the craftspeople who are actually making it. Who then is the artist? Are the craftspeople artists, too? The name that goes on the pieces (they were vases that day) is only that of the designer, but doesn't the glassblower deserve credit, too? Just my musings...

Neuroknitter said...

pdxknitterati brings up an excellent and thoughtful point! Mr. NK and I were discussing that very thing while watching all the activity!

Thank you for sharing and articulating the point so well!

Courtney said...

Love those cake stands......need one of those.