Every year, Jinny gathers the entire staff together for a holiday party early in January. Sometimes we know what is going to happen and sometimes it is a big surprise. A surprise is what we had this year.
In December, Jinny was invited to a holiday show by her friend, and potter, Laura Nichols. Laura invited various artists to set up a booth in her old house. It was there that Jinny met Foster Holcombe who had several pieces of his glass displayed. He was telling someone about the workshops he does and was explaining how he gets the different colors of glass, etc. It was then that Jinny started hatching her plan.
Jinny told us a date, that we were going to brunch which would include our traditional white elephant swap, followed by an activity which required us to plan our wardrobe around only natural fiber clothing. I will admit that this caution immediately clued in one staffer but the rest were truly puzzled not just by what our activity would be but what to wear. There are a lot of manmade fibers in women’s clothing.
Meeting at the Studio, we divided ourselves up into cars with only directions to our first stop which turned out to be the Old Angler’s Inn.
After brunch, we were once again given directions with just the address of our destination. We took back roads to our final stop, the Art of Fire studio in Laytonsville, Maryland.
First, our instructor would reach into the furnace with a four-foot long hollow tube called a blowing iron. It is 2400° in the “glory hole” and when the blowing iron is removed there is glowing molten glass on the end.
***As this blog was being published, our finished pieces arrived at the shop – aren’t they all so different?