Life changes happen in a split second!
It was 1998 and I had just spent 10 days and $5,000 doing the New York Art Expo, making connection with art agents and international buyers. I was going big time with gigclee prints world wide and I wasn’t stopping until I was a famous artist!
I was taking a mini break at an art retreat before my big splash into my mass production career.
That’s when it happened! IT grabbed my butt and flung me into a unknown alien world, where I knew nothing!
Glass Lampworking is what the class syllabus called IT and all I knew was IT had something to do with glass and a disclaimer that the school was not responsible for accidents.
I was so heady from my exhilarating positive response at the Art Expo that I was pretty sure I could walk on water… I SIGNED UP.
The first class was epic for me and a poor lady!
I lit my torch repeatedly with sweaty hands and lifted my butt off the seat so I could bolt and flee just encase the torch blew up! (Did I mention I am scared to death of fire?) Yep… and here I was playing with a 1800° flame!
I managed to put dripping, molten glass on my mandrel*, twirling it awkwardly to form a blob of yuk that I later proudly claimed to be my bead in front of the rest of the class.
*mandrel-(basically a tire spoke with bead releasing clay on it)