The first trip I took, was way back in 2005, when my wife Rania Hassan, and I took a glass blowing class that Tim Tate and Michael Janis had set up durring the winter.
|Me, being taught to blow a tiny tiny bubble by Simone Travisano.|
I actually used that bubble in the reliquary i made for class.
I've been down to their annual auction twice, and even helped teach a technique as a visiting (assistant) instructor a couple of years ago.
This visit I went down as the Studio Assistant, along with Rob Kincheloe, for Tim Tate's one week 21st Century Reliquaries class. I was to show the class examples of the Dry Plaster Casting technique that the Washington Glass school pioneered and I use in all of my work. It was great to be down there in a more official capacity and actually get to work. In my past visits, I've felt a bit distant and removed from the intensity of the experience. This time we got straight to work.
We started Sunday night with a class orientation, a slide show of the history of reliquaries, and we all shared images of our own work. We got to know each other a bit.
Stories of regret were created, stories of anger, stories of triumph, religion, lamenting the death of bees, cheering the death of squirrels, issues of money, sexuality, and hope were all created.
All in all a fantastic experience. I would highly recommend taking a class there.
Check out my slideshow of the class and the work that was created.