I just got back from a trip to Las Vegas where I attended the 2010 Glass Craft and Bead Expo. This is my fourth time to attend this event. The first three years I took stained glass classes. This year I took fused glass class. I took a two-day advanced fused glass bowls class with Patty Gray and a 1 day glass manipulation class with Larry Cimaglio.
Patty’s class was packed with tons of techniques and information. We explored using frit, stacking, strip technique, patterns bars, combing, cold working and more. I came home with six projects. Four of which came out great and I loved. Two of them not so much; they were glass castings. But I’m sure with a bit more practice on my part I could produce something I loved. I was mentally exhausted by the end of the day. I am sure I was the only person in Las Vegas sound asleep by 8:00 p.m. I loved every minute of it and my head is spinning with ideas and things I want to try. I am excited to hear that Patty might be teaching in the Houston area this fall.
In Larry’s class I learned about drop vases, and manipulating glass in the kiln. He challenged his students to ask a minimum of 25 questions about anything to do with fused glass. I am pretty sure I met that challenge. Since I’m relatively new to glass fusing and I don’t have anyone locally to consult with, I took this opportunity to ask all the questions I had stored up. Larry was more than happy to share his knowledge.
If you ever get the chance to go to Glass Expo you won’t be disappointed. It’s a great place to learn, exchange ideas, see what’s new, and just have fun! I met a bunch of nice people who work in all areas of glass. Glass people are some of the friendliest people out there. And Las Vegas is just a fun place to be. In the four days I was in Las Vegas, I didn’t play the slots until the last day while I was waiting for the airport shuttle. I hit it big! My $1 bill earned me $10 on the penny slots.
In the days ahead, I’ll be blogging about my creations that I made in Las Vegas.