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Gary_B
12-01-2006, 08:17 AM
Morna and I held our big annual Christmas event at the studio last night. As usual we cleared some space for a jazz quartet to play live music while our extended family of glassblowing employees and friends created an elaborate, large glass piece. I've posted pics in previous years of the gang making a glass snowman and a glass gingerbread house. This year we had a hard time deciding what to make and considered a glass turkey on a platter with all the fixins but at the last minute it was decided to make a glass Santa. Here he is after 3 hours of team work. We managed to get 11 people involved with a core team of six.

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i14/mornagary/santa147.jpg

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i14/mornagary/santa152.jpg

I love seeing Santa being blasted the flames of three tiger torches.

Gary_B
12-01-2006, 08:19 AM
Aargh!! I wish I had checked my title more closely. Christma is not a strange Canadian variation on Christmas, Christma is a typo.

Tad
12-01-2006, 08:24 AM
Y'know the way he's holding his hands is perfect for an egg-shaped paperweight. If you needed my expertise you only had to ask. :D

Merry Christma because in the end, no one wants to make an s out of themselves.

Sorry, reaching.

Agent Helix
12-01-2006, 08:25 AM
Santa looks so mortified in that second photo.

"WHY?! WHY!? I ONLY WANTED TO BRING GIFTS!"

Gary_B
12-01-2006, 08:39 AM
Ha, hah! It does seem a bit cruel, Agent Helix. And Tad, your input is always appreciated. Here are some pics to show the setting of our creation.

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i14/mornagary/santa107.jpg

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i14/mornagary/santa122.jpg

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i14/mornagary/santa125.jpg

Gary_B
12-01-2006, 08:52 AM
The head was made seperate from the body and stuck on near the end of the process.

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i14/mornagary/santa135.jpg

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i14/mornagary/santa129.jpg

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i14/mornagary/santa143.jpg

rhboyd
12-01-2006, 09:19 AM
that's the coolest thing I've ever seen!!! Glass blowing and Jazz... you guys are the coolest on earth!!!

luv,
-r!

Catlin
12-01-2006, 09:52 AM
Its both beautiful and sadistic at the same time *wipes tear away* I have to amuse a few friends with these pictures now.

Eric Lofgren
12-01-2006, 10:44 AM
Outstanding stuff. That looks like it would have been a helluva fun evening. If not a little hot, both figuratively and virtually :)

Myron L
12-01-2006, 11:12 AM
That is way cool ! I never have gotten the opportunity to see glass blowing in process...its amazing !

rhboyd
12-01-2006, 11:44 AM
Did you hear about the glass blower who accidentally inhaled?!?

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he got a PANE in the stomach!

:D
-r!

Tad
12-01-2006, 12:12 PM
And Tad, your input is always appreciated.

Input? I meant you obviously had need of a master paperweight maker like myself. Ah well, the airport was no doubt closed due to snow. Looks like it was a great night1

Tad

Otto66
12-01-2006, 03:15 PM
Not a fan of Christma (no matter how its spellad), but that is
on nifty Santa. Thanks for sharing.

Gary_B
12-01-2006, 09:39 PM
Did you hear about the glass blower who accidentally inhaled?!?

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he got a PANE in the stomach!

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Many people have advised me not to inhale over the years, but this is the first I've heard of the consequences.

Nasty!

Gary_B
12-01-2006, 10:46 PM
Not a fan of Christma (no matter how its spellad), but that is
on nifty Santa. Thanks for sharing.

My plesur!

redoogie
12-01-2006, 11:45 PM
That is so cool, the way you have your set up. And the live music?? Thats just awesome.

Maija
12-03-2006, 07:37 PM
Awwww, another fantastic Christmas collaboration! That's so cool! :)

Is that gold foil on the base? How did you make the snow around his feet?

The planning, skill and coordination that goes into these projects of yours never ceases to amaze me. I imagine that it's got to be quite the synchronized performance as the pieces come together. Do you try to move in time to the music? ;)

Be sure to provide more pics when he comes out of the annealer!

Gary_B
12-03-2006, 08:01 PM
Awwww, another fantastic Christmas collaboration! That's so cool! :)

Is that gold foil on the base? How did you make the snow around his feet?

The planning, skill and coordination that goes into these projects of yours never ceases to amaze me. I imagine that it's got to be quite the synchronized performance as the pieces come together. Do you try to move in time to the music? ;)

Be sure to provide more pics when he comes out of the annealer!

No gold, I guess it's just the glass itself glowing in these images. The base is a thick slab of glass that I cast into a ring of metal. We sprinkled chips of white glass on the base to make it look snowy and it was soft enough that Santa looks like his feet are sinking in the snow a bit.

The sad part of this story is that the legs broke off just above the feet when we knocked him off the pipe for cooling. We saved both halves and will glue him together a little later.

Catlin
12-04-2006, 09:58 AM
The sad part of this story is that the legs broke off just above the feet when we knocked him off the pipe for cooling. We saved both halves and will glue him together a little later.

Poor Santa! Alas, that is the price one pays when they are made out of glass.

Gary_B
12-04-2006, 09:34 PM
Now that I've broken the news about Santa having truncated legs I feel that you are all emotionally prepared to see what one of the guys did with him after he cooled down. He is clutching a rubber squished rat complete with eviscerated details.

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i14/mornagary/santa165.jpg

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i14/mornagary/santa166.jpg

Sparky
12-05-2006, 03:46 AM
Ahhhh, that is the most heartwarming Christmas image I have ever seen. You should print cards with him on it.

Maija
12-05-2006, 05:37 AM
...with the caption "At least Santa gives a rat's ass! Merry Christmas!"


That rat is quite realistic for rubber. Does it squeak when you squeeze it?

Gary_B
12-05-2006, 06:42 PM
Here are some pics of previous team built pieces we've made at our Christmas events over the last several years.

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i14/mornagary/frostygbhandtree001.jpg
Frosty

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i14/mornagary/frostygbhandtree002.jpg
Gingerbread house (with Santa stuck in the chimney)

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i14/mornagary/frostygbhandtree004.jpg
Christmas tree. The presents under the tree were made by members of the team and have some typical characteristic of that artists work.

Gladiaria_Alata
12-05-2006, 06:49 PM
That Gingerbread house is looking strangely.... edible.















Or maybe I'm just getting hungry AGAIN. :rolleyes:

Catlin
12-05-2006, 11:21 PM
That Gingerbread house is looking strangely.... edible.

I was thinking the same thing...but then again, I'm ALWAYS hungry! *metabolism, slow down damn you!*

gdeo
12-05-2006, 11:27 PM
These pics look great...it looks like it's fun place to hang out!!!