Thursday, March 18, 2010

Traveling Lampwork Studio

OMG! I forgot to blog today! Wow! I will blame it on the exhaustion from the staph infection. Still ongoing... don't play with spiders!

But on to fun glassy stuff! I mentioned last week that I was going to the So Cal Flame Surfers meeting and that there would be a demo in a traveling lampwork studio. Katie O'Meara and Brian Mortensen are two Alaska based artists the winter in warmer climes and have built a studio in the back of their motorhome. It was really something to see!

This is a shot of Katie working. They travel with their glass in those cases under the table. I think they said they were gun cases. The padding inside protects the glass from shifting during travel. The table Katie is working on folds up and latches in place. The ladder in the back goes up to a huge skylight. Apparently this motorhome was designed for race fans who like to gather on top of the trailer.
The right side of the room features two more folding tables. When they are traveling, the kiln sits on the floor. Underneath is the second table is a freezer full of Alaskan seafood. Brian barbecues while they are on the road. Strapped to the back of the wall are the oxygen tanks.

The propane is moved outside when they are torching.

These are two of Brian & Katie's boro collaborations. Gorgeous!

This just proves that you don't have to give up your love of glass to take to the open road!

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