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Rev. 2009-02-10 (image source)
I took class with Fritz at Seattle Glassblowing Studio prior to
the 2004 GAS Conference in that city. MF
Making a glass pickup truck on second page.
He also made a model of the Space Needle, not shown here.
|Several of these pictures are blurred, due to low light and hand held and still finding the shot useful. This seems to be the only full shot of the hot wall at Seattle Glassblowing, where the workshop was held.|
|The studio space is generous with large annealers against the wall to the right and large marvers. Offices and gallery are behind the camera position. The space (like most Seattle studios) is dedicated to team glassblowing and has no hanging points for pipes or punties and no hanging collars on them which anyone working alone automatically uses. Fritz expressed surprise as to how a person works alone and got upset when I attempted to use a bench standing in front of it, saying I would get burned.|
|The class alternated between demos by Fritz and exercises done by teams of 3. Usually these had some specific goal, often with a time limit that was ignored by most of the students. Most of the students were much younger than I, had worked in this studio with this glass before and were more experienced in general and in working with a team.|
Put waxed tools to one side and non-waxed (usually cutting or gripping) to the other because wax makes tools slip.
|Fritz working a demo, preparing the bubble.|
|Fritz is known for his use of hot bits and whimsical constructions. This is a demo piece with a number of ribs added around a blown bubble, pulled in various ways.|
|Finished piece with ribs and handles and loops.
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