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Art Glass and Your Glass: From Tacoma To The Boomer Deck

Art glass, by Judy

If you have a broken window, replace it.

Duct tape eventually caves in.

What if you break a piece off an art glass sculpture made by the greatest glass man in the world?

You’re not replacing it and you’re not throwing it away.

Call someone.

A man who gets those calls travels to the glass. One time it was to Miami to repair a crack in a chandelier.

It was hanging inside a 270 foot yacht.

The repairman asked who owned the boat.

“That is none of your concern.”

How was the lamp cracked?

“That is none of your concern.”

Working the glass

He finished the job and went home.  Then he got this call:

“Stop fixing my work.”

Who visits Tacoma besides people lost on their way to Seattle? Fans of art glass. Art glass here, art glass there, art glass everywhere.  Is this Tacoma, or Chihuly-ville.

Train station art glass.  Freeway overpass art glass.  Museum art glass.

Topping it off with an art glass studio that looks like a nuclear cooling tower over one of Dante’s levels of hell where people reach into blast ovens with long poles.

To make the experience unforgettable a camera crew swoops around the workers and shows their work on a big screen inside the auditorium. What if DaVinci worked like this?

“Hey, Leo, why the sly smile on your girl?  Is she loaded?”


The finished piece

“Listen, Leo, we want The Last Supper, not this.”

The set up inside the Tacoma studio looks like a Roman gladiator ring. Are the artists brave? They melt glass.  When’s the last time you did that?

In the dim light of the studio, further darkened by smoke, the chimney overhead took on special qualities, a heavenly aspect.

If the experience feels enlightening and you want a piece of glass of your own, be ready to lay down some cash. Lots of it.

On the other hand, if your broken glass is less than arty, get it fixed.

Boomerpdx Lesson: The more beautiful and fragile something is, the more care it needs.

Better Boomer says, the same goes for you.

About David Gillaspie
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