Someone who is highly skilled at research and discovery — particularly when it comes to “material science” — has opened up a very neat new fused glass shop for him to create new glass art work in, and it is just down the road from me. He took various classes from me over the past few years and is very investigatory about techniques and designs. He can make sure bubbles occur or do not, based on his careful records and use of specific glass. Look at the top of this posting to see just one of the new samples of his work, which I think are sharp with style.
Recently, Ed and I had a grand time stepping over to his house for wine, cheese and review of his new layout and many pieces of work. I plan to write much more about his new adventures, as things progress, and I know they will. Once someone gets the bug to blast the fires, simmer, and shape fused glass it is hard to step back away. So stay tune to comments and additions to this blog story.
For this of you not familiar with fusing glass, it might surprise you to learn that you has to program a controller at the front of the kiln to set up various phases of firing that specify how fast the temperature should rise, to what temperate and how long it should stay there — to achieve a special effect.
The ramp rates are different for a full fuse, a tack fuse or a slump. One usually runs back and forth to the kiln to see if it is behaving like it should. After he set up his new shop, this glass fuser cleverly positioned a camera right in front of the controller on the kiln, so while he is somewhere else in the house or even away from home, he can monitor the temp to make sure the controller for the kiln is behaving as programmed by him. He must be very bright because he can remember if the ramp rate or temperature is off track for that particular piece, as he views the display on his computer, wherever he happens to be.
The remote monitoring also has audio and is something he can check on his phone as well. He also is quite conscientious about safety: the studio has remote temperature, smoke, and carbon monoxide sensors that will also let him know on his phone if something starts going awry.
I imagine you are curious. So what’s his name? Gary. A few of you that know me, might also know him. Gary happens to be a SAS software manager who works in Business Intelligence software, which I showcased for SAS in their very first international web with video marketing message, some years back. So we have a few things in common.