Quick survey for Friends of Jason…

you know that you get amazing discounts on any prices that we post, right? Right?https://www.etsy.com/shop/jasonstropko

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Just make sure to play your friends & family card and don’t forget to flutter eyelashes (that goes for both male and female friends, as there we have one male and one female running this glass adventure – flutterings always welcome)

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It is just important that we post life sustaining prices for those people who are not (yet) our friends and family. Because who would want to get stuck living in an RV motorhome, right?

Jason Stropko presents some of the ‘Tactile tableware’ set that is in development… First pieces are available already.

Jason Stropko presents some of the ‘Tactile tableware’ set that is in development… First pieces are available already..  Several items are ready to be shipped and others can be made to commission  within 7-10 days. (quicker turnaround time of as fast as 48 hours is sometime possible)

Tactile twisted ripple effect table ware set, blown glass, made by Jason Stropko
Tactile twisted ripple effect table ware set, blown glass, made by Jason Stropko

Orders are welcome for pieces to be made in good time for Christmas gift-giving season…  and it will be best if you can let Jason know by November 20th, this will allow lots of time to pay close attention to detail.

tactile twisted ripple effect : dessert bowls by Jason Stropko
tactile twisted ripple effect : dessert bowls by Jason Stropko

Working with glass artist Evan Kolker

Working with glass artist Evan Kolker on his high quality Pitcher Plants for exhibition later this year.

Working with Evan Kolker on his amazing blown glass Pitcher Plants.
Working with Evan Kolker on his amazing blown glass Pitcher Plants.

creating an extra large blown glass acorn

THIS acorn is now SOLD.

Jason Stropko creating a special order, extra large, blown clear glass acorn.. The small ones are usually solid glass and weigh about what a good paperweight does. All size acorns are available well in time for the Thanksgiving Winter season, some special orders can be fulfilled within 5-10 days of order placement (large quantity orders of 12+ can be collected or shipped within 5 working days, small orders will be grouped with other orders and may take 10 days to be ready for shipping or collection). Prices for all acorns currently range from $45- $185

Jason Stropko creating a special order, extra large, blown clear glass acorn..
Jason Stropko creating a special order, extra large, blown clear glass acorn..
large blown glass acorn
large blown glass acorn
large blown glass acorn
large blown glass acorn made by J. Stropko

(Limited acorns are available for $35. These are seconds, which are still tactile, beautiful and daydream invoking but may contain a small defect, which can be that the size doesn’t match it’s brothers and sisters or that it’s cap sits a little differently or it may have caught an unintended dent. Still a beautiful heirloom piece with a character all of it’s own)

then there was the day when everybody was at the Glass studio…

… there was a hive of activity, everybody was working.. David worked on his line of drinking glasses with rocks embedded in them, Evan assisted, Jerry worked with a  group of clients with another glassmaker assistant, Heather was just outside the field of vision working on a deadline…

Glow Glas Studio in Oakland, California, full of activity!
Glow Glas Studio in Oakland, California, full of activity! (David Battaglia, Evan Kolker, Jerry Kung and Cody Nicely assisting + 3 brand new glassblowing students / designers standing around)
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Jerry Kung explaining something
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David Battaglia at work making his rock-drinking glasses

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Jerry Kung giving a glassblowing demonstration to his students, with Cody (to the far right) assisting

..but where was Jason?

Sometimes every hardworking glassmaker needs a restorative siesta...
Sometimes every hardworking glassmaker needs a restorative siesta…

When the furnace is down and all plans change…

… this is where if you were new to glassmaking you would learn about the fact that once in a while each ceramic melting pot, sitting inside the furnace, will develop a crack, due to erosion and unforeseeable factors.. Once the crack deepens it either causes molten glass to leak or an effect takes place that is best described as ‘cords’ developing in the glass, which float on top of the molten glass and can appear in the blown glass pieces as raised cord like areas.. This is rendering the molten glass a lower quality and hence creating an unworkable situation.

This is when it is time to face the challenge and begin a 10 day process of cooling the furnace and molten glass slowly (several days), changing the ceramic crucible (ceramic pot that holds the molten glass) and bringing the furnace and a new batch of glass back up to temperature. The entire process takes somewhere around 10 days.

Of course this can throw a real spanner in the works when multiple glassmakers all booked time to create glassworks, when students lined the doors to take classes… We got lucky and Jason is able to continue teaching his glassblowing classes at Glass Hand Studio, a Glass studio on the lovely island (which originally was a peninsula) Alameda, just down the road from Oakland. Jason had met the owner Prax recently at a Jeff Mack, goblet making workshop that Jason assisted at. We are really happy that Prax can host Jason’s classes!

Jason just received a whole batch of bookings for glassblowing classes through #Verlocal and we are pretty excited about meeting these new students who will be coming for individual short sessions. The first few classes will be at Glass Hand Studio in Alameda before we relocate back to Glow Glass, where Jason usually works with fellow glassmakers, creates his own glass and teaches…

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