I made this piece during January of 2010, at the Beginner II class at Seattle Glassblowing Studio. I used some some very cool techniques, which combined to make the ugliest thing I've ever made.
I love the tiny bubbles in this piece, which are more visible in the full pictures. This is done by quickly dunking the hot glass into a freshly stirred bucket of water with baking soda. You've probably seen this on countless Mexican-themed pitcher and tumbler sets, usually with a cobalt blue lip wrap.
The blue marks on this piece are cane drawing, where the gaffer "draws" on the piece using a thin noodle-like piece of colored glass. The cane didn't stick to the piece where I intended, and it cut my hand a little when it snapped halfway through. I haven't yet seen an application of cane drawing that I like; it always reminds me of a puff paint t-shirt.
The piece is oval shaped, rather than round. The gaffer does this using cork paddles while the assistant heats and flips the piece at the gaffer's command.
While I think that this particular vessel is pretty hideous, a lot of people like it. I gave it away during an "Ugly Glass Exchange" / white elephant party around Christmas. The person who got it seemed to like it. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder, eh?
As always, thanks to the husband for the photography.
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