Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Open House

The Open House went well. We had a great turn out. Everyone really seemed to enjoy and show. Many thanks to everyone who came together to make it happen. We still have plenty of ice cream bars in the freezer. Feel free to drop by any time to hang out and watch us work. Thank you all for the gifts and good cheer too.
Keep it centered.

Cia Friedrich art glass

Cia Friedrich art glass
My brother got me one of her skulls for Christmas. Very nice work.
Thank you everyone who came out for the Open House this past weekend. The support is greatly appreciated.
Keep it Centered

Monday, May 21, 2007

That's Clever

Whew, HGTV's "That's Clever" filmed me working in the studio on Saturday. It was great fun. A lot of work goes into the production of a six minute television spot. About six hours of filming and talking, and setting up, and moving, and redoing. With glass it is a one take process. It is hot and moving and one can not stop. The folks doing the shooting were most kind. Even when I messed things up they stayed positive and helpful and very tolerant. Pretty amazing really. The projected air date for the show is the Spring of 2008. It seems a long way off but really is just around the corner.
Well. Keep checking the schedule. We will be having an open house soon. Memorial Weekend should be great fun. Everything should be up and running and fully operational by that time. This week I will be working on a membership kit too. I should have something definitive by the weekend.
Thanks again to everyone for the inquires and help.
Keep it centered.

Thursday, May 17, 2007


Well, on Saturday we will have a closed set for the HGTV "That's Clever" segment. If you would like to visit us that day come by in the morning. Yes, Gnat I owe you a beer. That is if they show me on TV once the segment is created.
I was planning on going to GAS in Pittsburgh. At this point it does not look like I will make it there. Things may change but the cost at this time is prohibitive. There is always next year in Portland where everyone is going to be camping out in Steve's backyard!
Keep it centered.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Going and Blowing

We started charging the furnace last night. We got about 150 lbs of glass in. Roy is going to finish it up today for a full cook. So good. He is finishing up the glory hole today. My mom finished painting out the marigold wall yesterday as the rest of us sat around and chatted and watched.
We will be blowing on Thursday. Did I say that already? Thursday, can you believe it? It seems a long time coming. I am thrilled. Come by the studio if you can. We will start preparing for this summer.
We have some lights left to hang. Some wiring to do. Mopping of the floor. Organizing. Dusting. Little bits.
Keep it centered.

Saturday, May 12, 2007


I've got tension, tension, tension is all I know...
We are putting the elements into the furnace this evening. High stress activity. They break. Once they are in usually things are good but getting them in is high stress.
Ready for relaxation.
If all goes well it will start to get hot tonight.
Peace good people.
Keep it centered.

Monday, May 07, 2007


Roy has been rebuilding the glory hole with great success. It is really looking good. Hopefully it will fire up well too. Everything is in place and the gas is being run today. Electric in the next couple of days. Hopefully everything on order will arrive in good shape and installation will be a success.
I need to order color and some needed items.
Thank you to everyone for all the help. Start planning now for our grand reopening on Memorial Day weekend.
Keep it centered.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Catch Up

Whew, time is flying. Since the break-in things seem to be moving more faster. It could be the approaching summer. It could be all the work left to do. It could be all the work that has been done.
If you have not had the opportunity to come by the studio as of late things are really coming along.
We were accepted to be on the HGTV program "That's Clever". It looks like I owe the Gnat a beer. It should be great fun. May 19th is the projected filming date. Everything has to be up and running full force before then. I hope I can get my chops back by then.
Hang on tight.
Keep it centered.