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10.  How long have you been blowing glass?

Since November of 1997 (9 years)
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Frequently Asked Questions
  1.  Do you actually blow into the glass?
  2.  How do you get all the colors in there?
  3.  Do you burn and cut yourself very often?
  4.  How did you get started?
  5.  How long does it take you to make a piece?
  6.  What kind of tools do you use?
  7.  Do you do custom work?
  8.  Do you repair work?
  9.  Do you teach lessons?
10.  How long have you been blowing glass?
  1.  Do you actually blow into the glass?

Yes,  If it is hollow glass then it has probably been blown into.  One of my handles will always be hollow when doing blown glass.  This allows me to blow into the hollow glass while it's hot, causing the glass to expand like a baloon.  Sculpted glass on the other hand, is usually solid and is not blown into at all.
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  2.  How do you get all the colors in there?

There are many answers to that becuase, like any art, your own imagination is the only limitiation.  I buy pre-made colored glass that comes in the form of rods, frits and powders.  I can use the rods to "draw" or "stripe" on the outside of the clear glass.  I can roll hot glass in frits and powders that will then stick to the glass.  By not melting these in all the way I can achieve different textures.  I can even pour frits and powders down into hollow glass to get color on the inside.
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3.  Do you burn and cut yourself very often?

Yes, unfortunatley if you want to play with fire your gonna get burned.  Although, I burn and cut myself less every year.  After a while  your hands become calloused and a little more tollerant of heat.
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4.  How did you get started? (Click Here)
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5.  How long does it take you to make a piece?

It can vary widely.  Some small, basic items can take as little as 5 minutes to produce, while work on other pieces can span across days or  even weeks. 
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  6.  What kind of tools do you use? (Click Here)
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7.  Do you do custom work?

Yes. (within my abilities) I have done a lot of custom work over the years and I am up to the challenge.  Whether you have an idea of your own, or you want something on my site but would like it a different color or design I can try to accomodate your imagination and preferences.  If I can't do it, I may be able to refer you to a glass artist who can.

Just contact me via email or call toll free 1 (866) I BLEW IT to discuss your ideas.
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  8.  Do you repair work?

Yes,  but only if it is lampworked glass.  If you are unsure, the easiest thing to do is email a digital photo of the broken object.  It helps to include something in the photo like a ruler or coin to reference size.  Make sure to include your name and phone number.  If you are unable to email a photo, call me toll free at 
1 (866)I BLEW IT
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9.  Do you teach lessons?

Yes,  I teach Private lesson at my home Studio.  The cost is $60 an hour with a minimum of 3 hours.  I provide the torch, tools, and materials.

I also teach classes at the Mesa Arts Center in downtown Mesa, Arizona.
Visit www.mesaartscenter.com for more information.




          
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