(Continued from previous lesson)
From our last lesson you learned a little bit about what the glass looks like before it goes in our furnace, and becomes molten enough to be worked with. Well today I have some photos of what the furnace and the glass inside looks like when its hot. As you can see in the photo on the right, our controller shows that the furnace temperature is 2,151 degrees Fahrenheit.
This is hot! But not as hot as our glass gets. When working with the glass outside of the furnace, it cools down. So in order to be able to manipulate the glass again, we use a piece of equipment called a reheating chamber. This equipment is a barrel laid on its side and heated with gas and air to create a radiant heat of up to 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Friday 26th from 5pm-8pm we will be hosting our next show titled "Anything Goes Glass"
All of the work from some extremely talented glass artists from around the Macon area is all set up in our showroom so stop by for some art, culture and good times!
New Product alert!
Blazing Paddles is now taking orders for glass rondels.
Sizes vary from 4"-12" and can be created in a variety of patterns and colors.
4" - 5" Frit - $35.00
4" - 5" Solid Color - $40.00
6" frit - $40.00
6" Solid Color - $45.00
7" Frit - $50.00
7" Solid Color - $55.00
8" Frit - $60.00
8" Solid Color - $65.00
9" Frit - $70.00
9" Solid Color -$75.00
10" Frit - $80.00
10" Solid Color - $85.00
11" Frit - $90.00
11" Solid Color - $95.00
12" Frit - $100.00
12" Solid Color - $105.00
Incalmo (sizes 7" and up) Add to Solid Color Price
Single Color Incalmo w/ clear outside ring +5.00
Double Color Incalmo +10.00
Minimum order is $70.00
(please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery)
Our artist, Bryan M. Beck worked at Kokomo Opalescent glass back in 2013 and 2014 and spent most of his time there making rondels for stained glass artists all over the world.
For more information, feel free to contact us at:
Blazingpaddlesstudio@gmail.com or use our contact page here.
Learn about glassblowing
I have decided to start a blog post about all things glass. If you have ever wanted to learn about glassblowing, follow this blog, or take one of our classes to try it yourself! Just head to the CLASSES page for more information on that.
Glass can be made in many different ways. At Blazing Paddles Studio we purchase premelted clear glass. The company we buy this glass from mixed what is call glass batch. Batch is a mix of different elements, including silica oxide, dolomite and lime.
To get this glass in a molten state we turn our electric glass furnace up to 2100 degrees Fahrenheit, and fill up a pot made of high temperature refractory. At this temperature the glass melts and takes on a honey like consistency.
Check back next time to learn more about glass.
Group classes starting in January will be available every Saturday and Sunday. There will also be two class times each day!
We will be rearranging how our studio is run, which in turn will make our classes even more affordable.
NEW CLASS PRICES:
$55.00 per person
$100.00 per two people (must choose two person price when checking out)
Want more time with our instructors?
New private lesson prices:
$171.00/2-hrs (10% off)
$228.00/3-hrs (20% off)
Head on over to our classes page for more information on the classes available.
We are happy to announce the scheduled events for December 2017 and hope you’ll be out and about celebrating the holidays and catching some glassblowing classes, sales and art events. Below is a list of places we are currently scheduled to perform or sell our work. Please contact us with any questions or for more information on Blazing Paddles Studios upcoming schedule.
December 1: The 567 Center for Renewal First Friday Art Opening: Favorite Things. Come view great local artwork including exclusives from Blazing Paddles Studio LLC in this Holiday show featuring work $100 and under. Perfect for gifts and treating yourself on Friday December 1st from 6-9pm and up through December 29th at 456 First St. Macon, Ga 31201.
December 1& 2: Blazing Paddles invites you to sign up for our first available slots for private glassblowing lessons. Though you can schedule a private lesson at any time by contacting us via our classes page, the 1st and 2nd of December will kick off our first class days in our new glassblowing studio at 3274 Liberty Church Rd. Macon, Ga 31216. We hope to hear from you!
December 9: Check out our classes page to get more info and register for our December 9th ornament class. We will teach students with no experience how to create their own blown glass ornament to enjoy or give as a gift this holiday season. Class from 11a.m.-1p.m. $75 per person or save when you sign up with a friend!
December 9: Check out our classes page to get more info and register for our December 9th
paperweight class. We will teach students with no experience how to sculpt their own glass paperweight to enjoy or give as a gift this holiday season. Class from 2p.m.-4p.m. $75 per person or save when you sign up with a friend!
December 16: Main Street Macon is partnering with Just Tapd and the Downtown Macon Community Association in hosting a Christmas in Downtown! Join us along with many other local venders for some food, fun and holiday shopping from 4p.m.-8p.m. in the Rosa Park Square block.
We are so excited to share our scheduled events for November 2017 and hope to see you out and about around town catching some glassblowing demos and art events. Below is a list of events we are currently scheduled to perform or sell our work at. Please contact us with any questions or for more information on Blazing Paddles Studios upcoming schedule.
November 3-4: Reedimg Hope Center Hosts an East Macon Fall Block Party; LIVE Glassblowing Demonstrations by Blazing Paddles Studio LLC on Friday November 3rd from 6-10pm and Saturday November 4th from 10am-9pm at 404 Church St. Macon, Ga 31217.
November 3: Macon Arts Alliance will host their Handcrafted Holiday Opening Reception from 5-8pm at 486 1st St. Macon, Ga 31201. Drop in to see work by the Blazing Paddles Studio team from glass to ceramic work by our resident artist Yen-Ting Chiu. Up all month.
November 4: New Town Macon brings us the "Garage PARKlet". Come enjoy music, food and local art in the Mulberry Street parking garage as its transformed into a community space for 24 hours. Blazing Paddles Studio will be bringing handblown glass and handmade ceramics available for purchase from 10am-6pm.
November 11-12: Blazing Paddles Showroom will host an annual Glass Pumpkin Spectacular at 3890 Napier Ave. Macon, Ga 31204. Come by Saturday and Sunday from 9am-3pm to enjoy an array of handblown glass pumpkins available for purchase as well as Coffee and refreshments served while supplies last.
November 18: Decatur Glassblowing is having their 5th year Anniversary Party at 250 Freeman St. Decatur, Ga 30030. Catch Blazing Paddles Studio demonstrating from 6pm-6:45 alongside some other awesome local glass artists! Party lasts from 5pm-10pm and will be a family friendly event with food, drinks and music!
We are very excited to offer handmade blown glass gifts and art along with our resident artist Yen-Ting Chiu who will be bringing ceramic items into the mix for the Artrepreneur Market Place! Accompanying Blazing Paddles Studio LLC there will be over 40 vendors including: Art, Baked Goods, Doll Clothes, Leather Goods, Handmade soaps, Skin Care, Jewelry, Batik Clothing, Embroidery, Baby Items, Fiber Art, Photography, Purses, Quilts, Folk art, Wreaths and Bows, Plants, Woodworking, Pottery, Handmade Cards, Essential Oils, and Walking Sticks.
Come for Lunch! Homemade soup and sandwiches- Purchase benefits the Centenary Community Missions Men's Transition House Program.