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I could never be an astronaut

I’ve already got Cabin Fever. Because of this amazing blizzard that is attacking the northeast, I’ve been in my house since yesterday noon. The snow is still blowing horizontally, with the wind chill at -14 degrees, and is supposed to continue all day. I won’t be going out for any extended time anytime soon. I did go out this morning for 10 minutes to walk my dog, (how’s that for dedication?) but I’m back inside now. Glad we are safe and warm. If I don’t think about not being able to move about town when I want to, I’m okay. I’m kind of a restless guy by nature.
Which brings me to being an astronaut. Stuck in a capsule, or even the space shuttle? Are you kidding me? I mean, I’d love to be walking around ON the moon or ON Mars, but getting there would be the challenge. Confined to such a tight space, for days on end. Drinking Tang? Fuggedaboudit. I guess I could take Space Walks now and then. Walks to nowhere. No, I’ll take my circumstances right here right now.
Where’s my dog? It’s time to go out.

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Mayo Street Craft Fair

Ornaments for sale at today’s craft fair. Join the crowd.

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My Dog Would Sound Like Sean Connery

I often imagine what my dog, a 9 -year old golden retriever named Willie.  would sound like if he could talk. Without a doubt he  would sound like Sean Connery, or maybe Cary Grant.  I can very clearly hear him introducing himself to a  female dog on the street with, “The name is Bond, Willie Bond.”

And Willie would look most excellent in a tux, sitting at the Baccarat table, winning yet another hand.

Of course, if he did sound like Cary Grant, Willie would be perfect in the Hitchcock thriller, North By Northwest. As a very fleet-of-foot Golden, Willie would have no trouble outrunning that crop duster that almost nailed  Cary. And he would deliver his lines with that Cary Grant “Cool.”

I don’t remember many of Grant’s lines by heart.  And none from North By Northwest. The only line of I do know  is his repeating “Judy, Judy, Judy.”  Yeah, Willie could say that. That’s what he’d sound like.

 

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Andrew Page on Glass

The GlassLab initiative, The Corning Museum of Glass‘s hotshop outreach to the design world, recently wrapped up its blazingly hot month-long showcase on New York City’s Governors Island, an event organized in conjunction with the exhibition “Graphic Design—Now in Production” by the Cooper-Hewitt and the Walker Art Center. Every weekend in July 2012, the Corning crew fired up their ultra-light glassblowing studio in the service of a roster of designers ranging from the up-and-coming, such as recent RISD MFA grad Helen Lee, to some of the biggest names in graphic design, such as esteemed product- and packaging-design star Judy Smilow. After a detour to Nantucket, where the mobile hotshop was used by a range of artists and designer Ted Muehling blew glass as part of a Dane Gallery fundraiser, the crew has returned to Corning, New York, where they continue to host designers in…

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My Class with Davide Salvadore at Corning Museum of Glass

Boy, am I lucky.  I just returned from a week-long class at The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.  Davide Salvadore, a glass maestro from Murano, Italy, was teaching a course in murrine making, and how to pick them up on a blowpipe to make a piece out of it.

Murrine making is a technique that I use a lot, so it was a natural to take his class.  He is a very generous man with his time and knowledge.

To make murrine, you bundle rods of color in a pattern that you choose, heat it all together, and then pull it like taffy, into a long, maybe 15 feet, rod.  It then goes into the annealer, and the next day you slice it into 1/2″ chunks.  The cross-section pattern is what you’re after.

I’ll explain more and show some examples in later blog posts.  Suffice it to say, the technique is tricky at first, but the patterns and combinations of colors areImageImageImage only restricted by your imagination, and Davide Salvadore is a master at this technique.

More later.

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The Other Down Hill

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“Horsetail Fire Falls”- Yosemite National Park, CA – Nader Beheshti – Featured Photographer

“Horsetail Fire Falls”- Yosemite National Park, CA – Nader Beheshti – Featured Photographer.

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