Making art at 2,100 degrees
One-time hotshop classes at Tulsa Glassblowing School range from $35-$95. Kiln classes begin at $20. Weekly classes and private lessons also are available. Call 918-582-4527.
Hot good. Cold bad. Keep turning.
These are the rules of working with molten glass at the Tulsa Glassblowing School’s “hotshop,” where skilled artists like Kenneth Gonzales create one-of-a-kind art and teach the craft to others.
Gonzales, the school’s project director, has blown 2,100-degree glass for 15 years. At TulsaPeople’s private demonstration, it took only an hour for him and three assistants to shape an exquisite vessel that will become part of Gonzales’ “Bonded” series.
Despite the heat, their well-choreographed ballet awed its spectators.
“You don’t work in isolation,” says Janet Duvall, TGS executive director. “It’s a team sport.”