Jacobson Glass Studio

Maine Craft Weekend and Belfast Creative Coalition

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This Saturday and Sunday, don't forget to come on out to my studio for Open Studio in conjunction with Maine Craft Weekend and the Belfast Creative Coalition. This is your chance to support local artists and crafts people, (like me,) and see them work up close.  I'll be giving demonstrations all day.

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I'll be open from 10 - 4pm both days.  This will also be a great chance see the beautiful fall colors on the drive out.  Call with any questions or for directions.

Maine Craft Weekend

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Hope you don't have any plans for Columbus Day Weekend, because my studio is participating in Maine Craft Weekend.  I'll be open Saturday and Sunday, from 10-4, giving demonstrations and making all sorts of glass.  Please stop in, watch me work, and check out my gallery area. It'll be a lot of fun.

You'll even get to see our dog, Willie, work in the studio.  He isn't very good at glassblowing yet, but has a very good sense of color.

Close Buy Catalog

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i'm very glad to be included in the Close Buy Catalog  that is used for New England School Fundraising.

My bud vases are for sale there.  So if you want to help out your local school, check out this catalog and purchase something.  They have wonderful items all made in New England, including my bud vases!

A Fun Lesson

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I had a great time with Mitzi, Jo Ellen, and Louis from Louisiana and Alabama.  We got to make paperweights, drinking glasses and pulled some cane. It was a great introduction to the wonderful world of glass.

I look forward to seeing them again.  Mitzi said she'd like her husband to try this the next time.  Looking forward to it.

Jo Ellen gathers some glass.

Jo Ellen gathers some glass.

Louis looks on as I demonstrate how to gather, using the bucket as a prop!  

Louis looks on as I demonstrate how to gather, using the bucket as a prop!

 

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Read the Newspaper Article About Me and Glassblowing Lessons

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Please check out the article in this week's Camden Herald and Republican Journal . Stephanie Grinnell did a great job describing the whole process and took some excellent photos.  She made it look like I'm actually working!  I had a great time. Stephanie had a chance to try her hand at playing with the glass. She did really well.

http://waldo.villagesoup.com/p/the-medium-of-molten-honey/1172166

I give individual introductory lessons for one or two people by appointment.  Check out the lessons page on this website.

 

New Platter Available

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This Celadon and White Platter is now available on my Etsy Store.  I love this piece.   It's made from two layers of glass rods that I assemble in contrasting angles. Then I fuse them together and slump them into the mold in this shape.  I leave the rough edge because I feel that it gives a textile look to the piece.

The platter is 21" long by 8" wide.

CraftBoston This Week

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If you're in the area, I do hope you'll stop by my booth at CraftBoston.  It would be great to see you.  I'll be showing a lot of new work that I'm really excited about.  New booth, new work.  A great combination.  Print out the card below for a $3 discount at the door.

Murrini Madness

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This will be available at CraftBoston.  I really love the colors in this. That dark brown is called Eggplant and goes very well with the purple.  This piece is about 6 inches in diameter and 4 inches tall.  It's solid color with no clear glass.

This will be available at CraftBoston.  I really love the colors in this. That dark brown is called Eggplant and goes very well with the purple.  This piece is about 6 inches in diameter and 4 inches tall.  It's solid color with no clear glass.

Sushi Platters Are In

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These are new items for CraftBoston.  I'm adding sushi platters to my line, and here are two examples of them.   These are 15 inches long, and are made up of two layers of contrasting angles.  The bottom layer is black cane and the top layer is white cane.

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Latest Piece for CraftBoston

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I'm getting ready for the CraftBoston Retail Show in April.  Building inventory, a piece at a time.  This is a fused platter.  The gaps between some of the stripes are intentional and make an interesting design element.

This is 15" long and 8" wide, and about 2" high.

Hope you like it.

Even though I made it for CraftBoston, in the meantime, I'm making it available  on Etsy.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/176807275/fused-glass-bowl-ooak-striped-green-and?

 

 

The Studio Equipment

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Today I start making glass for the upcoming CraftBoston Show, which is in the beginning of April.It might seem like a long way off, but time goes by way too quickly. So I've set up a production schedule, and for the next few weeks I'll be pulling cane right here.

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The Glassblowing Bench

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I just completed building my glassblowing bench, and I have to say, it is my favorite piece of equipment.

The wood on the bench is from my 200-year old house. I found it up in the attic. Pumpkin pine, old-growth tree, it is 22 inches wide.  22 inches wide!  That's amazing.  You can't get wood like that today.  I put 4 coats of polyurethane on to protect it.  I think it looks great.  Can't wait to start to use it.

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The Furnace is Ready To Go

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The plumbing is done for the furnace.  Safety equipment is installed.  The controller works.  Now I just have to fine tune the flame and input the information to the controller. I have fired the furnace twice and it works.

I give my first lesson to two lucky people who are guests of the Hartstone Inn in Camden, on January 22.  Can't wait.

I Drive A Lot

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Living in rural Maine, everything is a hike.  The nearest grocery store and town is 25 minutes away driving 55 mph. Portland is an hour and a half away. Freeport is an hour and 15 minutes.  I put on a lot of miles. About 30,000 a year, and consequently, spend a lot of time in that car.  I have to say, I don't mind most of it.  It's my own little space. 

But it also means I eat many meals in that car while I'm driving.  And I frequently pass other drivers doing the same. I've had breakfast, lunch, and dinner in that car quite often. And my clothes prove it. 

Many, many stains. Yes, there's the pizza, peanut butter and jelly, blueberry muffin, egg sandwich, steak sandwich, tuna sandwich, chocolate ice cream, and of course, the coffee stain. But I don't eat Sloppy Joe's, poached eggs, pancakes with syrup, or Napoleons. That would be stupid.

I'm in the process of developing The Auto Bib™.  A teflon-coated plastic bib that clips around your neck and drapes and curves in a loving way over your front.  While you're driving, everything that spills collects in the bottom curve and all you have to do is carefully remove it before getting out of the car and hose it down.  It'll come in wild, bright colors. I'll let you know when it's ready.

Then, I'll try the Sloppy Joe. With confidence.

The Forge is forging on

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The forge, or reheating chamber, is just about done!  Just have to hook up the burner system.  Just!  What a learning experience.  It's felt like trying to build the space shuttle.  None of this would have happened without the expert and generous help from Bill Bucholz, Ben Coombs and Charlie Correll.