The Virginia Hot Glass Festival was a blast! No pun intended of course. Sunspots Studio in Staunton, Virginia, is a huge multi-level converted brick factory with some amazing glass art. On the first level there was the gallery with everything from jewelry to blown ornaments to huge glass sculptures. Some pretty fabulous work. Also on the main level is the glass blowers hot shop, with multiple glory holes and some impressive equipment.
On the 2nd floor of Sunspots Studios, there were artists booths and lampworking demos going on throughout the day. I met lampwork artist Debby Weaver, who is known for her fabulous Venetian Carnival Masks. Her work has been featured in issues of The Flow magazine and numerous other publications. It was a pleasure to meet her, and I also got to see her in action! She demoed the making of one of her lovely etched floral focal beads.
To the left is one of the glass artists (Daniel Scogna), working on a kids challenge. Children under 12 were asked to draw pictures, and the glass artists were asked to created a representation of that drawing.
You can see a few examples in the foreground of the picture. The drawing for this challenge was of Pikachu, that adorable yellow cartoon Pokemon that many folks are familiar with.
Unfortunately, Pikachu met his demise after being transferred to a glass punty for work on his feet. The entire audience let out a collective disappointed gasp, when it fell to the floor and shattered.