To think I almost bagged this tour by our local Womens' group because of the early departure!!! I've witnessed glass-blowing in Prague and in Bermuda and was even given the opportunity to blow glass myself on a tour outside of Tokyo (not nearly as easy as it looks!!!). although each has been quite amazing, today's tour of McClellan Gallery was o.t.t.! The very likeable & informative Duncan McClellan, its 'founder', gave the 6 of us a private before-hours tour (the Gallery opens at 10 a.m.), introducing us to a couple of artists preparing for this weekend's show who in turn, enthused about their individual glass creations.
We finished out at the 'hot shop' where Alexis Silk was instructing a team of four in preparation of one of the awesome angel torsos that are among her most splendid works. There our small group sat / stood, entranced, for over an hour, unwilling, any one of us, to tear ourselves away until the second wing (from its separate oven) had been secured at the shoulders, and the entire incredible piece was completed. I had never before witnessed the team-work aspect involved in creation of such magnificent pieces and came away hugely impressed at how professional, even 'joyous' this group of artists are!
We were allowed to photograph the many amazing works displayed, something we each felt was almost 'too good to be true' ... I'll attach several to whet the appetite of those who haven't yet 'discovered' the McClellan Gallery. Most of us left with the intent to return with family members and friends in the near future, perhaps for the once-a-month gallery gad-about, of which McClellan, as I understand, is an active participant.
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