For more than 20 years, award-winning sculptor and designer Elizabeth Lyons has been working in her craft of glass and sculpting. Elizabeth is the founder and director of More Fire Glass Studio... here in our city and has been so for the last 16 years.
When we came in to visit More Fire Glass Studio, Elizabeth and resident artist Jennifer Schinzing, who have been working together for the last 9 years, showed us just what it takes to create the beautiful glass pieces and vases that are adoring the walls of the gallery.
Once a new piece is started, there's no stopping, no coffee break, no bathroom break! until it's done. The process cannot be stopped or interrupted.
A small bit of molten glass is carefully stretched, sculpted, reheated, manipulated, and turned into a work of art. Something amazing from almost nothing.
Temperatures in these ovens are between 2125ºF to 2300ºF.
To watch a tiny dab of molten glass go from this...
...is quite incredible. These talented ladies sure make it look easy.
Elizabeth's work has been featured in galleries and publications across the US. Pieces range in size as well, from small ornaments and vases...
... to large commissioned light fixtures and sculptures.
Interested in learning more, watching demos, or maybe even buying something for your home or a gift? They're having an Open House next month! Here are the details:
Tuesday, September 23rd, 5-8:30pm
Head down to More Fire Glass Studio for an evening of glassblowing demonstrations, food trucks and more. Elizabeth Lyons, Jennifer Schinzing, Allyson Klopp & Brendan Miller will collaborate to create a one of a kind glass sculpture that will be raffled off at the end of the evening! Buy goodies from Le Petit Poutine, Eat Me Ice Cream and Java's.
The event is free and open to the public, so don't miss out. Event details.