Most forms of art are meant to be admired from afar. We look, we interpret. We consider how beautiful it is or how it makes us feel. However, there are entire schools of craftwork that open up art to a much greater definition. Art for practical use. Art that we can literally feel. Art meant to not just be looked at, but to be touched, and more importantly, used. Today’s guest, Josh Simpson, is one of the best in the world at one of the oldest crafts in existence, glass blowing. Josh will teach us all about the basics of glassblowing and explain the difficulties of working with such a unique medium.
2:30 - Josh’s story of how he got started glassblowing.
10:00 - The value of not having a teacher.
12:30 - Having a different technique from traditional glass blowers.
15:00 - Being obsessed with glass blowing.
16:05 - The basics of glassblowing.
21:00 - The benefits of working with glass now.
24:00 - The inspiration of space.
28:00 - Art meets useful objects.
31:00 - The process of making these complex pieces.
36:45 - Do you know how they will look before they come out?
39:00 - The risk of getting burned.
40:10 - The difficulties of making a massive planet.
48:10 - Being one of the best at what you do.
51:30 - Advice.
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THIS EPISODE WAS MADE WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Michelle & Jim Wortner