Rich Arentzen & His Bright colors.

There is a strange contrast that comes into focus on rainy days in the hot shop. The mist and the murk that sits palpably outside, only stands to brighten the fire of the furnaces. The hot shop becomes as the eye of the storm, a place of serene and glowing heat amidst the storm. The glass glows a brighter, more entrancing orange. The heat laps at you like the tide. The feelings of the hot shop remain largely the same, simply more so for the bleak world beyond.

While all glass gives off light at very high temperatures, colored glass tends to give off far more. Something about the added opacity causes this effect.

It is interesting to note, that regardless of the color of the glass, it will glow some flavor of orange. The uninitiated will watch a glassblower work and silently (or not so silently) wonder why glass blowers love orange so damn much. While the colors do glow slightly different shades of orange depending on the original color, it can be very difficult for even a master gaffer to distinguish exactly which color it is while at working temperature. Luckily they cool rapidly, and it becomes fairly obvious. 

On a dreary Vermont day, Rich Arentzen brought some color into the hot shop. You can see a short video here.

This peculiar looking image is of two trim remnants. There are many reasons a gaffer might end up trimming the lip of a piece; in this particular instance it was done to correct for a strange break in the piece. The uneven trims left a perfectly even lip. 

In the end he  made three brightly colored lamp shades for a private client. The tallest is about twelve inches, and bright orange. The other two are ten inch spheres and are a deep purple. 



An AO Glass comic book?

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Today we met with Rachel Lindsay of

She was sent on a mission to make a comic about us by one of our favorite clients; Hotel Vermont.

It's going to be very interesting to witness this collision of the worlds of comics and craft. There is a great deal of overlap in attitude and perspective within the realms of the DIY indie comics of the late nineties and early 2000s, and the world of contemporary small industry and creative art. We both stem from a broad and illustrious tradition steeped in something like myth and counter-culture; and we've taken a path towards independence, social awareness, and collaboration.

Stay tuned to see what we create together. 




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The image to the left, the initial banner image of this blog, is a rather exciting photograph of our own Harrison Mccandless and Woodrow Sacco operating a glassblowing mold. 

Glassblowing molds are made of fruit wood, and are kept submerged in water until moments before the molten glass comes into contact. 

This particular mold was made for us on a computer controlled milling machine in California. It was made specifically to aid in the production of the Lure light fixture for Hubbardton Forge.