Cruise #6

My Auction pieces for the 6th cruise I have been on!!! ((Time is flying by-only 2 cruises left before I return to Toledo))

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Otters Holding Hands
(I have never tried to make a piece like this! I am so proud of the detail in this piece, considering I had no torch and I worked completely inside of the bench!!!)
–Fun fact: Otters will hold hands when they sleep so that they do not drift apart–

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Blue Whale Shooting Water

And some of my other favorites from this cruise:
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Little Lizard

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Baby Penguin

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Flower Murrini Vase

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Whale Shark named “Willy”

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Cruise #5

The team is all dressed up for the auction!
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Here are some of the pieces I made from the 5th cruise!
My 2 auction pieces:
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Butterfly Vase With Flower Murrini
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Orca Whale

And some of my other favorites from the cruise:
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Spot the Dog
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Oh Yeah! Kool-aide Pitcher
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The “You Design It” piece was drawn by 12 year old, Emily who won the contest! I made her color pencil pony out of glass! 🙂

Davide Salvadore Studio Visit

Davide Salvadore Studio Visit

Taryn, Dane, and I (along with a couple other crew members, Ariana and Alex) went on a mission to visit The Salvadore’s!!! We got to check out their amazing studio and gallery!!!
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Here’s some pieces fresh out of the annealer!!!

We also got to watch a demonstration:
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And I was reunited with my past instructor Mattia Salvadore:
(He is a new father!!! Congrats!!!)
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Some Stowaways!

Some Stowaways!

While cruising through Venice, I was very lucky to have my past instructor Elena Rosso who came to visit the Corning cruise ship hot shop! A little over two years ago I took a class with Mattia Salvadore and Elena, and now they were able to check out the electric furnace and glory hole!!! Elena introduced us to some other friends too who boarded the ship! I love how small the glass world is!!!
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Federico, Elena, Myself, and Anuschka

After that Elena asked Taryn, Dane, and myself if we wanted to go see the best glass maker in Venice.. Of course we replied, “YES!!!”. So we got off the ship and headed into Venice to meet Igor Balbi!
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He did a private demonstration for us! He is incredible!!! (He does not even need to anneal his glass because it is so thin and evenly blown and he does not use any tools to shape his goblets; just the heat of the flame!!!) incredible!
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Some shots of his gallery…incredible!!!

Cruise #4

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Little dolphin on a wave

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Ladybug bottle

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Missing Toledo:tribute to Brien Strancar and the gang 🙂

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“You Design It” by 6 year old Olivia

I am really happy with this work! First cruise where team leader Catherine Ayers left, and Dane Jack comes aboard! We miss you Catherine, but are adjusting well with Dane!

Maestro Adventure on Murano!!!

Maestro Adventure on Murano!!!

4 of us shipmates were on Murano after all the tourists had left the island. Catherine and I (glass blowers), Alex (Accapella member), and Ariana (contortionist). We were enjoying some Prosecco at a bar when a bunch of older Italian men started to ask us questions. We explained that Catherine and I were making glass on the ship. One of them, Vittorio Viseman invited the four of us to his home where he shared homemade wine and goodies with us! (More photos to come)