Monday, May 14, 2012

live, laugh, love glass, tigard, or.

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A friend and I went to Live, Laugh, Love Glass, a glass arts facility in Tigard, OR., and made these beautiful glass bowls. He says his is prettier than mine. Which one do you think is prettiest? ;)
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Initially, I was lukewarm about the idea of taking on yet another hobby, but it turned out to be a fascinating experience. Our instructor, Nick, was very knowledgable and imparted that knowledge to us throughout the hour and a half it took to create the bowls.
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The 6,000 sf facility, located off I-5 at 12230 SW Main St., Tigard, OR., which used to house a grocery store, is impressive for its sheer size. I could spend a long time in the entrance of the shop, which is adorned with tons of eye candy in the form of beautiful and colorfully finished art glass pieces; bowls, ornaments, wine-bottle backdrops, lamp shades, mobiles, decorative bowls, pitchers, wine glasses, and much more.
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The ovens and glass-working area (hot shop) are located at the rear of the building. The morning we went, it was a bit chilly so we were wearing jackets, and I had a scarf. We shed them immediately upon entering the large space as the heat coming off the ovens made the room feel like a dry sauna – very cozy on a chilly morning. As I recall, there were four ovens; the largest and hottest one runs at 2200 degrees, 24/7, and is powered by electricity, two called “glory holes” run at 900 degrees and run off gas.
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The entertainment area, located at the center of the building, provides seating for 100 with several tables and chairs, where, their flyer says, they offer “interactive lunch, dinner shows, fine dining, and optional wine tasting.” Floor-to-ceiling windows separate the hot shop and the elevated entertainment area and provide a great view of the hot shop and any glass work going on there.
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Live, Laugh, Love Glass is open Tues. - Sat., from 11AM to 6PM.

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