Laurie Thal & Daniel Altwies
Glass is the most seductive and alluring material. At 17, I intended to embark on a career as a ceramic artist, then I tried glass…. The spontaneity, the heat, the passion and focus of blowing glass drew me to it immediately. It demands quick work, and that suits my temperament. I thrive on the dance of precise movements between the glass furnace, at 2400 F, the workbench and the marver table. Heat and timing are critical, movements efficient, all requiring total concentration.
Blowing glass reflects how I live my life, with passion and gusto. I live in a stunningly beautiful environment, so my work is inherently beautiful. When people tell me that owning my work, having it in their homes, passing it every day, using it, gives them joy, I’m fulfilled. If I can add to the beauty of their lives, then I have achieved my goal.
For forty-five years I have loved working with molten glass, fusing colorful sheets of glass and casting liquid glass. Everyday brings a new creative challenge, a new avenue of expression, a new opportunity to bring beauty and joy into the lives of others.