Common Ground 203 – Majestic Pine Arts Festival, Hand blown Glass, Saum School House

Common Ground 203 – Majestic Pine Arts Festival, Hand blown Glass, Saum School House


>>Announcer: PRODUCTION FUNDING FOR “COMMON GROUND” IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE MINNESOTA ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE FUND.>>HI, AND WELCOME TO “COMMON GROUND.” I’M YOUR HOST, ASHLEY HULL. “COMMON GROUND” CAPTURES THE CREATIVE PROCESS OF VARIOUS ARTISTS LIVING THROUGHOUT OUR REGION. WE DELVE INTO THE VEILED HISTORY OF OUR AREA, PLUS WE TAKE YOU INSIDE THE CULTURAL EVENTS THAT PUT THE NORTH IN NORTH COUNTRY. ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE OF “COMMON GROUND,” MEET SANDY FYNBOH, A BEAD ARTIST OF AKELEY WHO MAKES A HAND-BLOWN GLASS BEAD. LIFELONG RESIDENTS OF SAUM GIVE US A TOUR OF THE HISTORIC SAUM SCHOOL HOUSE. PLUS, CHECK OUT THE MAJESTIC PINE ARTS FESTIVAL. THEY’RE BRINGING HIGH-QUALITY ART TO THE NISSWA AREA.>>>THE MAJESTIC PINE ARTS FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE USUAL IT WILL SECOND OR THIRD WEEKEND OF JULY. JULY THE ART MONTH IN NISSWA. THERE’S A LAKES AREA AIRPORT SHOW THAT HAPPENS IN THE COMMUNITY CENTER EVERY WEEKEND THAT SHOWCASES SOME OF OUR LOCAL ARTISTS AND THEN MAT JEST TICK PINE FINE ARTS FESTIVAL IS LIKE THE JEWEL OF THAT WHOLE MONTH OF ART SHOWS. AND THAT’S USUALLY JULY 16th, 17th, YOU KNOW, KIND OF IN THAT WEEKEND. IT STARTED BACK IN THE LATE ’90s AFTER A CRAFT SHOW HAD GONE ON FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, AND GEORGE HOLDTON, HE WAS A STORE OWNER AND A VERY AVID ARTS LOVER AND HE WANTED TO DEVELOP AN ART SHOW THANE VITEED SOME FINE — THAT INVITED SOME FINE ART AND FINE CRAFTS MANSHIP TO OUR AREA AND GET OUR LOCAL ARTISTS OUT THERE TO THE COMMUNITY. AND SO GEORGE — AS A MATTER OF FACT, I WAS AROUND BACK THEN TOO IN THE LATE ’90s AND WE PUT TOGETHER WITH A LOT OF VOLUNTEERS AND GREAT PEOPLE, THE NISSWA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, OF COURSE, IS THE HOST REALLY OF THE SHOW IN NISSWA, AND THE MAJESTIC PINE ARTS FESTIVAL ORIGINATED HERE. IT WAS A TWO-DAY SHOW AND WE HAD OVER 120 ARTISTS AND THERE MUST HAVE BEEN UPWARDS OF 5,000 SHOPPERS IN THAT ERA. SO AS TIME WENT BY AND AS THE COMMUNITY IN NISSWA CAME, THE SHOW HAS BEEN TO DIFFERENT VENUES. FOR EXAMPLE, IT WAS DOWNTOWN NISSWA AT ONE TIGERS KIND OF SPREAD OUT — ONE TIME, KIND OF SPREAD OUT. IT WAS ACROSS THE SPREET AT THE PIONEER VILLAGE FOR A TIME AND THE ARTISTS JUST LIKE TO BE TOGETHER AND IN A PARK SETTING LIKE THIS, SO WE WANTED TO KIND OF BRING IT BACK HERE, BRING IT BACK HOME, INVITE SOME OF OUR FINE ARTISTS, OUR FINE CRAFTERS AND WE PUT IT UP A LEVEL AND WE’RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE WORK THAT’S HERE THIS YEAR AND THE ARTISTS ARE VERY EXCITED TO HAVE SOME OF THEIR PEERS HERE WITH THEM. SO THE MAJESTIC PINE FINE ART FESTIVAL IS NOT A NEW THING. IT’S BEEN AROUND FOR A WHILE BUT MAYBE THIS LEVEL OF ARTISTRY IS A LITTLE BIT NEW. THE ARTISTS HERE ARE SELECTED ON A JURY BASIS. WE HAVE OVER 600 ARTISTS WHO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS, AND THEY’RE FROM ALL OVER, PRETTY MUCH A FIVE-STATE AREA. AND WHEN THEY SUBMIT AN APPLICATION, THEY HAVE TO SEND IN THEIR PHOTOS, AND SO THESE JURYISTS, THEY REVIEW THE PICTURES AND WE HAVE CRITERIA THAT WE FOLLOW TO PICK THE SPECIFIC ARTISTS AND WE SEND THEM AN ACCEPTANCE PACKAGE THAT THEY CAN COME AND JOIN US HERE AT THE ART FESTIVAL. ONCE THE ARTISTS ARE SET UP, ON THE VERY FIRST MORNING, THERE’S A GROUP OF JUDGES THAT GO FROM BOOTH TO BOOTH. THEY COMMUNICATE WITH THE ARTISTS. THEY ARE IN THE BOOTH AND THEY TALK ABOUT THE PIECES, INDIVIDUALLY. WE HAVE THE BEST OF SHOW AWARD TODAY WAS CYRUS SWAN. BEST OF SHOW IS A COMPLETE OVERALL AWARD FOR ARTISTRY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP, SO HE WON. HE PICKED ONE PIECE OF HIS WORK AND THE JUDGES TOOK A LOOK AT THAT ONE PIECE AND THEN HE WON BEST OF SHOW, CYRUS SWAN.>>I’M HONORED TO RECEIVE THIS AWARD. I’VE BEEN DOING THIS SHOW SINCE I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND IT WAS HOW I GOT DISCOVERED BY JERRY, THE GUY I HAVE THE BOOTH WITH. I’VE BEEN IN HIS GALLERY FOR YEARS AND IT WAS ALL BECAUSE OF THIS SHOW, WAY BACK, I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY YEARS AGO IT WAS. THIS IS THE PIECE THAT I WON WITH. KIND OF A SIGNATURE STYLE OF BOTTLES THAT I DO. THEY’RE BASED ON — IT’S A CONCEPT PIECE. THEY’RE BASED ON THE IDEA OF RHYTHM AND REPETITION THAT GOES ALONG WITH MAKING PRODUCTION POTTERY, AND IT’S SUPPOSED TO SPEAK THAT — I CALL THEM BOTTLE CLUSTERS. THE QUALITY OF WORK THIS YEAR IS PHENOMENAL, I’D SAY. I’M REALLY HONORED BECAUSE THE WORK IS SO GOOD. I’VE HAD A CHANCE TO WALK AROUND AND GREAT WORK HERE. IT’S A QUALITY, REAL ART SHOW.>>AND THEN THERE IS THE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR ARTISTRY AND THE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR CRAFTSMANSHIP AND AGAIN, THE ARTISTRY IS THAT CONCEPTUAL, THAT WOW FACTOR, THE EMOTION OF THE ARTIST AND WHAT THE WORK THAT THEY PUT INTO IT, AND THEN ALSO CRAFTSMANSHIP IS THE SAME WAY, HOWEVER LOOKING MORE AT THE MEDIUM THEY USE AND WHAT IT TOOK TO ACTUALLY CREATE THAT MEDIUM AND THAT PIECE.>>THIS MAJESTIC FINE ARTS SHOW IS GREAT BECAUSE THEY JURY OUT AND JUST HAVE THE BEST OF THE BEST HERE. SO IT REALLY BRINGS THE BETTER QUALITY CUSTOMERS TO THE SHOW. AND IT’S GREAT FOR THE PEOPLE BECAUSE IT’S ALL THE BEST OF WHAT YOU CAN BUY. THE PIECE HERE IS A DOUBLE MOOSE HORN FROM MAINE, BOTH SHED ANTLERS PUT TOGETHER, I THINK NUMBER 1,006 CARVING FOR ME AND I DID IT ABOUT TWO WEEKS OOK, A NICE PIECE.>>THEY HAVE REALLY BEGUN TO TURN THIS INTO A GOOD SHOW. I’M REALLY HAPPY WITH WHAT THEY’RE DOING, FROM THE FACT THAT THEY’RE TURNING IT FROM A CRAFT-TYPE SHOW TO MORE FINE ARTS AND I THINK WE NEED MORE FINE ARTS GOING ON IN THIS AREA BECAUSE IT GIVES US A MUCH BETTER VENUE, ALL OF THE ARTISTS THAT ARE HERE, AS OPPOSED TO JUST THE KNICKKNACKS THAT GET A LOT OF SHOWS. THERE’S A LOT OF FINE ART GOING ON HERE. THEY HAVE A REALLY SERIOUS GROUP OF JUDGES THAT GO AROUND AND THEY’RE DOING A HECK OF A JOB LOOKING AT EVERYTHING, GOING IN ALL THE BOOTHS, TALKING TO THE ARTISTS, GETTING A FEEL FOR THE ARTIST’S PASSION. I’M REALLY HAPPY WITH WHAT THIS SHOW IS STARTING TO TURN INTO, MYSELF.>>YEAH, THE FESTIVAL IS A GREAT FESTIVAL, ONE OF THE BEST ONES THAT I DO. IT’S FUN TO COME UP HERE. I’VE HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH NISSWA FOR MANY YEARS AND I USED TO DO THE SHOW ONCE IN A WHILE BACK WHEN IT WAS GOING BACK THEN AND IT’S CHANGED QUITE A BIT. IT’S REALLY — THE PEOPLE THAT ARE DOING THE SHOW ARE WORKING HARD TO MAKE IT A FINE ARTS FESTIVAL, AND REALLY BRING SOME TALENTED PEOPLE HERE WITH A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS, SO THAT’S — THAT MAKE IT MORE WORTHWHILE AND I’VE BEEN APPRECIATED FOR THE WORK THAT I’VE DONE HERE.>>WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS KEEP THE LEVEL OF ARTISTRY AND THE LEVEL OF CRAFTSMANSHIP TO A HIGHER ECHELON. WE WANT TO INVITE SOME AMAZING ARTISTS TO THE COMMUNITY CENTER HERE IN NISSWA TO SHOWCASE THEIR ARTISTRY AND IT DOES TAKE US A LONG TIME TO PUT THIS TOGETHER, TO REALLY GET A FEEL FOR THIS AND PUT ALL THIS TOGETHER AND BRING THIS KIND OF QUALITY ART >>>WELCOME, EVERYBODY, TO THE SAUM CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL IN SAUM, MINNESOTA, DOWNTOWN SAUM. MY NAME IS EVA, I’M A LONG-TIME RESIDENT, WAS BORN HERE IN SAUM. I’M ONE OF THE PEOPLE IN THE SAUM COMMUNITY CLUB THAT WE HAVE DECIDED WE’RE GOING TO TRY TO KEEP IT GOING AND KEEP IT UP. WELL, I WENT TO SCHOOL HERE FOR EIGHT YEARS, OF COURSE, ALL OF MY FAMILY DID. OUR GRANDFATHER WAS ONE OF THE PEOPLE THAT GOT STARTED ON HAVING A CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL HERE. ALONG WITH MY GRANDFATHER IN 1910 OR SO, THERE WERE SEVERAL OTHER OF THE LEADERS THAT WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN GETTING IT GOING AND ONE WAS G.L. MATTSON WHO LIVED VERY CLOSE BY, JENS WALL DONE AND CARL CARLSON FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL AND JOHN RUST, AND THEY ALONG WITH MY GRANDFATHER REALLY WORKED HARD TO GET TO THIS STATE. THEY HAD TO GO DOWN TO THE STATE AND DO ALL KINDS OF THINGS, WHICH WASN’T EASY IN THOSE DAYS, AND THEN THEY EXCHANGED LETTERS AND SO ON WITH THE EDUCATIONAL PEOPLE DOWN SOUTH. AND SO FINALLY GOT IT GOING, AND IT WAS A VERY HAPPY DAY FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WHEN THEY OPENED UP. AND I DON’T HAVE THAT EXACT DATE, BUT IT WAS SEPTEMBER OF 1912. THE CONSOLIDATION WAS TAKING THE PUPILS FROM THE THREE SMALL SCHOOLS AND HAVING THEM COME TO THIS ONE LOCATION FOR THEIR SCHOOLING. 83 PEOPLE CAME THE FIRST YEAR, AND THEN AS THEY GOT MORE PEOPLE, THEY DECIDED TO HAVE — THEY HAD EIGHT GRADES AT FIRST OR MAYBE LESS THAN THAT AT FIRST, AND THEN THEY HAD HIGH SCHOOL FOR SEVEN YEARS ALSO. RIGHT NOW, WE’RE HAVING SOME FUNDRAISERS TO TRY TO RAISE MONEY TO PAINT THE BUILDING. WE PLAN TO HAVE A CELEBRATION OF THE 100th YEAR OF SAUM SCHOOL IN AUGUST OF 2012, AND WE’RE TRYING TO CONTACT AS MANY PEOPLE AS WE CAN, YOU KNOW, THAT HAVE GONE HERE OR FAMILIES HAVE BEEN INVOLVED HERE IN OTHER WAYS TOO.>>WELL, MY NAME IS ALAN AND I GREW UP OUT HERE. I WENT MY FIRST EIGHT YEARS TO SCHOOL HERE FROM 1938 TO 1946, I GUESS. I GREW UP JUST HALF A MILE FROM HERE, SO I WALKED TO SCHOOL. EVERY DAY, IT DIDN’T MATTER — I THINK I’VE MADE IT, IF IT WASN’T 40 BELOW, IT WAS CLOSE TO 40 BELOW A TIME OR TWO. AND IT WAS PROBABLY DIFFERENT THAN ANY SCHOOL IN TOWN. FOR ONE THING, WE USED TO — ONE OF OUR THINGS WE DID WAS WE’D GO TRACKING IN THE WINTERTIME, AND WE’D SEND A BUNCH OF — ONE GROUP OUT IN THE WOODS AHEAD OF US, AND WE’D GIVE THEM — I DON’T REMEMBER HOW LONG, BUT WE GIVE THEM SOME TIME, AND THEN THEY WOULD TRY TO COVER THEIR TRACKS AND WE’LL TRY TO TRACK THEM DOWN. AND SOMETIMES THAT WOULD LAST WAY PAST NOON HOUR. PROBABLY 1:00 OR LATER. AND I GUESS THE TEACHERS MUST HAVE THOUGHT THAT WAS GOOD FOR US. WE NEVER — THEY NEVER REALLY SAID ANYTHING ABOUT WHEN WE HAD TO BE BACK. WE GOT BACK WHEN WE COULD. AND WE USED TO — IT’S ABOUT AN EIGHTH OF A MILE UP TO THE RIVER AND WINTERTIME, WE USED TO GO UP THERE SKATING AT NOON HOUR. AND IN THE SUMMERTIME, WE’D GO UP THERE SWIMMING AT NOON HOUR. THAT WAS ALL UNSUPERVISED. THE TEACHERS WERE — THEY STAYED BACK HERE. I KNOW THERE WOULD NEVER BE SUCH A THING LIKE THAT HAPPEN NOWADDNOW NOWADDNOW NOWADAYS. I GUESS THAT WAS DIFFERENT IS WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY. WE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT SOMEBODY COMING ALONG TO SUPERVISE US, NEVER CROSSED OUR MIND, I GUESS.>>THIS CLASSROOM WE’RE SITTING IN NOW WAS THE 1st, 2nd, 3rd, AND 4th GREAT GRADE ROOM. AND THE ONE NEXT DOOR WAS 5th, 6th, 7th, AND 8th UNTIL ABOUT 1957 OR SO WHEN THEY TOOK SOME OF THE CLASSES AND WENT ELSEWHERE AND IT ENDED UP WITH 1st, 2nd, AND 3rd HERE IN 1960 WHEN IT WAS CLOSED.>>THESE ARE SOME OF THE SCHOOL BOOKS THAT ARE IN THE SCHOOL.>>BESIDES THE BUILDING, THERE’S BEEN MANY OTHER ITEMS PRESERVED HERE, EVEN RIGHT OVER THERE WITH THE BLACKBOARD BRUSH CLEANER THERE, AND THAT WAS SOME KID’S JOB AFTER SCHOOL, WAS SIT THERE AND CLEAN THE BRUSHES. AND IT SUCTIONS, IT’S A NATURAL DRAFT TO SUCK IT UP, AND THAT GOES OUT THE VENT UP THE ROOF, AND I’VE NEVER SEEN ANOTHER ONE LIKE IT ANY PLACE. I MEAN, I GO TO THESE OLD SCHOOLS A LOT AND THEY — A LOT OF PLACES GOT REPLICAS OF OLD SCHOOLS AND I NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THAT AT ANY OF THEM. IT’S IMPORTANT TO PRESERVE A BUILDING LIKE THIS ONE. IT’S LIKE STEPPING BACK IN TIME TO WALK IN HERE. I GUESS THE FIRST THING IS UNDERNEATH, THERE’S A SHELF UNDER HERE AND THAT’S WHERE YOU KEEP YOUR BOOKS. AND YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO KEEP THEM NEAT. THE TEACHER USED TO COME AROUND AND MAKE SURE AND THERE’S THIS TROUGH HERE, YOUR PENCILS GO. AND THIS IS FOR AN INK WELL, AND THEY USED TO HAVE GLASS — I REMEMBER GLASS WITH A KIND OF TIN TOP ON THE SPRING-LIKE THAT YOU COULD — WHERE YOU FILLED YOUR PENS. OR I GUESS YOU DIPPED YOUR PEN IF YOU JUST HAD A CLEAN PEN.>>1960 WAS THE LAST CLASS. MS. LEONA NYBERG WAS THE LAST TEACHER HERE. WE DO HAVE LOTS OF BOOKS AND IN THE BUILDING, THERE ARE THINGS THAT WERE FROM STUDENTS’ WORK AND SO ON THAT WE TRIED TO PRESERVE SOME OF IT, NOT VERY EASY TO PRESERVE. OVER THE YEARS, WE’VE HAD SEVERAL DIFFERENT GROUPS THAT HAVE HELPED TO MAINTAIN IT, AND AT ONE TIME, THE WPA PEOPLE CAME IN AND THEY DID SOME RENOVATING AND FIXING UP. AND THAT WAS VERY WORTHWHILE, AND THEN, OH, I DON’T KNOW, 15 OR 20 YEARS AGO, I SUPPOSE IT WAS, WE HAD GREEN THUMB MEN THAT WERE HERE FOR QUITE A LONG TIME AND THEY DID A LOT OF PAINTING AND FIXING UP AND REDID THE FLOORS AND ALL KINDS OF THINGS THAT NEEDED TO BE DONE. AND THEN SINCE THEN, WE’VE STRUGGLED WITH MAINTAINING IT, I GUESS.>>I GUESS I’D LIKE TO SEE THE TOP FLOOR FIXED UP.>>I DON’T KNOW IF WE HAVE IT YET OR NOT, BUT WE’RE GETTING — I DON’T REMEMBER HOW MANY GALLONS OF PAINT FROM BALSPAR, AND THEN ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS GET SOMEBODY TO PUT IT ON, WHICH ISN’T THE EASIEST THING IN A BIG BUILDING.>>WELL, I LIKE THE PEOPLE IN THE WHOLE AREA TO REALIZE THAT WE HAVE THIS SPECIAL PLACE HERE AND IT’S A PLACE WE’D LIKE TO HAVE PEOPLE COME AND SEE AND KNOW THAT IT’S A PLACE WHERE WE HAVE ACTIVITIES GOING ON, AND WE’D LIKE TO HAVE THEM COME AND VISIT. IF SOMEBODY WANTS TO COME, I GUESS THE BEST THING WOULD BE TO STOP AT THE SAUM STORE, WHICH IS RIGHT CLOSE BY, AND ASK THEM IF THEY CAN EITHER HELP THEM GET IN — SOMETIMES THEY CAN DO THAT TOO — OR CONTACT SOMEBODY WHO WOULD HELP AND COME AND OPEN IT NET >>>AFTER I GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE, I WAS DOING BEADWORK EMBROIDERY ON CUSTOM-MADE CLOTHING, AND I KIND OF GRADUALLY STEPPED INTO DOING SOME JEWELRY. MY SISTER-IN-LAW HAD A BEAD SHOP AND I THOUGHT I WOULD DO HER A FAVOR AND HELP HER WITH INVENTORY, KNOWING NOTHING ABOUT MAKING JEWELRY. AND WHAT I FOUND WAS THAT I WASN’T HAPPY WITH MY WORK BECAUSE I HAD TO CHOOSE FROM BEADS THAT EVERYBODY ELSE HAD, AND YOU END UP WITH A LOOK THAT EVERYBODY ELSE HAS TOO. SO I DECIDED THAT IF I WANTED MY WORK TO LOOK DIFFERENT, I WAS GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE MY OWN BEADS. AND THANK GOD THAT WE DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE GETTING OURSELVES INTO. SO I ENDED UP BUYING A TORCH AND SOME GLASS AND STUDYING, LIKE, THE CHEMISTRY OF GLASS, ANNEALING POINTS, MORE TECHNICAL ASPECTS YOU NEED TO KNOW, AND THEN JUST PLAYING WITH THE GLASS TO FINE MY OWN STYLE — FIND MY OWN STYLE, AND IT WENT REALLY WELL. SO I JUST — YOU KNOW, FOR PROBABLY THREE OR FOUR YEARS, EVERY TIME I SOLD SOMETHING, I BOUGHT A NEW PIECE OF EQUIPMENT OR A NEW BATCH OF GLASS. THE GLASS LINE ACTUALLY TOOK PROBABLY ABOUT FOUR YEARS TO REALLY GET TO A POINT THAT I FELT ABOUT. IT TAKES A LOT OF PRACTICE, AND I THINK WE’RE READY TO APPLY THE GLASS COLORS. SO HAVING STEADY HANDS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. PEOPLE RECOGNIZE ME FOR THE GLASS FLOWERS THAT I DO. THEY’RE CALLED IMPLOSION PENDANTS AND A LOT OF TIMES YOU WILL SEE GLASS PENDANTS WHERE IT LOOKS KIND OF PSYCHEDELICING LIKE THERE’S BUBBLES COMING OUT, BUT WHEN I DO THOSE, I ARRANGE THE GLASS SO IT POPS OUT INTO A FLOWER AND I DIDN’T REALLY REALIZE I WAS DOING SOME FLOWERS UNTIL PEOPLE STARTED COMING IN AND THEY WOULD SAY, “OH, YOU REALLY LOVE FLOWERS, DON’T YOU?” YES, I REALLY DO LOVE FLOWERS. IT’S LIKE A MARRIAGE BETWEEN GRAVITY BEADS AND BRASS BECAUSE YOUR SHAPE THAT YOU GE IS ULTIMATELY GOING TO BE HOW WELL DO YOU HAVE EVERYTHING ALIGNED, HOW WELL IS IT CENTERED, HOW HOT IS YOUR NAME, HOW MUCH GLASS ARE YOU BLOWING INTO IT AND IT DOES TAKE A LONG TIME TO DO IT WELL, YOU KNOW. THERE ARE A LOT OF WONKY BEADS OUT THERE IN THE WORLD FROM MY EARLY DAYS. BUT THE THING ABOUT DOING ART IS THAT EVEN IF YOU’RE IN THAT LEARNING STAGE, YOU STILL GET A SATISFACTION FROM DOING IT, SO IT DOESN’T MATTER, FAN YOU PUT IT IN THE — AND IF YOU PUT IT IN THE RIGHT PIECE OF JEWELRY, IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE THAT WAY, AND IT IS. AND THE OTHER COOL THING ABOUT GLASS IS THAT YOU NEVER EVER ARE DONE LEARNING. NO MATTER HOW GOOD YOU GET AND HOW FAR YOU GO, YOU CAN SPEND A LIFETIME AND JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER, YOU KNOW. AND AT THIS STAGE IN THE GLASS, I COULD CONTINUE ON WITH WHAT I’M DOING OR I COULD CHOOSE FROM PROBABLY THREE OTHER THINGS THAT IT COULD BE RIGHT NOW. SO WE’LL GO ON WITH THE BEADS. SO THAT WILL BECOME THE FRONT OF THE BEAD. WE’RE ABOUT HALF DONE AT THIS POINT. OKAY, SO IT’S THICKENING UP REALLY NICELY, FLATTENING OUT, BUT WE HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO GET AIR IN THERE AND PUFF IT INTO THE RIGHT SHAPE AND PUFF OUT ANOTHER HOLE. SOMETIMES WHEN I GET TO THIS POINT, I LOOK AT THEM AND I THINK THEY’RE SO PRETTY THAT THEY SHOULD BE A BOTTLE AND THEN I WON’T POKE THE OTHER — BLOW THE OTHER HOLE OUT ON THE SIDE. I’LL JUST ADD EITHER A BASE OR I’LL ADD A LIP AROUND IT SO THAT I CAN WIRE-WRAP IT INTO A HANGING BOTTLE. IT JUST DEPENDS ON HOW I FEEL ABOUT IT AT THIS POINT. I ACTUALLY STARTED MAKING THE BOTTLES BECAUSE I’VE ALWAYS HAD A FASCINATION WITH THOSE THINGS AND THOSE WERE SOME OF THE FIST THINGS I EVER STARTED MAKING, BUT AS I DID THOSE, PEOPLE KEPT TELL MEETING THE STORY ABOUT THE TEAR — TELLING ME THE STORY ABOUT THE TEAR BOTTLES IN ANCIENT EGYPT AND ROME, WHEN A LOVED ONE PASSED AWAY, THEY WILL TAKE BOTTLES AND FILL THEM WITH THEIR TEARS AND PUT THEM IN THE TOMB, AND SO I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MANY PEOPLE SAID, YOU HAVE TO CALL THESE TEAR BOTTLES. THESE ARE TEAR BOTTLES. AND FINALLY, AFTER ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF, I SAID, WELL, OKAY, THEY’RE TEAR BOTTLES. AND SO A LOT OF TIMES FAMILIES WILL COME IN WHEN THEY HAVE LOST SOMEONE AND THEY WILL BUY THEM FOR ASHES OR THEY WILL USE — SOME PEOPLE REALLY DO PUT THEIR TEARS IN THEM, ACTUALLY, BUT I DRY FLOWERS FROM FUNERALS AND I PUT THE FLOWER PETALS IN THEM AND GIVE THEM AS GIFTS. SO WE’VE GOT OUR BEAD HERE AND WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS TAP OUT ANOTHER HOLE, SO THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO. AH, SUCCESS! OKAY, SO NOW WE HAVE TO TAKE THE TUBING OFF OF THE OTHER SIDE. AND THEN WE FIRE POLISH IT ALL SO IT LOOKS NICE. I THINK THIS ONE WILL PASS. THE STEPS THAT SOMETIMES GETS FORGOTTEN IS THAT YOU REALLY HAVE TO SOAK THIS IN THE HEAT BEFORE YOU PUT IT IN THE KILN BECAUSE WE GO IN AND OUT OF FLAMES SO MUCH, IT INTRODUCES STRESS INTO THE GLASS, AND EVEN THOUGH YOU CAN’T SEE CRACKS, IF YOU DON’T REALLY SOAK IT WITH HEAT, THOSE CRACKS CAN APPEAR LATER ON. SO I THINK IT’S DONE. AND IT’S READY TO GO IN THE KILN. NOW, THIS ONE IS PRETTY TRANSPARENT BECAUSE OF THE COLORS THAT I’VE USED, SO WHEN I ACTUALLY INCORPORATE THAT INTO THE JEWELRY, I’M GOING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TRANSPARENCY AND FILL IT UP WITH SOMETHING. IT MIGHT BE BEADS OR WHO KNOWS.>>>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE SHOW AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU NEXT WEEK RIGHT HERE ON “COMMON GROUND.” IF YOU HAVE A SEGMENT IDEA FOR “COMMON GROUND,” PLEASE CONTACT US AT [email protected] OR CALL US US AT [email protected] OR CALL US CAPTIONING PROVIDED BY
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