Since 2005 I have been experiencing the exhilaration of glassblowing at San Diego’s Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park. I believe that all arts are essentially performance arts. It is the act of creation, experimentation, and interaction with a medium that is the art. Some arts are inherently transitory, like dance. Others, like glassblowing, are focused on producing a physical object. The art of coaxing molten glass into desired shape is a dance with a partner who is too hot to touch. The process is difficult and uncertain, but the reward is the birth of a luminescent offspring of fire which serves as a beautiful record of its creation.