Glass Blowing: Dancing With A Partner Who’s Too Hot To Touch

I’m Kevin Baker and my passion is glass blowing, an art that involves techniques and tools unchanged since their invention in Renaissance Italy.

Since 2005, I have been experiencing the exhilaration of glass blowing 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 glass blowing, 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.

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