Berhard is from Thailand. Actually he is from Ghana, and later moved to England. I met him in Bangkok several years ago when I was a guest in his home. Now the tables are turned, and his work brings him to Portland. When he’s in town he stays with us.
During recent visits his interest in my glass art has changed from admiration to a desire to give try his hand at making glass art.
His enthusiasm is contagious, and he jumps from idea to idea. What if we do this? How about if I try this? What will happen if….? During his most recent trip Bernhard had some time to spend with me in the studio and had the chance to find out for himself.
One of the upsides to being in the studio with someone new to fusing is being questioned and challenged by their curiosity. All that is well and good. But the greatest payoff is when Bernhard demonstrates his skills in the kitchen. So while the kiln goes through the firing sequence Bernhard works some wonders with the kitchen “cooker”.
The next morning he sees his first piece of fused glass art. I’m crossing my fingers that his desire to spend time in the studio doesn’t deter him from working over a gas range. He’ll be back in a few months.