Tacoma homegrown glassblower, Edgar Valentine, sits down with the GCP guys on this episode. Edgar has been working with glass since the age of 12 and has always loved creating with his hands. He attended high school at the Tacoma School of Arts where he developed a deep connection with the material. Currently, he is teaching beginning and intermediate glassblowing at Tacoma Glassblowing Studio and is a student at the distinguished Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood. He recently was on the Netflix Original Series “Blown Away”, and despite being the youngest person on the show, he had more experience than some of his competitors. For more information on him and his art, visit https://www.yourvalentineglass.com/
2:33 – The guys talk gorilla marketing, how they rate movies, and Edgar explains what glassblowing is. He talks on creating sculptures people can relate to, the different types of glass art, and how old he was when he got started. He talks on always being in love with the art, the types of people in the glassblowing industry, and how people can get started with glassblowing in Tacoma.
12:01 – Edgar talks on reworking the pieces he did on Blown Away, where his art is on display, and how he ended up on the show. He shares what it was like doing the Skype interview for the show, when it really hit him that he was on the show, and gave his review on the production of the show. He talks on how he approached being on TV, if he knew any of the competitors prior to the show, and big named glass artists in the PNW.
23:36 – Edgar responds to Jeff’s question on if he, much like a chef, works by the book, the farthest he has gone for a glassblowing project, and the different glassblowing training places in the PNW. Brogan asks on the worst injury he has gotten, they kick off coaster questions, and Justin shares where people can find Edgar online. Edgar shares the process for making the masks, how he learned that technique, and how glassblowing with the team is a Zen Mediation process for him.
35:25 – He shares where he learned to let go instead of being upset when he broke a piece he was working on, how he likes to make his pieces not look like glass, and the favorite pieces of art he has made. Edgar talks on how hard it can be to sell pieces he loves, the joy of giving away pieces to people, and Scott talks on the hobo nickels their past guest makes. Edgar shares what happens when people come in for a glassmaking experience, Scott shares that the Museum of Glass does daily live YouTube videos, and Brogan talks on the Slider Cookoff that happens at the Museum of Glass.
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