Glass blowing was an incredible adventure for me. The heat, the immediacy, the plasticity.... all were very engaging. When I built my current studio in 1984 I had Chris Heilmann, a glassblowing then residing in Maine, to build some equipment for me. I basically taught myself, with Chris' help, to blow roundels and vessels, which I marketed through the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and the ACC fair in Baltimore. I settled on some pod shapes, which I would break right off the pipe and then grind an angled top into. Around that I cut stencils by hand and sandblasted designs that encircled the top. This led me to want to create architectural sandblasted panels and freestanding sculptures.