On the first Saturday of every month, our glass studio hosts free First Saturday Glass Blowing Demos for the community. On a dreary rainy Saturday in January our good friend Wayne Fitzgerald entertained a crowd of over 250 visitors who came out to enjoy the free glass demos.
Wayne arrived at our home on New Years Eve with Tomato Pie from Corropolese Bakery, a 4lb. Pound Cake from a bakery in Philly and a fun collection of his beer bottle art and future beer bottle experiments.
I was amazed and intrigued by his new work and titled Wayne's demos the Beer Bottle Beautification Project. I then sent out emails and a few Facebook and Twitter posts. Who knew that we would garner so many visitors, positive comments and great publicity.
Wayne is an excellent speaker and teacher and enjoys sharing his passion for glass. We hope he can come back real soon and experiment more at turning mundane beer and wine bottles into works of art.
The First Saturday Glass Blowing Demos are a component of the Conway Open Studio Project. The demonstrations are held 10 am - 4pm every First Saturday, October through May. Our goals are to raise the awareness of art-making as a career and to introduce visitors to entertaining, educational and fun art experiences in downtown Conway.
"This project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts."