"Within Your Reach" takes on the jellyfish!
I recently had the pleasure of watching a group of local glass artists at play. Like most experts, they made their work look effortless - like a dance with wands of molten glass. "Satava Art Glas"s http://www.satava.com/ is located at 819 Wall Street in down town Chico, California. The glass work is done 10 months of the year, from September through June, while it is cool enough to work with the 2,000 degree kilns. Their most famous series is the jellyfish. It is sold throughout the world, on line, in galleries and Aquariums and at the Wall Street studio.
Each of the four glass artists Rick Satava, Jim Radley, Mark Del Fava and Wyatt Campbell know the intricate sequence involved in the various jellyfish styles as well as the incredible array of vases that Satava has created over the years. They have worked together long enough to have developed a seamless partnership in each piece they make. The studio is open during the week to view the glass blowing and the team are more than happy to share the experience with you!
Rick Satava works in a creative oasis in the back of his studio store. While we were filming for our upcoming episode, he even allowed me to try my hand at turning the glass and at blowing a vase! Well, lets just say my jellyfish looked more like a doorknob and my vase ended up with a handle and finally cracked before being tempered in the cooling oven.
If you have ever wondered what it is like to create with glass, it is well worth a visit to the bamboo garden glass studio that is "Satava Art Glass" in Chico. A wonderful way to spend a few hours and a great way to begin your art collection!
Watch for this episode of "Within Your Reach" on KIXE in the Fall! Off to another adventure...within your reach!
Christine Mac Shane
Artist, decorative painting & consultant,
contact - 530-370 1285