Celebrating 20 Years!

Celebrating 20 Years!


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Monday, March 24, 2014

Toraason Glass Studio - March 24, 2014

OLLI visited Toraason Glass Studio in Peoria on Monday, March 24, 2014. Owner Hiram Toraason gave OLLI a tour of his gallery, as well as a glass blowing demonstration using glass cane. Toraason explained cane is a cylinder of glass that had been heated and pulled like taffy then cooled to be used at a later time. He used the cane to show a different way to make glass art. Toraason also explained that using cane allows him to create a basket weave pattern in the glass, which is a great way to add dimension to his piece of artwork.

Toraason discussed the origins of glass blowing and where he learned the art. He explained the difference between the types of mixtures that can be used for glass blowing. Toraason went into further discussion about why he chooses the mixtures that he uses and how they are safe for everyone in the studio.

OLLI thanks Hiram Toraason for another amazing tour of his studio.

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