Molten Glass Christmas Tree

One of my favorite events of the Holiday Season is the Cedars Open Studios Tour. The Cedars is a neighborhood of Dallas south of downtown and is an up-and-coming area. It still has some relatively low cost space and a lot of artists use the neighborhood as studio space (we’ll see how long this lasts – gentrification is a bitch).

In November, the studios open up on one evening for the Cedars Open Studios TourFacebook Link. It’s a fun event and a great way to get some unique Christmas Presents. I always do the tour with some friends on a bicycle, but I guess it would be OK to drive a vehicle, park, and walk. Look for it next year.

The final stop is always Bowman Art Glass (a way-cool place). They have a tree-shaped armature out front. After sunset, they do a skit or two, then, in the dark, the workers bring ladles of hot glass out from the ovens inside and pour the molten liquid over the armature. This makes a glass Christmas Tree.

Glass Christmas Tree at Bowman Art Glass, The Cedars, Texas

Glass Christmas Tree at Bowman Art Glass, The Cedars, Texas

There is always some wood and paper in the armature so the hot glass starts fires.

The only problem is that is is almost impossible to take good photos – the darkness and the contrast of the bright hot glass, plus the large crowd gathered around. But it is a blast and fun to watch. Next year… bet there or be square.

Pouring molten glass onto the Christmas Tree

Pouring molten glass onto the Christmas Tree

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Bowman Hot Glass

Bowman Hot Glass

Bowman Hot Glass

After leaving the bicycle swap meet at Community Beer, a friend and I rode our bikes up out of the Dallas Design District, along Lamar through Downtown, and into The Cedars. It was an artists open gallery tour for some of the artists in the Cedars – an event I had been looking forward to.

The showroom at Bowman Hot Glass. A lot of beautiful work here. (click to enlarge)

The showroom at Bowman Hot Glass. A lot of beautiful work here.
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Our first stop was at Bowman Hot Glass – a glass studio, showroom, and workshop. The place has a very artistic… almost Santa Fe feel to it. But it is obviously a hard working studio – dedicated to the art of blowing glass. While we visited a two man team were making glass pumpkins.

Bowman Hot Glass offers glass blowing classes – which looks more than a little interesting… more hard work than fun. But that’s a good thing.

Drawing fresh glass. (click to enlarge)

Drawing fresh glass.
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Bowman Hot Glass

Bowman Hot Glass

Blowing Glass (click to enlarge)

Blowing Glass
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Making a pumpkin at Bowman Hot Glass

Making a pumpkin at Bowman Hot Glass

Putting the stem on the pumpkin. Bowman Hot Glass

Putting the stem on the pumpkin. Bowman Hot Glass