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Glass is possessed of a duality of being – sometimes a solid, yet always appearing fluid – its luminosity, its flow, and the way it captures and plays with light and color have always fascinated me. Creating something from molten glass is a process that’s both challenging and deeply spiritual to me – working with a molten blob of glass so hot that it is almost uncontrollable; cajoling it and seducing shape and form from it as it cools; protecting it with yet more heat – it’s like a dance, set to the chaotic beat of fire, the strumming of tools, the horns of steam… the end result, hopefully a reminiscence of graceful motion between two partners coming together in the midst of that controlled chaos. This dance with glass is an analogy of life – we are not fully in control of our environment, but sometimes through dedication, passion, hard work, the wisdom of experience, some artistry and often luck, we pass through the crucible and…

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  • Born on January 23
  • Joined August 4, 2010

Favorite materials

96 COE glass, Kugler Color, Reichenbach Color, GafferGlass Color, dichroic glass, aventurine

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Glass is possessed of a duality of being – sometimes a solid, yet always appearing fluid – its luminosity, its flow, and the way it captures and plays with light and color have always fascinated me. Creating something from molten glass is a process that’s both challenging and deeply spiritual to me – working with a molten blob of glass so hot that it is almost uncontrollable; cajoling it and seducing shape and form from it as it cools; protecting it with yet more heat – it’s like a dance, set to the chaotic beat of fire, the strumming of tools, the horns of steam… the end result, hopefully a reminiscence of graceful motion between two partners coming together in the midst of that controlled chaos. This dance with glass is an analogy of life – we are not fully in control of our environment, but sometimes through dedication, passion, hard work, the wisdom of experience, some artistry and often luck, we pass through the crucible and emerge with something of interest, something worth sharing, something that brings joy to those around us. It’s this dance, fraught with the opportunities of disaster and the rewards of success, that make glassblowing so engaging and worthwhile. I hope you find as much delight in my attempts to create something beautiful as I have in their creation.

Born and raised in San Diego, I graduated from Boston College with a degree in Communications, lived in Spain for a time, and started blowing glass in 2009. I’m a member of the Art Glass Association of Southern California, on the Board of Directors of The Art of Giving (http://www.taog.org), and enjoy spending time surfing, hiking, reading, and being with the love of my life, my beautiful bride.

**PLEASE NOTE** I have taken a break from my glassblowing business to pursue other interests. As much as I miss being in the studio and choreographing the birth of new glass creations, I'm not sure when I'll be able to come back.


Warmest regards,
Tom Hobbs, Proprietor
Elusive Muse Glass

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