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On Etsy since 2010

Getting The Job Done With A Torch

I live in the small but beautiful state of Rhode Island, where I usually start the day with a walk or biking along a part of the Narragansett Bay, The Eastbay Bike Path, before starting work in my home studio.

Rhode Island School of Design is where I started to study Glass Sculpture, along with many other subjects (I wanted to do it all!), including basic silversmithing and some photo darkroom work.

While at RISD, I turned to Flamework (also called Torchwork but commonly referred to as Lampwork) because it was what I considered a more compact form of glassblowing; manipulating tubes and rods of glass over the open flame of a torch. It was also more feasible financially than trying to run a hot shop with furnaces, otherwise this glass thing wasn't going to happen for me.

Working glass on a torch (also called a Bench-burner) enables me to pay greater attention to detail and I like that I don't need any assistance in creating my work.

Being versatile and having a wide skill set is important to me and a range of techniques can be used in this type of glass-making, from creating colorful pieces of jewelry and figurines to assembling parts for a larger sculptural form.

Many times I feel that an artist gets caught up in the "need for money' mindset and the production line way of making craft objects can lead to a creative slump. For this I turn to drawing and painting, which give me a satisfaction and a boost in refreshing my enthusiasm for studio work. My other Etsy shop, City Island Paintings, is a showcase of drawings and paintings that I've been working on recently.

Artist, Crafter, Creative, or Maker...there are now many names to describe what we in the American arts community do, but the most important thing is to keep on with the act of producing work and showing it.

I very glad to be involved with a venue like Etsy and to have the opportunity to display my work to an appreciative audience.

Peter Gemei

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Last updated on March 13, 2011

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