|Thomas Long Studio|
Music is an essential part of the process
Thomas and Jessica Long at a custom installation in Hong Kong
Thomas blowing glass at our recent opening October 16th
Open House October 16th
2500 degrees of hot glass
Julian Long, 14 assisting during the Open House Demonstration
Adding a lip wrap to a platter
The gallery and studio while Thomas is blowing glass
The Work: During the last few years I have been focusing on large architectural, sculptural installations out of blown glass. The process starts out with a sketch that I do on site if possible. Once the design is finished, I hand blow each piece and lay out each part of the sculpture into the evolving work. I then template the piece and fabricate my framework to secure the sculpture. The usual turn around for a custom wall sculpture is about 2 months, depending on location. I have work in homes and commercial spaces throughout the US, and have work in collections in Hong Kong, Switzerland, the UK, and traveling the seas on a luxury cruise ship. Please visit my video page to see the process of blowing glass in the studio.
About the Glass: In the studio we have an electric furnace that maintains the temperature of the glass between 2100-2400 degrees. The clear glass that we use and melt down in our furnace is now made in the US. So we are now reducing our carbon footprint as we used to ship our glass from Holland. It contains refined quartz with virtually no impurities. In my work I utilize the highest quality glass colors available internationally today, which enables the rich colors to come through in my glass and patterning.
Green info: We strive to limit any waste in our studio. Waste glass is reduced through our streamlined process in our hotshop and any leftover glass is recycled and used by a glass artist in North Carolina to make seaglass candles. We are also sourcing our raw glass from the US instead of overseas, reducing our carbon footprint.