Bill and I went to a most inspiring artist talk last night at Weisser Glass Studio & Gallery in Maryland. If you devour art magazines like we do, you may know about Maryland hot glass artists Eric Markow & Thom Norris and their amazing and somewhat mystifying ability to weave hot glass into sculptural forms like a series of kimonos that they say take about 6 months to make. These guys have taken years to perfect their techniques that they aren't ready to totally share yet. But they did share how they make their own glass colors in the kiln from sheet glass and frit, pull long hot rods of glass from a kiln mounted in their studio ceiling to weave into amazing sculptures like the kimonos, a cactus, cherry blossom branches, and more. Now at the top of their game, it took them years of false starts and broken pieces, but they stuck with it. They are such likeable fellows and were so encouraging to an audience of glass artists to keep at it in pursuing your art and don't give up. Check out their website www.wovenglass.com. If you are looking for a great place to buy glass, kilns or take interesting classes for every skill level, check out Weisser Glass Studio & Gallery www.weisserglass.com. We love going there.