Just before lunch time, today, Silvio received a large package from New Mexico. He could barely wait to open it. Now, it’s time for show and tell.
Flowers begin to bloom outside, at last. Today, all afternoon, the sun revealed the bright red of tulips near the front of Ornament Studio. Meanwhile, inside, Silvio brought several blown glass flowers into the light. The effect is stunning.
The majority of these were made by a very dear friend and artist who resides in Santa Fe. In fact, she lives in Silvio and Teresa’s New Mexico home. “Patricia has been a dear friend for over 25 years,” observes Silvio. “She is family.”
Patricia Strout is a master blacksmith. As you can see, her talents are unlimited. She owns and operates Strout Forge, in Santa Fe. You must take a moment to explore her website and admire her many creations.
“Patricia has worked as a professional artist-blacksmith for over 26 years, blending multiple conceptual perspectives in various media. Her work includes whimsical sculptures, functional work, large architectural projects and jewelry in mixed metals. Strout draws much of her 3-dimensional work from her paintings. The painting reflect her personal mythology and are influenced by the southwest and its diverse culture.” – From the Strout Forge Website
The colors are obtained by mixing metals with the glass. For instance, you need gold to make the glass red. “Most of the glass blowing techniques we use today started centuries ago, in Murano, an island off of Venice,” explains Silvio. “American glass blowers apprentice in Murano to this day.”
Silvio unpacked each flower with great care, holding them up to the light one by one. “The weight is impressive,” he paused. “They have such presence!”
Stop by to experience this stunning work of art for yourself. Price tag: $30.