Buck (Glass Rivers) - July 2013

I have been planning to travel to Yachats, OR for more than a year to work with Buck and I finally got that chance in late July, 2013. We spent five days working on the piece you see below. It is a 29" tall giraffe with an amethyst skeleton connected to a yellow bladder that comprises the functional part of the piece. The little African Tick Bird on his back is the bowl. The entire head is removable to expose the mouthpiece. The "skin" of the giraffe was made of a new experimental color donated by Paul Trautman of Trautman Art Glass - a non-striking amber. The amber made the spots with yellow as connecting material. There are likely more than 500 "spots" on the entire piece. Buck's wife Elena was our support making meals and keeping us in beer and water while we worked. And Buck's neighbor Gerry helped us out with the photography. Buck even too me fishing one morning for bluebacks! All in all, a great week!




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