Friday, April 27, 2012

Corradetti Glass Studio


When I was a first semester Junior I started working at Corradetti Glass Studio in Baltimore, MD as an intern. Anthony Coradetti, the owner of the shop, gave me a few basic demonstrations of what he would like to have me do for him, though I already had most of the knowledge and skills to do the tasks asked of me since I have worked in other glass studios before this internship. Throughout the internship my responsibilities did not change much, though there were a few tasks that were new to me.
Photo by Arianne Teeple

For the most part, I assisted him with his production days, where we would create multiple forms out of a mold for several hours at a time. It is interesting to see how one can produce multiple vessels, cups and bowls in one day, but at times the work was monotonous.

On the positive side, occasionally Anthony would ask me to cold work custom ordered pieces. Cold working glass is when you apply finishing touches to the surface of the glass. This included using machines such as the belt sander, dremel tool, or sand blaster to etch the surface. I really appreciated this kind of work because it gave me the opportunity to have full control to get the job done.

The most beneficial part of working at Corradetti Glass Studio was during the public workshops. Occasionally people would pay to come in and create their own souvenir as well as learn a little bit about how glassblowing works. This was a good experience for me because it exposed me to the social environment that coexists with running a studio. I enjoyed explaining what was going on in the studio, how the machines work and specifically what I was doing. It was a good way to practice socializing with people that are unfamiliar with the process.

-Dylan Negri