Grapevine glassblowing studio heats up Valentine’s Day
By Marty Sabota
Glass artist Spencer Crouch helps Ashley Redford make a glass rose at Vetro. Juan Guajardo Star-Telegram GRAPEVINE
Adam Redford is a sweet, caring spouse who wanted to find a special experience to celebrate his wife’s 29th birthday and Valentine’s Day that followed three days later.
He heard some people talking at work about something really cool — or make that really hot.
On Feb. 11, Adam and Ashley Redford were making glass flowers at Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery. Vetro is a full working studio in Downtown Historic Grapevine with a team of artisans that hold live glassblowing demonstrations daily.
The Forney couple’s experience was one of the Feb. 11-14 Flaming Cocktail Hot Date Night events Vetro owner David Gappa created for couples and families to make — with a little help, of course — hand-blown glass hearts or flowers.
“After all, nothing says love more than fuel, fire and hot molten glass,” said Gappa, who founded Vetro, which is Italian for glass, in 1999.
Each participant chose colors from four preselected mixes and applied the colors to the hot molten glass. The participant stayed by the glass artist while the colors were heated in the 2,000-degree furnace and then blown out.
Adam opted for a more hands-on approach but when his blue and white flower started “wilting,” professional Spencer Crouch helped out.
“It takes a little bit of skill,” master glass artist Gappa said with a smile.
When it comes to romance, Redford has been creative since Day One.
He planned a proposal at the Tyler Rose Garden in East Texaswith a picnic and a ring hidden in a hollowed out kiwi.
“Ashley picked up the kiwi and threw it to a squirrel,” said Adam, both laughing at the memory. “I ran and got it back and then proposed.”
Ashley, who homeschools their children, ages 4, 8 and 9, said their evening for two at Vetro was romantic and was a perfect choice for her request that Adam find “something different.”
It was really fun,” the mother of three said.
Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367
Step into Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery and you’ll find glass blowers at work, sculpting and turning molten globs of glass with blowpipes, furnaces glowing with fire.
Owned by David Gappa, a former architectural designer, Vetro (Italian for glass) churns out a variety of pieces for both private commissions and the adjacent gallery, which also sells blown, fused and sculpted pieces from artists around the world. You might find Gappa, or one of three other on-staff glassworkers, crafting a range of items including jewelry, decanters and sculpture.
I told myself I would start blogging more in the new year when things settle back down. But there’s no better time than the present. And besides, I have a few minutes before Vetro artists kick off the Christmas season with our famous ornament workshops.
WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 2013 7pm-10pm WHERE: Vetro Glassblowing Studio and Gallery – Grapevine Historic Train Depot – 701 South Main Street,Grapevine, TXWHAT: There is one particular time a year we set aside to sit back, have a refreshing beverage, and celebrate our art and the people who allow us to perform our art for a living. We call this time Glass on the Tracks.Read more »
GADA HOSTS FALL GALLERY NIGHT OCTOBER 5 IN HISTORIC GRAPEVINE
Fine art event includes six galleries, live entertainment, complimentary food and wine
GRAPEVINE, TEXAS – August 19, 2013 – Grapevine, Texas is known near and far for its wineries, festivals, entertainment venues and bustling historic district. With the recent formation of the Grapevine Art Dealers Association (GADA), it is also becoming recognized as a fine art destination. To promote the city’s artistic offerings and member galleries, GADA will host its inaugural Fall Gallery Night October 5, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. along Main Street (galleries are listed in recommended order of visit):
You’ve been asking about the start of the sale, and it has finally arrived! Gappa and his team have an incredible inventory this year of seconds – pieces that didn’t make the gallery cut but are undoubtedly considered fine art glass. There might just be a slight imperfection that most eyes can’t detect, a color variance that wasn’t intended by the artist, or for whatever reason the piece didn’t get a nod of final approval. Hundreds of creations for 25% to 75% off normal gallery prices.
On the afternoon of June 15, we are dedicating our gallery and studio to the hard-working Father’s everywhere who just want to kick back and enjoy something different. From 2pm to 5pm, we’re opening Vetro’s doors to registered Dads (and their families) to grab the beer glass or mug of their choice. It’s first-come, first-served, literally, because Grapevine Craft Brewery (see below) will be on site to fill your new glass a couple of times with Grapevine Craft Brewery’s newest blend known as “Lakefire Rye Pale Ale”. Then it’s time for Dad to sit back and chill, watch a little live glassblowing and historic baseball highlights on the flat screen. It’s really very simple.