In December, Glass Axis hosts its annual holiday glass art sale. Alex Fresch is one of the artists who will have items for sale, as well as one of the instructors for the public hands-on ornament making classes offered during the event. She chatted with Rex Brown, executive director at Glass Axis.
Rex: What have you been doing to get prepared for this sale?
Alex: I’ve been making ornaments and snowmen! I’ve been experimenting with different colors and designs. Glass Axis provides me with an awesome opportunity to practice making them as part of their production team. It’s a great way for me to volunteer and give back to Glass Axis, but also helps me perfect my own technique. My ornaments keep getting better and better. I’ve already made too many to count in the past couple of weeks and by the time the sale starts, I should have plenty to fill my table.
Rex: I understand you will also be teaching a class during the sale?
Alex: Yes, I am one of the instructors. One of the classes I teach people is making blown glass ornaments. I volunteer some of my time to teach during the sale in exchange for my entrance fee to participate in the event. I think I’ll be pretty busy since glass classes are offered at a discounted rate during the weekend of the event.
Rex: How long have you been working as an instructor at Glass Axis?
Alex: I’ve been teaching classes at Glass Axis for over three years now and before that a demonstrator at Cedar Point. But I’ve been working with glass for almost 10 years.
Rex: Do you have any certain routine when you are making your ornaments?
Alex: I like to listen to the 80’s on Spotify while I’m blowing glass. That period of music puts me in just the right mood to relax to be my most creative.
Glass Axis will hold its annual holiday glass art sale Dec. 8-10. During that weekend, dozens of regional artists will display their holiday-themed glass art. Glass Axis will also be offering discounted classes for ornament making and jewelry beads.