Tour Stop 5:
The Quonset Hut
Banded Bottles, blown glass
Bruce Ferguson started blowing glass 21 years ago and it quickly became a hobby/passion that continues to fascinate, frustrate, and reward him. Undertaking such a complex craft while working full time just about guarantees a slower path than normal in terms of skill development. It also rewards with the opportunity to develop the skills he chooses and create work without concern for whether or not there will be demand for it. Bruce says, "I make pieces because I want to. Sometimes I make a lot of an item simply for the challenge and to improve my skill set (he has way more pumpkins and ornaments than in the photos)."
"At other times I'll make one of a kind pieces just to see if I can do it. Another source of joy has been teaching glassblowing for 20 years. To see the “ah-ha” moment expressed on a students face as they understand and execute a skill is particularly rewarding. I retired six years ago after a career as an air traffic controller. I've got more glass to make and my favorite piece is the next one on the end of my blowpipe."
"This is my first year with the Catoctin Holiday Artists. I've visited the tour stops for years. It's unfortunate that the event can't be in person this year but all the participating artists can use your support. I don't have online sales or ordering. I think you need to see and feel the work I create. As we move closer to November (when the tour would normally be held) I'll see if I can come up with a way to safely accept visitors interested in my work. I will update this and other social media pages maintained by CHAT with contact information. If it doesn't work out I hope you enjoy the pictures I've posted and I look forward to seeing you next year when you can get your hands on glass."
Platter and Vases, blown glassPumpkins, blown glassFlasks and Planters, blown glass