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Business Beat: 05/01/2020
Business Beat – It’s all about tomatoes for Oakmont author
Steve Albert of Oakmont has a long gardening resume. He’s been a Master Gardener, a University of California instructor, a prolific author, and he’s spoken to hundreds of groups at libraries, farms, private gatherings, and lecture halls.
Glass blower coming to Glen Ellen
Now working out of a private studio in San Rafael, Dickinson began looking for a bigger space to show his work to the public and give classes.
The kind of glasswork done by Dickinson, 26, is known as lampworking, or flameworking, where a torch is primarily used to melt the glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements.
Dickinson said he wasn’t really an artist growing up. His parents owned a commercial glass company, where he could see how glass could be manipulated into different shapes.
“Once I tried it, I was hooked,” said Dickinson, who has been creating glasswork for five years.
Elegant goblets, champagne flutes, vases, unique glass shapes – Dickinson honors traditional Venetian techniques while incorporating contemporary scientific approaches.
When not in his studio, Dickinson is also a teacher, leading many workshops in the Bay Area. He is a faculty member at The Crucible in Oakland, the Bay Area Glass Institute, and elsewhere. His work has been exhibited nationally, showcased in galleries and curated stores, and is included in a number of private collections.
When finally open at Jack London Village, Dickinson will be offering classes to the community. He plans small introductory classes where he can share the process he uses to make items like marbles and vases. Later on, Dickinson will incorporate more advanced classes.
Check Dickinson’s website to get a look at his work and to see when he might be able to open, www.dickinsonglass.com.
Business Beat NoteMost of the local eateries are open for take-out, wineries for wine pickup, grocery stores, auto repair businesses, body shops, places like Swede’s Feeds, Wildwood Nursery, Oak Hill Farm, Flatbed Farms and more. Just call and/or go to their websites for the days and hours.