Thanks to our friends John and Debra, Joe and I were invited to attend the Grand Opening of Joe Cariati's Glass Blowing Studio in nearby El Segundo last Saturday evening. A former warehouse in a mixed use neighborhood of homes, WWII Quonset huts, and industrial activities, 141 Penn Studios has been transformed into an inspiring studio with furnaces, equipment and tools in an ideal setup. Wide doors at each end let sea breezes flow through to keep the work space cool.
Formerly an instructor in California State University, Fullerson's award winning glass blowing program, Joe Cariati is now fully engaged in his new space. He makes glassworks for commercial buyers like Ikea, offers classes for beginners as well as more advanced students, and rents time to experienced blowers.
Saturday night's opening featured a demonstration. Janusz Pozniak, from Seattle, made several beautiful glassworks during the evening as we all got to watch.
Find out more about 141 Penn Studios at Joe's website, www.joecariati.com.
Sadly, my new camera wasn't functioning properly, so I didn't get to take pictures. But here are some great ones of the event from the web: