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Kelley & Doug watch Simon work
Today, Kelley and I got to go behind the curtain and see, smell, feel, and listen to how extraordinary glass is made. We filmed at the Simon Pearce Mill in Quechee, VT. We started off preparing for Simon's interview in the showroom area. Not hard to pick a backdrop surrounded by so much beautiful glassware. Simon arrived and Kelley started it off asking him about where his designs come from. Thirty minutes flew by and Kelley wrapped up the interview by asking Simon "what has the art of glass-making taught you about life?" After a long, thoughtful pause, Simon began to share how his philosophy on glassware, business and life has changed over 40 years. We were all mesmerized at his answer.

Then it was downstairs to watch and film the steps of creating the Essex Wine Glass. It takes these Masters seven minutes to complete an entire glass, and the skill, patience, artisanship, and care that goes into each one is amazing. Kelley and I got up close and personal and to feel the heat from the glass coupled with the rumbling of the furnaces was intense. We will be filming again here, and our hope is to actually get to try and blow a glass. They blow glass here at the Mill seven days a week and it is free and open to the public. It is definitely worth the trip.

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Simon Pearce making glass
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