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New Glassblowing Studio in Calrsbad

San Diego
Union Tribune

Sense of community flows for amateurs and pros alike at glass-making studio and gallery, which also has a make-your-own area

BY SOPHY CHAFFEE

MAY 28, 2022 6 AM PT

Visiting Barrio Glassworks in Carlsbad poses a risk, but not from the 2,125-degree furnace that keeps 300 pounds of melted glass molten at the heart of the open-air studio, gallery and shop.

It might come as you watch, mesmerized, from the observation area, while artists blow, stretch and coax that molten material into, say, an undulation of gray glass inspired by stacked stones at the beach, or a large bowl the color of tea speckled with white.

It might come in the form of temptation in the gallery and shop, where you can purchase speckled bowls crafted by Taryn Jayne, glass butterflies by Nic McGuire, and glass sculptures by visiting resident artist Steven Ciezki — including that gray glass, which now sits atop an egg-shaped, lipstick-red vessel. (The butterflies so captivated one patron that he started with one, but now has a flight of them displayed on his condo wall.)

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