Drew and Jeannine Hine: A Passion for Glass
Drew and Jeannine Hine started Vessel Studio Glass when they met 15 years ago in Pittsburgh, PA at a local glassblowing facility. They built a private studio in the South Side and began their own line of products and one of a kind pieces. Although they love simple, contemporary pieces with bright pops of color, fall has always been their passion. They were married in Vermont on a maple farm and made their first batch of glass pumpkins for the guests at their 2007 wedding. They were so well received they began taking a few here and there to shows and festivals where they continually sold out. They have expanded the line which now includes pumpkins, tall gourds, acorns, and leaves which can be found here at the Shaker Woods Festival!
Each piece Drew and Jeannine create starts with a simple gather, or collection of clear molten glass onto the end of a hot blow pipe. From there chipped up bits of colored glass are applied to the mass of glass to create various effects. By layering different sized grains and colors they are able to achieve the numerous colors and designs seen in their work. ?
They then blow into the pipe to expand and stretch the material and use several wooden and metal tools to get the final shape. Once the piece is finished it is loaded into a 1000 degree kiln where it sits for 18 hours and slowly cools to room temperature.
Drew and Jeannine Hine will be demonstrating in booth #128.