Interview with Vandy Hall, Part 3

This is the final installment in our three-part interview with multimedia artist Vandy Hall. The entire interview can be found throughout the month of March in the Featured Artist link to the right

 

Copyright © Vandy Hall, Artist

Copyright © Vandy Hall, Artist

 

What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you started?

How much of my time I’d spend being a business person rather than an artist.

 

Copyright © Vandy Hall, Artist

Copyright © Vandy Hall, Artist

 

 

Can you tell us something about your research into medieval and classical glass?

That’s a pretty broad topic. Glass blowing is special because the basic techniques are pretty much the same as they have been for a couple thousand years. I got to participate in a Roman glass furnace reconstruction project in the UK and it was amazing! It’s an absolutely incredible feeling to create something in the same way, with the same tools that someone would have 2000 years ago. My personal research skips around a lot, but one of my big triumphs is research on Viking glass mirrors. Most people don’t even know that there were glass mirrors before the renaissance! But there were small, convex, glass mirrors found at archaeological sites all over Scandinavia! And making them is kind of crazy – you basically blow a large glass bubble, then pour molten lead or tin inside, slosh it around so it coats the inside surface, knock off the bubble, and let it cool and crack into pieces as it cools. As far as I know, I’m the only person regularly producing these for sale. I have a blog post about this with pictures of the process on my website.

 

Copyright © Vandy Hall, Artist

Copyright © Vandy Hall, Artist

 

What is coming up for you?

I am applying for a lot of things coming up. I hope to attend graduate school in the next couple of years, I just applied to take some summer glass workshops, and I may be working on props for a tv show in the near future. I have several conventions coming up including Norwescon in Seattle and the World Horror Convention in Portland, Oregon. And of course I’m always making and designing new art!

 

Copyright © Vandy Hall, Artist

Copyright © Vandy Hall, Artist

 

 

Where can we find your work?

www.vandyhall.com

www.facebook.com/vandyhallart

www.etsy.com/shop/vandycraft