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Old 09-11-2018, 05:09 PM
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It's not off base at all and I remember your teacher.

I think a bit of reverence for your progress is in order from the time of the '62 workshopss when Nick Labino brought us all John Mansville marbles and harvey Leafgreen made a point of touching his hand to the back of a piece of glass, not the front.

David would have us walk into the studio and make expensive shit based on assumptions of how he got there. I do react to that arrogance periodically if called "save" the field. I'm not that person and I'm not deserving of any assumptions.

The "field" needs to police itself. Who has the vision to keep going despite these petty inconveniences that occur. In my shop, we blink and load another furnace. In others they just load SP87. In more, they damn well panic.
It's not so much the inability to respond, It's the damn hand wringing seeing something I Warned about five months ago and it was dismissed
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Tomorrow, Public glass could buy a mixer and make a far better glass based solely in public domain formulas and be fine, but,... it takes a little effort. Not a lot but a little bit and committing to a small amount of space to do it in. What it does take is turn around time, time, time, which is sold hourly. Bottom line? YOU Get a way better product and maybe just maybe your product ( gasp) improves.

This entire endeavor has been reduced to color rods and pathetic attempts to make colors where no one has a clue what happened and why. i really rebel against that given the history of glass. I certainly hope I never see a book adoring a color rod for a break through in our Glass making history.
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