GLASS HOUSE XPERIENCE | PASSING THRU
ENTRY BY JEREMY/HI54LOFI: AUG 2019
From October 18th to 27th, 2019, Glass House Xperience will be pulling their mobile glassblowing studio thru Highway 95eh with an extended stop in Kimberley, outside Mountain Grass Glass Gallery & Smoke Shop. But who exactly is passing thru? And why? Well, if you’d stop asking questions and just start scrolling, all is answered below…
HELLO! HOW ARE YOU? ALSO, FOR THE FOLKS AT HOME THAT DIDN'T DO THEIR PRE-Q&A HOMEWORK… WHO ARE YOU & WHAT DO YOU DO?
My name is Mandy Patchin, owner and one of the artists at Glass House Xperience. We are Canada's only mobile glassblowing studio and we travel Western Canada, building the art community. We offer beginner classes, memorial glass services, custom pieces, awards and more.
FOR REASONS UNKNOWN—OK, MAYBE THE REASONS ARE OUR OUT-OF-THE-WAY LOCATION & SMALLER POPULATION—THESE NECK OF THE WOODS DON'T ALWAYS END UP ON EVERYBODY'S EVENT ITINERARY. SO HOW DID WE GET SO LUCKY TO HAVE YOUR 'MOBILE GLASSBLOWING STUDIO' PASSING THRU THE NEIGHBOURHOOD?
We want to travel to destinations that wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to try the art of Glassblowing. Our goal is to share this amazing medium with as many people as possible. Glassblowing is a small community and we have ties to most other glass artists. If you haven't heard of Mountain Grass Glass (now you have), we have art for sale at Diana's awesome studio, so we decided to collaborate to offer this opportunity to the Kimberley area.
IF YOU COULD ONLY USE 5 WORDS TO DESCRIBE WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR 'MOBILE GLASSBLOWING STUDIO' (AND FOR THE SAKE OF THIS QUESTION, LET'S ASSUME YOU CAN ONLY USE 5 WORDS) WHAT WOULD THOSE WORDS BE?
Unique outdoor experience, like no other.
Fun, hot, molten, adventure, sweaty.
ACTUALLY, SINCE IT'S THE INTERNET AND WE CAN EMBED STUFF, WHY DON'T YOU SHARE SOME PICTURES AND/OR VIDEOS TO GIVE US ALL A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT TO EXPECT? (IE. TRIGGER THAT NEW PART OF OUR BRAINS THAT MAKES US START IMAGINING ALL THE INSTAGRAMMABLE MOMENTS)
(follow Glass House Xperience on Instagram for more visuals)
OK, SO NOW THAT WE'VE ALL GOT A DECENT IDEA OF WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE 'MOBILE GLASSBLOWING STUDIO'… WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT TOURING AROUND A MOBILE GLASSBLOWING STUDIO?
I have a daughter and husband, so spending time with them is important. We do a lot of cooking, fresh and new recipes. Love traveling, volunteering, walking, weekly adventures trying new experiences with them, shows, concerts and events. Also taking care of one's self is important too — meditation, working out and eating good food.
AND—EVEN THOUGH WE'VE ONLY KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR 5 QUESTIONS—WHAT'S SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT WOULD TOTALLY SURPRISE US?
My favourite ride at the amusement park is the Roller Coaster 😊
As much as I love Glass Blowing, I love business and all the ups and downs and complexity of figuring out how to make it work. I also love helping others figure out their businesses too. Since becoming an entrepreneur, I have made many friends who own their own business — nothing like shooting the shit with someone that truly understands the feeling of your stomach pushing upwards from gravity into your throat, only moments later to realize: hey, its going to be okay... until the next drop.
FINALLY... PLEASE LEAVE US ALL WITH YOUR BEST PIECE OF LIFE ADVICE THAT YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD START DOING / USING / WATCHING / LISTENING / EATING / THINKING / QUITTING / READING / ETC-ING TO MAYBE MAKE THEIR LIFE A LITTLE BIT BETTER AND/OR BEARABLE.
Living outside the walls of comfort is truly where transformation happens. So do something that you wouldn't normally do every day or even every week.