What's Up South Texas!: Glassblowing artist teaches others in community

SAN ANTONIO – Glass art has always been captivating for resident artist Glen Andrews II.

“When I was maybe 4 or 5, my mom would collect these little unicorns and sailboats and she would bring it home and say ‘Look what I got you,’ and I would say ‘Thank you mother,’ and then she would put it up and say ‘Never touch it.’ I would be like, 'Thanks for my present that I can never touch' but I would just stand there and stare at it,” Andrew said. “The mystery of glass just got me that someone can make this into a horse or a boat or whatever.”

Andrews said he used to collect paperweights, but it was when he saw the art of glassblowing taking place right before his eyes several years later.

“I was in my early 20’s and I was in D.C. visiting my mother and I saw this man blowing glass and I was like he is not 10 feet tall! He is just a regular guy! I am a regular guy too! I can do this,” Andrews said. “As soon as I realized that I looked at my mother and I was like this is what I am going to do with my life.”

Andrews started his journey into the glass art blowing world, and after a series of trials, ups and downs, he eventually got to where he wanted to be in life.

“I started teaching at a studio before it shut down and then I worked at another which was a production kind of studio which was basically making the same thing over and over,” Andrews said. “I didn’t get into this to make the same thing over and over. Then this place opened up and I worked my way up and started taking control.”

He said the idea of making something into a liquid and then phasing into a solid and back into a liquid was like magic for him.

“You can make something so beautiful and it will last forever,” Andrews said.

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