Get blown away at Clay, Glass & Metal Show
Published: Thursday, June 09, 2011
By Catherine Kavanaugh
Daily Tribune Staff Writer
ROYAL OAK — Albert Young was taking pottery classes until he looked across the hall at the Center for Creative Studies and saw students working with glass.
He was blown away.
“I was hooked immediately,” said the 60-year-old Ferndale resident. “Glass is a very seductive material whether you’re looking to make or buy it.”
Young switched mediums, became a glassmith and now has pieces in permanent collections from such locations as Wayne State and Ferris universities to banks and hotels.
Clay, Glass & Metal Show visitors can see this master of molten glass at work all day Saturday at Washington Avenue and Fourth Street.
The 17th annual festival returns to Washington from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Young will fire up his furnace at 1 a.m. Saturday to give it time to reach 2,000 degrees for the weekend of demonstrations arranged by the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce as part of its 75th anniversary celebration.
Young will have help from two of his CCS students. They will do the glass demonstrations on Sunday alone.
The glassblowers will work at a portable studio, turning a mixture that looks like a cake mix into small blue goblets and vases.
Although Young’s work won’t be for sale, the chamber has lined up a record number of 140 juried artists offering jewelry, gifts, decorative art, pottery and architectural pieces.
Music also will get a spotlight with performers from the Detroit School of Rock & Pop.
Children will be able to express their artistic sides at the Creative Arts Studio tent at Seventh and Washington.
In addition, visitors of all ages can go join the Community Mosaic Project at Sixth and Washington, where the next set of tile panels will be made from scrap materials donated by festival artists.
Festival-goers will re-purpose the scraps into a vine and floral mosaic. Once completed, the panels will join the first two, created at the 2010 event, in the children’s area of the Royal Oak Public Library.
Shelly Kemp, executive director of the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, said the festival has evolved over the years and is now united by a central concept: fire.
“All the art featured at the show is manipulated by heat and comes from the earth,” she said.