we are at the studio arts center this morning inside the hot shop and it is called the hot shop because this furnace back here 2100 degrees fahrenheit. it's sweltering hot. students here this morning just working on some of their pieces. and this weekend they're actually holding one of their annual sales to showcase some of their work that they've been working on throughout the year. here's an idea what you'll see at the sale and you can get this stuff for like a fraction of a price that you will play retail, things like vases, paper weights, pictures all different kinds of things. last hour, guys you saw me start my masterpiece. i'm calling it my masterpiece because it is my own personal masterpiece probably not worthy of being in the show this weekend but i'm making an easter egg because easter is coming up, right? shannon is here and i'm going to put my safety glasses on. safety first, right? >> safety first. >> i heated the glass, i applied the color and then i pixed it all in really well does that describe in a nutshell that i did and now we're ready to shape it in an actual easter egg. what are we using to do this. >> it's a wooden block and it's usually made in cherry wood and we keep them in water so they don't burn up. there's a layer of steam between the piece. >> lesson no. 1 don't hold it very long because so you can't breathe. >> you're putting it back in the furnace. why do you keep turning it? >> because it's been in molten state and gravity is trying to pull it down by continuing to turn the pipe you work against gravity in that way. >> okay. tell me a little bit about this program because this is one of the most well-known in the country; right? >> it's a really excellent program. and so i think we have about 100 students per week that come through here and learn a variety of glass working techniques. in five glasses. >> and you reach the limit and that is smoky. the sale that happens this weekend, what's great about it half of the proceeds are funneled back into the program; right? >> absolutely. and we have one of the best facilities in the u.s. >> your equipment is like world class from what i understand. >> the students work really hard on the sale in order to be able to come back and work in a really nice studio but it also helps them fund summer classes that they might want to take with artists around the country. so it's really great for the students and great for the facility. >> let's describe what i'm doing right now, shannon. >> the tool you're holding is a jack and you're making an impression in the glass and what will happen when we're ready to kick this off we'll create a stress point so the glass knows where you want to breathe. >> justin is being so hand in putting his hand between mine because the heat. do you have any idea how hot it is. >> it's 900 to 1,000 degrees. >> and real quickly the color. scomplap that. >> in the chemical makeup of the glass they'll add different metals and minerals to make colors. so, for example, gold is used to make reds and pinks. >> that's some of the colors that i have in mind. let's put up that graphic real quickly to show that information about the sale. it is this friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm and, of course, there's going to be some incredible pieces from professor david keens who runs this program. his work has been showcased everywhere. so an incredible field to get some of his pieces at the sale this weekend. you'll definitely want to check it out this friday, guys. and i offered to put my egg in the sale but i don't think it's worthy. >> you keep it,
krystle. your kids will love it. >> i think i'm going to keep it as a souvenir from my experiences today. it's been so much fun. thank you so much.