Glass people: from glass fiber in Torgash, from Torgash in Glasses


I was always interested to find out what pushes a concrete person to art, creativity. Every time I get acquainted with the biography of some famous master, artisan, artist, glass, you understand that for each person the reason for this push is something your own, its own, unique combination of factors.

Apparently, it is in this that the greatest secret of creativity — he will not drive it into the tight framework of logic, it is so limitless that it is simply impossible to bring creativity formula. Therefore, if a person is destined to become a creator, he will become in any case, even contrary to everything.

I know the story of one very good man who being a sailor, 20 years old-year-old ocean expanses, one day, from nothing to do, went to the Riga Museum of Fine Arts to the exhibition (as he expressed) «terrible muzzle.» It was the exposition of Salvador’s paintings Dali. He stayed there for 6 hours, after which he went not to the port, no, but to the store of goods for artists. I bought paints, tassels and canvases. The next day, he wrote two things: dismissal and his first picture. Now he is a famous artist, but I will tell about him sometime later.

And today we will meet here with this person:

A few days ago, this person turned 73 years ago, he is one of the most famous masters of fusing of modernity, and his name is Moonsen.

Chalk Moonsen was born in the city of San Diego (USA) in 1946. He studied the glass-capacity craft at the Day Department of the University of Portland (Oregon), in 1969 he graduated from a bachelor’s degree, after which it goes to Canada and there organizes a glassware workshop. All teachers, colleagues, fans have referred to him a brilliant career, quick takes off and a lot of money.

But did not come around.

Just did not go.

From the word at all.

There were practically no orders, there was not enough money even to pay utilities. And in 1975, he closes the workshop on the castle and becomes the seller of luxury products from glass and ceramics.

And he traded these things so successfully that his company’s turnover was calculated by several million dollars. But, you can imagine how anharged it was a person to sell what he did not succeed.

Day by day, year after year to sell masterpieces of other masters, and his own workshop dust and calm under the castle. But everything changed in 1993, when Mela was invited to a small glass production to see how the glass was sintered on the new technology — Fusing.

Mel accepted an invitation and came to the plant. In his eyes, the master baked a glass pancake from a variety of small pieces, hen in a special form and under the influence of the highest temperature damn became a beautiful vase.

He stood and looked …

Nervously squeezed the handrail …

And on his cheeks rolled tears.

This day became the last day of his work as a merchant antiques.

He chose all things, all orders and contracts paid huge penalties, but the next day the castle was removed from the door of his workshop in Canada.

For three long years, he fastened the Ase Fusing, lived the injignment, all the money went to the workshop, on the glass. And only on the third year he made the first sale: his vase was bought by one of the galleries.

So, what is next?

He openpowered the door to the Olympus Masters of Glasswater, whose products sold before, smiled and calmly said:


Today he is 73, he is still engaged in his favorite glass. In his assets, all the national galleries of modern art, all the museums of the United States and Europe. But at the same time, he does not seek to make huge installations, it does not rush to paint its achievements in newspapers and magazines. No has no profile on Facebook or Instagram.

He is not a public person at all.

But every week of the walls of his workshop leaves one vase, the cost of several tens of thousands of dollars, which has already been redeemed in advance by some kind of modern art gallery or the museum.

He is creating.

He is in demand.

And he does not need more.