Good Morning Glass Blowers! - Blown Away: The Netflix Art Reality Show

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from the netflix thread:

All I needed to hear was "Good morning, glass blowers!" I am on board.
― trishyb, Monday, July 15, 2019

but do they make bongs on that show?
― (•̪●) (carne asada), Monday, July 15, 2019

no but they do make some really impressive art.
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, July 15, 2019

anyways, i'm on the last episode; it's been loads of fun and i really wanna talk with people about the artists.
they did a good job of presenting the work so that you can accurately determine who wins and loses each week which is a surprisingly hard thing to pull off.
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, July 15, 2019

deborah in particular is a delight
http://www.deborahczeresko.com/meat.html
she's a regular at my nearby BK glass blowing shop and i kinda really really wanna try it. it's fucking expensive though! Like $500 for a two day workshop or $850 for a six week workshop. And i gather this is the kind of thing i'd have to practice for several years before i could start exploring form intelligently. maybe someday.
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, July 15, 2019

Been watching Blown Away, it's pretty good. More intense than the GB shows (bake off, pottery throwdown, sewing bee); partly because it's just a more intense discipline, partly because the contestants are more experienced and can push the envelope more, but also partly because lol americans. I kind of miss the multiple challenges format but at least the eps are short and you can zip through it all pretty quickly.
― The Pingularity (ledge), Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Yeah, the hardcore Iron-Chefness of it is a bit wearing when you're used to the gentler pace of the British shows.
― trishyb, Wednesday, July 17, 2019

I like this Blown Away show. Good call. I appreciate how snappy the episodes are.
― Yerac, Friday, July 19, 2019

Although whenever they say "good morning, glassblowers" I change it into "good morning, cakesniffers."
― Yerac, Friday, July 19, 2019

I love how they just front out all the double entendres, too. Yes, it's a glory hole.
― trishyb, Friday, July 19, 2019

I love Deborah. I want to watch a show about 24 hours in her life.
― Yerac, Friday, July 19, 2019

RIght? She got VERY media savvy about halfway through and realized her persona was going to help her win this and went through an attitude shift. Never seen anyone do that on a reality show before, much respect.
her animal foot collection is dope: http://www.deborahczeresko.com/stampede.html
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, July 19, 2019

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 19 July 2019 14:52 (four weeks ago) link

she's a regular at my nearby BK glass blowing shop

Oh, so they just make them right there?

https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/shopping?q=tbn:ANd9GcRi0bKcPcTb5cMjsuwjRVIjNRseW7CkDLesKwsZC8MgGZZG7VkBm4-9cResFpaiK6-Vom04wa8HMZ556tlieaSCYZ6htxu4t41SIhsonJoUPkzo9_YuWK93&usqp=CAE

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 19 July 2019 14:59 (four weeks ago) link

special orders don't upset them

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 19 July 2019 15:00 (four weeks ago) link

I remember there being a glassblowing place near Bedford that looked interesting but I never checked how expensive it was.

Did you ever watch Work of Art (Bravo?). It was only on 2 seasons, this kind of reminds me of that.

Yerac, Friday, 19 July 2019 15:14 (four weeks ago) link

I like Alexander's aesthetic by far followed by Deborah's.

Yerac, Friday, 19 July 2019 15:15 (four weeks ago) link

I was a fan of Work of Art but I found it painfully rigged.
This is Deborah's BK studio: https://urbanglass.org/

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 19 July 2019 15:41 (four weeks ago) link

That place looks super nice. The place I was thinking of in wburg was like right near Blue Bottle is/was and was just a large garage.

Yerac, Friday, 19 July 2019 15:50 (four weeks ago) link

oh yeah, there's dozens of small studios in queens and brooklyn scattered around for sure. maybe i should try to find one.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 19 July 2019 15:56 (four weeks ago) link

Just finished the rest of the series. Loved the last couple of winning pieces.

Yerac, Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:58 (four weeks ago) link

tried the first ep... found the host extremely punchable and a frequent temptation to heckle. am I doing it wrong or should I dive in?

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Saturday, 20 July 2019 04:39 (four weeks ago) link

dive in rog!

glasblowing is one of my favorite artforms to watch - something so fragile coming out of such physically demanding, dangerous work is kinda thrilling imo

i would love longer eps to really see more of the process

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 20 July 2019 06:14 (four weeks ago) link

yeah i watched ep1 and am still mystified as ever about how glassblowing actually works, steps in the process, etc

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 20 July 2019 07:37 (four weeks ago) link

The host is bad but he's forgettable and whatever after a couple of episodes. They keep giving info about the process throughout the series but yeah, it would be great if they went more in depth. It works a lot better as there are less people later.

Yerac, Saturday, 20 July 2019 13:09 (four weeks ago) link

Can we start having spoiler conversations now?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 20 July 2019 16:35 (four weeks ago) link

Great show. Wasn't very impressed with either of the final collections though.

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Sunday, 21 July 2019 17:00 (four weeks ago) link

I want the eggs for my house.

Yerac, Sunday, 21 July 2019 17:07 (four weeks ago) link

i want those potatoes! and janusz's hairbrush and alex's terrarium.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 21 July 2019 20:10 (four weeks ago) link

watched a few episodes and I like it but I'm very frustrated by the minuscule amount of time given over to the actual judging conversation. in fact the whole thing is too rushed but particularly that aspect. also, in the british shows you get to know a lot more about the competitors so you care more.

Funky Isolations (jed_), Sunday, 21 July 2019 20:38 (four weeks ago) link

I think the brief 25-ish minute length is due to how it was originally broadcast on a Canadian channel that I hadn't heard of myself until... yesterday and so, budget and all that.

SPOILER BELOW

Also, between her bangs, the binary way she speaks about gender, and her final presentation, there's no way Deborah isn't a TERF, right?

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Sunday, 21 July 2019 23:09 (four weeks ago) link

Enjoy the show, but Momo was wildly underestimated -- head judge had no idea of what she was doing and a real ignorance of Japanese glass and art culture.

Three Word Username, Sunday, 28 July 2019 09:49 (three weeks ago) link

It's funny because I was always surprised she hung around so long. I did like her razor but the rest of her stuff always looked clunky/80s knickknack.

Yerac, Sunday, 28 July 2019 15:01 (three weeks ago) link

she was okay but seemed unseasoned to me

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 28 July 2019 15:09 (three weeks ago) link

Oh boy the ep where they didn't cut anyone was SO RIGGED. Kudos to Deborah and Patrick for playing it so that the show was going to have to cut Janusz, who was CLEARLY the most skilled, which they really really didn't want to do. I mean it was a huge cop-out and not the contestants' fault but it kind of pulled the curtain back on the machinations.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Thursday, 1 August 2019 13:08 (two weeks ago) link

Also by the last 4 contestants they were just KILLING IT in how tough they looked all lined up for the judging. A solid wall of workboots and determination and excellent posture.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Thursday, 1 August 2019 13:09 (two weeks ago) link

I loved watching Deborah's face every time the judges complimented Janusz.

Yerac, Thursday, 1 August 2019 13:10 (two weeks ago) link

i watched the first episode of this show expecting it to be basically the great british bake off but the cakes are made of glass and thus was alarmed and disgusted to see contestants actually say out loud that they thought their work was best and that they should win

how dreadfully gauche

Criss Angel Raw: The Mindfreak Unplugged (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 1 August 2019 13:10 (two weeks ago) link

Wait until Deborah starts sub-tweeting every other artist in her camera moments. "It's not my style to just pick up a bunch of cane just to show that I can. I don't do that."

Two episodes later: Does that iirc.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Thursday, 1 August 2019 13:35 (two weeks ago) link

I thought Deborah was robbed in a couple of challenges but boy, was that last challenge bad. They both were but... sausages and eggs?

Funky Isolations (jed_), Thursday, 1 August 2019 13:39 (two weeks ago) link

nah i'm not cut out for that kinda cutthroat competition, i want my contestants to be cloyingly supportive of each other every step of the way

Criss Angel Raw: The Mindfreak Unplugged (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 1 August 2019 13:40 (two weeks ago) link

FYI ulysses, I don't know if this is up your strasse but Portrait Artist of the Year on UK TV is great.

Funky Isolations (jed_), Thursday, 1 August 2019 13:41 (two weeks ago) link

Why not sausages and eggs?

But yeah Deborah was the queen of shade, can't remember when - one of the last few eps - but she gave one HUGE eyeroll when one of the other contestants was talking.

The Pingularity (ledge), Thursday, 1 August 2019 13:42 (two weeks ago) link

I loved her skillet. and that one beautiful large egg. I saw she has made that egg into a vase too. (not into her sausage chandelier)

Yerac, Thursday, 1 August 2019 13:45 (two weeks ago) link

i will look for portrait artist; don't think it's available in the US but i think i have channels

Deborah's breakfast was great and also a recreation of the most prominent project on her website.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 1 August 2019 15:47 (two weeks ago) link

FYI ulysses, I don't know if this is up your strasse but Portrait Artist of the Year on UK TV is great.

Whatever you do don't watch the BBC's Big Painting Challenge by mistake, which last year was embarrassingly bad and pretty much a masterclass in how not to paint.

The Pingularity (ledge), Thursday, 1 August 2019 15:49 (two weeks ago) link

just grabbed the first two eps of this year's PAotY; will report back here.

the ep where they didn't cut anyone was SO RIGGED

i read that as they were budgeted for eight episodes and just got the go ahead for a longer season!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 1 August 2019 15:52 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2019-07-31/netflix-blown-away-deborah-czeresko

It was my goal to become a maestro. There were no women maestros, historically, and that was something really important to me — to do something that wasn’t yet done by women. Glass never had women in it, except for packing it, or putting labels on it, or painting it. I went to Murano about 30 years ago for the first time and I entered a factory. I got introduced to the factory where Jeff Koons was producing some of his work... and when I walked in, they wanted me to blow a glass, and I said I would blow a goblet. The whole entire factory came running to watch me do it, because they had never seen a woman blowing glass before. It was frightening to me on some level, because there was such a division of activities. But also motivating to me, to become that person that could do it.

apparently urbanglass is now scrambling to add beginners classes

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 1 August 2019 17:57 (two weeks ago) link

anyways, i continue to hold out hope that great pottery throwdown gets picked up for an american/canadian audience on the back of this for netflix

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 1 August 2019 17:58 (two weeks ago) link

If they have another season they should let Deborah do the glassblowing info segments every episode.

Yerac, Thursday, 1 August 2019 18:07 (two weeks ago) link

perhaps side by side with kid mero

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 1 August 2019 18:13 (two weeks ago) link

They also need to get a different host than whoever that non-entity is.

Yerac, Thursday, 1 August 2019 18:16 (two weeks ago) link

He's kind of sinister! And clearly allied with power ie the series judge and positioned as a confidante to the judging, which is insane unless he's actually knowledgeable about glass?!? Like who the f cares, kid.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Thursday, 1 August 2019 18:53 (two weeks ago) link

I had to look him up. He was on Big Brother.

Yerac, Thursday, 1 August 2019 18:53 (two weeks ago) link

He looks a bit like Adam Scott when he plays evil characters

badg, Thursday, 1 August 2019 20:53 (two weeks ago) link

thanks for the heads up on Portrait Artist; it's spot on what I want out of a reality show. Very amused that after two episodes, I haven't the slightest who any of the "celebrity guests" are.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 4 August 2019 22:02 (two weeks ago) link

I’m really sad Alex and Momo didn’t get to go head-to-head with Deborah. Thet struck me as really inventive, and better matches than anybody else. Whereas Deborah’s whole “I’m a Creative woman, not just mechanical,” refrain, which got picked up by the judges, did her as many favors as her actual art. Obviously she’s insane levels of talented, but posturing herself as a creative feminist force - and then making a pan with a hole in it - struck me as first-year art student pandering.

rb (soda), Sunday, 4 August 2019 22:18 (two weeks ago) link

There are some people coming up in the next episodes that I imagine you will know. xp

agreed, soda but she was robbed in the potato challenge, I thought.

Funky Isolations (jed_), Sunday, 4 August 2019 22:29 (two weeks ago) link

well it wasn't a potato challenge but you know what I mean.

Funky Isolations (jed_), Sunday, 4 August 2019 22:29 (two weeks ago) link

Steve Mannion, the presenter of PAotY, is surprisingly charming.

Funky Isolations (jed_), Sunday, 4 August 2019 22:33 (two weeks ago) link

oh, it's Mangan, not Mannion.

Funky Isolations (jed_), Sunday, 4 August 2019 22:56 (two weeks ago) link

This show is hilarious, simultaneously almost a straight parody but also proof that just about anything can make a good competition show. I love being immersed in a world I know literally nothing about, especially something this relatively exotic, which is amusingly squeezed into a generically dumb TV competition template totally at odds with the almost magical craft on display.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 00:32 (five days ago) link

Where did they get this Dunkleman host?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 00:34 (five days ago) link

I love that on Netflix they cut out the coming-ups and before-the breaks filler that ruins many reality shows.

DJI, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 05:43 (five days ago) link

This show is hilarious, simultaneously almost a straight parody but also proof that just about anything can make a good competition show. I love being immersed in a world I know literally nothing about, especially something this relatively exotic, which is amusingly squeezed into a generically dumb TV competition template totally at odds with the almost magical craft on display.

― Josh in Chicago, Monday, August 12, 2019

Ink Master is the OG of this. It dropped off hard once they stopped focusing on craft to amp up "interpersonal drama" but the first couple of seasons are gold. With the added pathos of permanent work done under intense time pressure and out of the artist's wheelhouse.

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 18:42 (five days ago) link

I am looking forward to whichever ilxor first takes a glassblowing class.

Yerac, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 18:48 (five days ago) link

I'd be scared shitless! TS: molten glass vs. broken glass.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 19:31 (five days ago) link

i applied for a scholarship! doubt it'll happen though.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 20:10 (five days ago) link

I would never be able to do the blowing part, my lung capacity is shit.

Yerac, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 20:25 (five days ago) link

Looks like there's not nearly as much of that as I might have expected. At least from my limited exposure to glass blowing at Colonial Williamsburg. Just a little toot here and there.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 20:36 (five days ago) link

Looked like that was mostly the interns' job. :)

DJI, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:33 (five days ago) link


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