The house and studio
As we anticipated arriving in Astoria, one of my favorite coastal destinations, we saw a little sandwich board sign along the road that said simply "Glass Blower" in big red letters, with an arrow pointing towards this lovely old white building. As we pulled into the driveway, we noticed a funny-shaped little studio with the sign "Fernhill Glass". We were welcomed into the studio/hot shop/gallery by Chris, as Claude worked his magic on one of his infamous "tie-dye" vases.
Claude's Basket Series
We stayed and talked to Claude for another hour or so, as the late afternoon air began to chill and the light began to change. It was a magical experience that I shall remember for a long time to come. Ted and I had not gotten our customary trinket to commemorate the occassion (our anniversary), so decided to purchase one of Claude's lovely vases in a vibrant, transparent raspberry pink. Gorgeous!
So, to sum up, if you see the sign, stop in and watch Claude (and/or Chris) work some glass magic. You'll learn a lot and meet some wonderful people in the process! I know we'll be stopping by to visit them again very soon.