CoryDoors — Zimmerman Art Glass #ThursdayDoors

Zimmerman Art Glass is on its 5th generation of the same Corydon, Indiana family. They used to be located off the beaten path: You went across the creek and turned left and when you figure you must surely have passed it you were nearly there.

Now they’re right in town, on the corner by my church. Here’s their building. Guess what business they repurposed the building from. The doors should give you a clue.

ZimmermanBuildingI met a couple of friends at Zimmerman’s one fine day. You can see Harmony and Health natural/organic food store behind them. Andrea from England is in pink and Ginny from New Albany is in blue.

ZimmermanAnGWe went in and browsed the gift shop.

ZimmermanShopThen we went into the workshop and watched Kerry Zimmerman make a vase. We also learned the answer to a question I’ve long had: Why do they call it “hand-blown” glass when you blow with your MOUTH? Well, kids, you call it mouth-blown when you blow it with your mouth. I’mma show you Kerry doing hand-blown glass.

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Andrea and Ginny went back two days later, and Ginny bought that very same vase for Andrea, who now has it in her sitting room in England.

Yes, of course we have a piece. It’s a paperweight.

ZimmermanOursAin’t that a pip?

This has been part of Norm Frampton’s wonderful Thursday Doors link-up. Go on over and see what other dooristas have contributed this week.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about glass.

MA

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One thought on “CoryDoors — Zimmerman Art Glass #ThursdayDoors

  1. Joey

    April 28, 2016 at 9:10am

    Gorgeous! I’d love to browse that little shop!

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  2. norm 2.0

    April 28, 2016 at 1:56pm

    Just love watching these artisans at work. It takes a lot of time and dedication to get really good at glass blowing. Thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚

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      Marian Allen

      April 28, 2016 at 2:45pm

      When he poked that blob of glass with that wet spike and it poofed up, it was like magic! In fact, in the latest Sword & Sorceress anthology, there was a story about magical glass blowing. I gave Kerry a copy. πŸ™‚

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  3. Alana

    April 28, 2016 at 6:18pm

    I’ve loved to watch glass blowers from an early age. It’s always fascinated me.

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      Marian Allen

      April 29, 2016 at 8:26am

      It’s wonderful to watch, Alana! My mother used to work for Corning Glass in Corning, New York, and a visit to her always included a trip to the Steuben “factory,” which was just like Zimmerman’s only with more guys and more glory holes.

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  4. janet

    April 28, 2016 at 7:06pm

    I do love glass, Marian, so thanks for the visit.

    janet

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  5. Jean Reinhardt

    April 28, 2016 at 7:06pm

    Five generations in the same family, that’s amazing and so lovely. Good name that, ‘dooristas’ I like it.

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      Marian Allen

      April 29, 2016 at 8:28am

      I have a nagging feeling I didn’t come up with “dooristas,” Jean, but saw it on somebody’s Thursday Doors post. I like it, too. πŸ™‚

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  6. Jane

    April 29, 2016 at 8:35am

    Where to start??

    I love snagging glass at second-hand shops. You never know what great find has eluded the ownership of somebody else.

    I have a Murano glass bead necklace, which I was going on about to an old friend, and when she said why would you want glass? I was just struck speechless. (Not you, Marian, pal; that other old friend who kept trying to Jesus me up)

    Anyway, remember the Keith Laumer story about the impurities in the glass?

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      Marian Allen

      April 29, 2016 at 10:08am

      Oh, I will never forget the impurities in the glass. ~grin~

      That may not have been I who asked the question, but it sure sounds like one I would ask. Although I have that beautiful Carder Glass ring….

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