The Mexican brothers Jamex and Einar de la Torre work collaboratively in hot glass. Their work reflects cultural influence, most notably Mexican folk and popular culture and Catholicisim, alongside reflections on the identity of other cultures they have engaged with. When the De La Torre Brothers visited the National Glass Centre I was ask to film their demonstration, but I was told that it would be unlike most demonstration that I have filmed in the past. They were right, it was a different type of glass blowing as they made more of a sculpture piece from glass.
It was interesting to see them make the piece, as with most art it is unique and they used the different resources that the NGC had to offer. One of them was the water jet cutter which allows you to have a digital image and cut those shapes out of a sheet of glass. This was used to add the clear wings that are placed over the eyes.
Filming demonstration is always hot work as I am working closely to the glass furnaces, but on this shoot it was the hottest I have even worked in. This was because the piece they made required many people helping which meant using all of the furnaces in the demonstration area, plus it was one of the hottest days of the year. The heat did course some problems with the camera which overheated. I fixed this problem by anticipating when there would be a break in the demonstration and I also change the batteries and the card a few times as they are the parts of the camera that get the hottest.
It was challenging to film this demo, but it was fun to be a part of and meet the De La Torre Brothers. One thing I love about my job even though currently I do most of my work in the north east of England, I still get to meet some great people from all over the world. One of my goals is to travel more with my work so I get to meet more people.