The Weekly Newsletter
Menus and Stories for January 24 - 29, 2005

A glass Still Life from the Corning Museum

...a pig...

...a goat...

The nightly dinners for the week (Call 252-1500 to order)
Dinners-to-go are available Monday through Friday.

Here's how it works:
Just call us in the morning and we'll take your order for that night's meal. Then come back between 4:30 and 6:00 to pick up your dinner - all ready in a heatable container. Simple, yes?

Monday January 24 Elsie’s Chicken Baked in Wine 9.50
Tuesday January 25 Seared Flank Steak with Stuffed Potatoes 10.25
Wednesday January 26 Maple-glazed Pork Tenderloin 11.25
Thursday Janaury 27 Chicken Parmesan 9.50
Friday January 28 Grilled Tuna and Rosemary Potatoes 12.00

The Casserole of the Week
Casseroles are made each Wednesday.
Call to order on Tuesday if you can.
Orders will be ready on Wednesday between 4:30 and 6:00.

Order a full pan for 9 (or so) or a half pan for 4 or 5.

January 26
Greek Shrimp with Orzo and Feta
half pan 19.75
full pan 39.50

...the "gather"

...adding color...

...the bubble...

A Note from Laurey
January 24, 2005


Sorry to be late this week. I’ve just returned from a two-week jaunt across the country and I got home too late to do anything but heat up my house, unpack, and go to sleep.

Week 1 found me in Corning, New York. I’ve been fascinated by glass for such a long time. I’ve told myself that when I retire I am going to go and study glassblowing. A few years ago someone pointed out to me that I could start sooner than that, and ever since I have been studying course catalogs and hoping and wishing. This year I finally signed up for a beginning glassblowing class. Wow! It was an amazing experience, my friends. My class, just eight of us, met at 9 each morning and stayed in the hot shop until 11 at night, if we wanted to. I usually started at 8:00, putzing around the studio, organizing my thoughts and the tools and such. Later on in the week I got permission to work with no supervision, so I’d warm up my hands and mind with flowers and little things.

At the beginning I was completely clumsy. I had held a blow pipe only a few times and had never managed to get the bubble blown. This time my goal was to get the hang of the bubble and also to get through to a complete glass (called a “tumbler,” since, well, everything is glass, right?) On Day 1 I fumbled and stammered and dropped and twisted where I shouldn’t have. By the end of the day, however, I had learned how to gather the material, had blown a bubble, had learned how to keep the molten mass from falling off the pipe, and, with a huge amount of assistance, had made a whole tumbler!

On the second day I worked with and without the instructor, adding new steps by the hour. I made a number of goofy, indistinct “tumblers” that looked like a kindergartener had made them. Making a flat bottom is a hard thing. Making a smooth side is hard. making a symmetrical piece isn’t the easiest thing either. Getting the bubble, centering it, blowing it up – not too much! – all of these are challenging things. I ruined a fair number of attempts. Thin bottoms are the norm with beginners and I had more than a few pieces crack at the very end, victim of not enough glass where it counts the most.

It was a whirlwind of a course, an intense study, completely captivating. Any free time I had I spent in the wonderful museum across the street from the studio. The pictures here are from there. Fanciful. Beautiful. Inspirational.

The class lasted a whole week – some 60 hours, give or take. And on the last day I actually made a flat-bottomed pitcher, complete with a lip and a handle. I have a collection of my progress. My first “gather,” my first bubble, my first tumbler, my first piece using color (whew it is ugly!) and so on. I have two boxes of things on their way to me so I can show you. I thought they’d be here by now but such is life, right?

For the next week I went to Colorado and skied for a week with Chris. I can tell you that after the intensity of the previous week I seemed to need to ski hard from the moment the lifts opened until the middle of the afternoon when my legs got wobbly and I wore out. I’d then sleep for a couple of hours and spend the evening watching silly movies and playing games. What a perfect time it was.

And now I’m home, filled with glass and thoughts of bringing that art into my life a bit more – in my spare time of course! And if my work turns out to look like anything, once I get my boxes of "treasures," I’ll show you some pictures.



...and even a tractor!

Contact Info:
Laurey's (yum!) Catering
Gourmet-to-Go (and to stay!)
67 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801


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Saturday 10:00 - 4:00 pm

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