The Work Pays Off
At the conclusion of the four-week program, participants put on a culminating exhibition for family, friends, and community members, complete with a gallery display, speeches from second-year participants, and live demonstrations. For the first 45 minutes of the event, visitors wander the gallery, awestruck by the talent of our Fuego participants, as students pose for photos alongside their work, beaming with pride.
First-year Fuego Youth Leader, Sebastian Holland presented a series of delicate glass creatures and landscape features arranged in a whimsical scene. His inspiration for the piece came from a recent family trip to the Sierra Nevada Mountains where he learned about a local forest fire.
“They said this fire was very natural and it means the forest can grow. That’s when I had the idea to make a flower as the centerpiece and show the beauty of the whole thing.” In Sebastian’s piece, small glass flames danced around tiny characters, all perched atop a tree round.
Sebastian was also quick to note the ways in which the themes of beauty born from fire are present in both the inspiration for his project and in his personal journey with glass. In reference to both he said, “In the moment, it can be chaotic, but there is beauty in the process.”