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Eben Horton, Glassblower, Wakefield, Rhode Island

Eben Horton, Glassblower, Wakefield, Rhode Island
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Eben Horton
Photo/Art by Erik Rank
If Eben Horton minds the crowd of tourists, he doesn’t show it. His studio operates out of an old-fashioned gas station. Even with the twin bay doors flung open, the heat is oppressive. Lifting, turning, blowing, his craft is an endurance challenge. He gets just 20 seconds at a time to work the glass at his bench before he has to reheat it; then he gets a shot at another 20 seconds. If he takes a break, the glass will crack. Finally out of the struggle emerges a wineglass so fragile it defies its violent crafting. Eben’s is a store of unusual intimacy, letting customers witness the creative process and inviting them to snatch up his art while it’s still warm.

The Glass Station,318 Main St., 401-788-2500.

Justin Shatwell

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Justin Shatwell

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Justin Shatwell is a longtime contributor to Yankee Magazine whose work explores the unique history, culture, and art that sets New England apart from the rest of the world. His article, The Memory Keeper (March/April 2011 issue), was named a finalist for profile of the year by the City and Regional Magazine Association.
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