Just prior to leaving the ship to go into Miltenberg we were treated to a demonstration of glass-blowing by an artist from a neighbouring village. Not only was it an excellent demonstration, but he had a wonderful sense of humour.
He inherited the business, which originally made scientific glass products (beakers, test tubes, etc.) from his grandfather and quickly realized that he wasn’t cut out to do such repetitive work. He wanted to be creative with the skills he had learned.
He studied, and later worked with Chihuly in the US and all over the world and has the only rights in Germany to the Corning formula for glass.
We were thrilled to hear him say “oh, everyone knows Robert Held” when I asked if he was familiar with our local glass artist.