Julia Ma
Glass

I blow glass because I love the material, the science, and the art. I started glassblowing at the MIT Glass Lab and have taken classes in Boston and the SF bay area. I have also been to the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts twice (2012 and 2016), where I lived/breathed/worked in glass.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 2016

Whisker-ware set of a bowl and two cups.

My two best pulled-kitties.

This only shows about half of the kitties I pulled.

My Haystack-home-cube, the Haystack logo side.

My Haystack-home-cube, the home side.

My Haystack-home-cube, looks like a mess when not viewed at certain angles.

Cane mezuzah.

Google Consumer Surveys logo on cups.

Set of spotted vessels.

Cup with prunts.

Cup with matching lip-wrap and my initial.

Trapped glass experiments.

Twisty pitcher with Roman handle.

Twisty bell with broken clapper.

Spiral plate that turned into a knock-off Chihuly.

Fusing and slumping class with Eyal. We experimented with stencils for glass.

A 3-iteration Julia fractal from 3 laser-cut stencils, before fusing.

A 3-iteration Julia fractal from 3 laser-cut stencils, after fusing.

Cane frame.

Cane and murrine bowl, before fusing and slumping.

Cane and murrine bowl, after fusing and slumping.

Cane and murrine bowl, after fusing and slumping.

Eyal's dinosaur fossil from a laser-cut stencil, before fusing.

Eyal's dinosaur fossil from a laser-cut stencil, after fusing.

QR codes from a laser-cut stencil, after fusing. The QR codes don't seem to be scannable by our phones though.

A 3D experiment with multiple stacking layers, before fusing.

A 3D experiment with multiple stacking layers, after fusing. As you can see, the multiple layers just sank into each other.

Fused flower.

The anti-Mondrian plate, after fusing and slumping. A hole appeared during the slumping, which I assume is from the glass incompatibility.

A 3D-perspective ball from laser-cut stencil, after fusing. The 3D effect didn't really work.

Fused cane.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 2012

Dragon vase with blue body wrap. Gifted to Elisha Ma, born in the Year of the Dragon.

"wood" in glass on wood. I accidentally wrote "mood" first.

Trapped a glass ball inside this...which is harder than it sounds. You have to keep the bottom of the bowl cold enough so that the ball doesn't get stuck, but then heat the lip hot enough to close it up.

Nest-like shotglass.

Crackled vase. This texture is made by dunking the glass into water.

Pulled-neck vase with a strand trapped inside.

Cane cup.

Orange and blue vase. The orange glass turned out to be incompatible with the clear, hence the cracking..

Vessel: an arterial one.

Cane bracelet.

Glass links. This is tricky to make as the temperatures of various parts need to be cold enough to not stick and hot enough to move.

Cup with colored bottom.

MIT Glass Lab

Laser-etched two Hebrew-Chinese fused names. Glass blown by me. Laser operated by Eyal Shahar.

A vase and two cups, made with overlays. Gifted to Eyal Shahar's family.

Matching green-trimmed pulled-neck vases. Gifted to Kim Popendorf and John Yao for their wedding.

Devo-inspired bowl. Gifted to Trisstina Yarber for her wedding.

Devo-inspired bowl, prototype.

Devo-inspired bowl. Gifted to Trisstina Yarber for her wedding.

Cane cup.

Cane ornament.

Cane cup.

Optical twist cup. Gifted to Michael Betancourt.

Large bubble-wrapped cup. Gifted to Eyal Shahar for his birthday.

Pumpkin. Gifted to Sandy Sener.

Multi-colored vase. Gifted to Julie Lee.

Aventurine green vase. Gifted to Sep Kamvar.

Opaque orange narrow-lipped vase. Gifted to Cesar Hidalgo.

Heterochromia cup, inspired by Eyal Shahar's eyes. Gifted to Eyal Shahar.

Pulled-neck vase with matching flower. Gifted to Eliane Baumann and Chong Zheng.

Pulled-neck spiral vase. Gifted to Andy Lippman.

Orange bowl.

Clear body, opaque-footed bowl.

Clear bowl with foot.