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Glass-blowing coming to ‘Ragtop Festival’

By Staff | Jun 23, 2017

Rolla’s main street will be the site of an interactive art demonstration.

Fargo native Jon Offutt will give glass-blowing demonstrations next week during Rolla’s “Ragtop Festival.” Offutt will hold six presentations a day on June 30 and July 1.

Offutt has been blowing glass for 30 years, working out of his studio known as the “House of Mulciber.” He and an assistant create and sell bowls, vases and ornaments. In the past, they have also educated adults and students on glass-blowing and have also made large pieces for the governor’s office, Sanford Medical Center, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota State University and the Hotel Donaldson in Fargo.

The art of glass-blowing has its origins in Egypt. It appeared near Jerusalem around 37 to 4 B.C., and began in earnest in northern Europe in 100 A.D. It involves molten glass, which is inflated with a pipe.

Offutt’s demonstrations will be held from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on June 30, and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on July 1. The event is sponsored by the Rolla Arts Council.

– Tribune Staff Report

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