This video shows one of the most tedious parts of the glass polishing process. Cleaning up the eccentric grinding machine to make sure it’s not contaminated from previous silicon carbide grit. Of course this speedy timelapse took me over an hour in real life…
When I started working with glass, I remember I used to get impatient – my brain was wired for immediate results. I would get pretty frustrated when things didn’t work out as expected. Then one day I realized I needed to change my attitude if I wanted to get better.
I started training my mind to enjoy every moment.
The glass casting process is extremely slow — it takes over two months to complete a sculpture from idea conception to the final result. You literally spend weeks without knowing whether the idea you had in mind will succeed or not.
Glass has taught me to enjoy every moment and change my attitude from being impatient to embracing every detail of the process. If you don’t embrace patience, you are set for disappointment in this profession.
I’ve learned –at least in glass art– that the only way to thrive is to have patience. I think this is also applicable to other areas in life.
I always try to remember this when my mind wants to be faster than I should.
Impatience will get you nowhere!