This month, we spotlight local glass artist Beau Lambie, creator of the Cali Vetro line to find out how he became a glassblower, what type of glass he specializes in and the artists that inspire him. How long have you been a glassblower and, how did you get into it? I’ve been blowing glass for 15 years. My glassblowing career began when […]
This month, we spotlight local glass artist Beau Lambie, creator of the Cali Vetro line to find out how he became a glassblower, what type of glass he specializes in and the artists that inspire him.
How long have you been a glassblower and, how did you get into it?
I’ve been blowing glass for 15 years. My glassblowing career began when I was 18 years old. I was inspired by a group of close friends, Jay Peck (Stoney Glass), Harry (HS3), and Denny. Jay invited me into his shop and from there he and Denny became my mentors. They let me use their shop, electricity, oxygen, and prep work and never charged me a dime. After a year of broken glass, burns, and frustration, I made my first sale. I couldn’t have done it without such generous friends.
Where are you originally from? What brought you to Northern Nevada?
I am originally from Bakersfield, CA. I moved up to Tahoe to enjoy its unique beauty and lifestyle.
What type of glass pieces do you specialize in? Do you have a signature piece?
I specialize in creating high quality, functional glass art. I’d say that my signature piece is the recycler, made from some of the best materials on the market, including German clear glass and the most sought after American colors.
Are there any glassblowers or artists that inspire you?
I am currently inspired by Eusheen. His recyclers are amazing. I’m also inspired by Buck. I just love his sculptures. I’ve talked with both artists and not only are they very talented, they seem like nice, down to earth people.
Where can we find your work?
You can always find Cali Vetro art at my two largest retailers, The Buttermuffin in South Lake Tahoe, CA and Art Dogs & Grace in Reno, NV.
Do you consume cannabis? If so, favorite strain? Favorite method of consumption?
I consume cannabis medicinally. I believe it provides so many benefits and has no negative side effects in comparison to modern medicine. With an overwhelming number of strains available these days, I’ve always preferred Kush varieties. My favorite way to medicate is with my Cali Vetro recycler in hand.
Does cannabis play a role in your art?
Yes, cannabis puts me in a relaxed and creative state of mind.
What is your favorite cannabis and/or glassblowing event to attend?
I haven’t gone to any cannabis events however, I’ve enjoyed attending the D.F.O. (Degenerate Flame Off) in Oregon. I also had a great time vending at Champs Trade Show in Vegas.
What recommendations would you give to those wanting to become glassblowers?
My advice to new glassblowers is to stay focused, have patience, be humble, and surround yourself with good people.