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There are many reasons why chris Belleau works with glass. Trained as a potter since the age of 13, Chris was eventually drawn to more ethereal, fluid and translucent qualities of glass. The most fascinating aspect of blowing glass is the opportunity to play with color. He is the only glass blower in Rhode Island that makes colored glass from the raw ingredients. This allows for variations of intensity of hue, tone and depth which are not available with commercial colors. Recently, he has been experimenting with iridizing hot glass. Chris is captivated by the rainbow flow of colors with the variations of metallic and matte surface textures. One of the aspects he truly enjoys about his profession is teamwork. Most of what he makes requires the skill of another set of hands. Chris has had the good fortune of working with many talented assistants. They have all brought with them unique ideas and ways of working from which he has learned and benefited. The main focus of his work for the last 16 years has been the creation and production of glass flowers. Initially, he had absolutely no interest in making flowers. Many glass blowers were making them and they all looked pretty much the same. But the challenge of rendering these natural subjects in glass soon caught his imagination and he was on fire with ideas. Chris is not attempting to make botanical specimens. Instead, he is making works of art inspired by nature.