THE ST0RY 0F THE D0NUT
Flashback to 1998... I had just relocated to Portland, Maine. At my first job in Maine, working at Dunkin Donuts. I will say it was the perfect job. I was working the 9pm-5am graveyard shift at the drive-thru and helping out the baker with decorating and filling donuts. I was able to work alone all night, uniform consisted of my phish shirts and a Dunkin Donuts hat or visor, and the best part was the ability to take weeks off for tour and random traveling. At those shows I was meeting a plethora of like-minded, phun, talented people, some of which were glass-blowers. I would go to VT and visit my new glass-blowing friends and watch them work, these were the people who gave me the first introduction to my passion for glass.
Back in Portland, after a couple years of the same old Dunkin Donuts drive-thru routine I started doing more baking and eventually was promoted to head baker. The freedom of blasting music and making donuts throughout the night was intoxicating. My true love of baking was growing right along with my love of glass-blowing. I built my own little glass-blowing studio in my garage and when I got home from making donuts all night I would go to my studio and rage my major minor. One of those mornings behind my torch I thought to myself, “Man... I want to make a glass donut pipe.”
As the years went by my baking position was outsourced and I was out of a job. I got jobs baking at some local bakeries, delivering pizzas and whatnot, trying to squeeze time in on my torch whenever I could. But, I was hooked on glass so I finally made the plunge and became a full time glass artist. When I was given the chance to move into Royal River Glass Studio , I pounced. This undoubtedly was a major turning point in my life and the life of the donut. I was now exposed to creative, innovative artists that would help support and shape my views on glass and the glass donut.
The only thing missing in my new career was that happiness inside of me that came out while I was baking those donuts... luckily I have been able to wake up and revive that happiness, but this time developing and making glass donuts.