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Glass artist Peter Patterson works with hot glass during a class at his workshop in Mundelein.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Glass artist Peter Patterson makes glass expand by blowing through a stainless steel tube.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Hot glass is twisted with a pair of pliers as this piece takes shape.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Orange coloring was been added to this piece of hot glass, and will change color slightly as it cools.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Peter Patterson stretches hot glass during a group class at his workshop in Mundelein.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

A glass cup is transferred from one rod to another so it can be further manipulated.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Orange light illuminates Peter Patterson's face as he gathers hot glass.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

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A piece is finished off with a blowtorch similar to a welder's torch. The process adds shine to the piece.

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Glass artist Peter Patterson of Mundelein was drawn back to that medium after studying different kinds of art in college. His aquatic-inspired works keep him busy in his studio, but he also finds time to teach the craft to others. "The thing I like about glass so much is that it is very fluid," Patterson says. "When it's hot it moves and you can shape it the way you want. It's very lustrous."
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    • Glass artist Peter Patterson works with hot glass during a class at his workshop in Mundelein.
    •  Glass artist Peter Patterson makes glass expand by blowing through a stainless steel tube.
    •  Hot glass is twisted with a pair of pliers as this piece takes shape.
    •  Orange coloring was been added to this piece of hot glass, and will change color slightly as it cools.
    •  Peter Patterson stretches hot glass during a group class at his workshop in Mundelein.
    •  A glass cup is transferred from one rod to another so it can be further manipulated.
    •  Orange light illuminates Peter Patterson’s face as he gathers hot glass.
    •  A piece is finished off with a blowtorch similar to a welder’s torch. The process adds shine to the piece.
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