Jose Godoy, a 17-year-old senior at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, has tried a variety of unique arts throughout his high school years. But his favorite is glassblowing, an artform he’s working on now.
Godoy said he wants to continue pursuing art after he graduates, but just as a hobby or side job to something a little more stable. He sat down with the Post Independent to talk about the opportunities he’s been given at CRMS, why he loves glassblowing and where he’s going from here.
Post Independent: What kinds of art classes have you taken at CRMS? What’s been your favorite so far, and why?
Jose Godoy: At CRMS, I have had the opportunity to try several arts, like ceramics, blacksmithing and glassblowing. My favorite one would be glassblowing because it has encouraged my development as a person and as a craftsman.
PI: Tell me about your glassblowing class. What is glassblowing? What are some of the projects you’ve been working on?
JG: Glassblowing at CRMS is actually not a class; it is a work crew, which means that it’s something that students here do after class and make cups for the Bar Fork (the dining hall). The work crew happens two days a week after class for two hours. Some people decide to pursue this outside of the designated hours. Glassblowing is the craft of making objects out of melted silica, which is sand. You can add color to it by adding oxides to the glass. To make blown objects, you get glass on the end of a hollow steel rod and blow through it as you shape it and turn it into a deliberate object. In the work crew, I have been helping Dave Powers, the glassblowing teacher, teach students that are new to glass. I get to make things on my free time like the weekends. What I like about glass is that you can make things that people get to use, and at the same time enjoy both visually and physically.
PI: Do you think art is something you’ll keep pursuing after high school? If so, in what capacity?
JG: I want to pursue art after school as a hobby. Maybe as a side job since it is really hard to get your name out there and be very successful as an artist. But I definitely will keep doing some type of craft — clay, glass or iron — after school is over.
PI: CRMS has some pretty amazing art opportunities for its students. Can you talk a little about how this access to varied and unique art classes has helped you in other aspects of your academics or life in general?
JG: The easy access to art that CRMS offers to its students has helped me look at things differently. Not only glass or clay objects, but everything. It has made me look at something and think about how hard it would have been to make it 400 years ago and how fun and relatively easy it is to make it now.
PI: Do you have any idea what you want to do after high school?
JG: Right now the future is a little uncertain because the situation in Venezuela, [where I’m from], isn’t the greatest at all. But hopefully it soon gets better.
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