How can a piece of glass be a piece of art?
A huge grin appears on the face of Jonathan Michael Davis. He is burning hole after hole through spheres of glass. They make a popping sound.
Davis is a glassblower. He uses a flame made to form glass. It is turned into art. He works at his studio in Chatham County, North Carolina. That's near Pittsboro. As the temperature from the torch in Davis' studio rises, there is excitement. A sculpture is in the making.
On a recent day, Davis was preparing a large piece. It was for the Sculpture in the Garden Exhibition at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill. Other sculptors contribute, too.
"I've never done anything this big or expensive and time consuming before," Davis says. "I wanted to kind of push myself, at least in my mind. If I put forth as much effort as I possibly can, that's going to be received in some way."