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new podcast: john pomp glass

last week i hopped a subway up to williamsburg to speak with one of the city's most celebrated glass artists, john pomp. i've been a fan of john's work for some time now- the way he works with color and form always brings to mind a certain sensuality that is often missing from glass these days. john has devoted his time not just to creating beautiful glass, but to creating a place where people can explore and produce their own glass. behind the pomp storefront is 160 glass, a studio that is open to anyone in the area that would like to take classes and learn more about the art of glass blowing. and this february, john is offering a special valentine's day glass blowing class where couples can come and do something different together. so, to hear more about 160 glass' classes and hear john's podcast simply click "play" below. you can hear all that john has to say about glass, the tempermental nature of contemporary design and of course, some words of wisdom (not to be missed) for design students and those looking to start their own design-based companies. enjoy!

[if you would like download the file and listen later just click here. you can also subscribe to the d*s podcast feed by signing up at itunes. just search for "design*sponge"]

[photo above from the nytimes.com and photos below from johnpomp.com]

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Blogger poppy said...


1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One word: Wow!

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very pretty glass. Grace, have you considered editing yourself a little more after you record and trying to make your interviews more conversational? You sound kind of stiff and you're repetitive in parts and it makes it awkward and hard to listen to.

8:51 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

Yeah, I need to work on my interviewing voice. I'm so uncomfortable talking . I prefer to keep myself (in every way) out of site content but it's sort of impossible to ask questions without me talking.

However, I've never gotten complaints that it makes the interview hard to listen to. I'm only about 10% of the intereview so I'd hope that that wouldn't honestly effect the ease with which you listen. ;)


9:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Pomp is cuuute. I'm going to have to take one of those classes :-)


9:13 PM  
Anonymous Sheila M. said...

Have you thought about speaking your mind in a way that isn't completely rude, MarbaGarbo? Keep up the good work, Grace. My entire office loved your podcast. We worked with 160 Glass a few years back and absolutely loved John. He couldn't be nicer or easier to work with. And if it counts for anything, I think you sound real. You sound a little nervous sometimes but it didn't impede my listening experience at all. I know you're a real person, not a professional interviewer.

: Sheila :

9:23 PM  
Anonymous Bev said...

Give me a break. I find the interviewer's tone to be neither distracting nor annoying. That's such an offputting comment- if you don't like it don't listen Marbagarbo.


10:24 PM  
Anonymous Kate said...

Now she nabbed your post on the New York Times illustrator. For shame. TRULY A DOUBLE DISS.


9:53 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

I can't say things like that aren't annoying. It seems Margo has a problem with me or the site (see above). It's not anything new though...I'm sort of used to it by now. A few years blogging and nothing surprises me anymore.

Reposting 20 minutes later is a little funny though. At least I can laugh at it.


9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the beehives best.

Matt :)

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have a problem. It's not that her voice or her being in the interview is distracting or annoying, I was just telling Grace that readers tend to respond to a more conversational tone and you can tell when people are nervous because they repeat words that they otherwise wouldn't. I didn't listen to the whole interview because if you don't captivate me in the first 20 seconds, you aren't going to. In the beginning if you listen you'll see what I mean. It's not a harsh criticism, it's meant to be constructive. I know what I'm talking about.

11:41 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


Since you know what you're talking about, maybe you could send me a link to an audio interview you've done so I can learn how it's done. I'd be happy to learn a seasoned expert.


11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't do audio, I edit audio. Here's an example of audio I've edited and a soundslide as well.
Chuck is really good at doing audio scripts, because he doesn't read, he just talks and hits points.
I don't know why you all are so sensitive, if you want to be the best, it's best to take criticism in stride.

11:57 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


I am all for constructive criticism (and take a lot of it on a daily basis) but you have a history with this site and the comment section. You tend to make your opinions heard in a way that anything but constructive.


12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Glass. Reminds me of Caleb Simon, but in a good way :-)


12:23 PM  
Anonymous Can't we all just get along?? said...

I get what you're saying MP, and I agree that listening to interviews is subjective. That sound clip you sent to me was so incredibly grating, I shut it off in fewer than 20 seconds.

if it's not criticism that's enhancing the conversation at hand, why not send it in a personal email to Grace and spare the rest of us?

Just a thought...

12:50 PM  
Anonymous BB said...

Having lived in w'burg and wondering about the glass studio since it's early days it's great to hear this interview. I long have bought pieces there for weddings and special events - beautiful work! Thanks, Grace.

3:07 PM  
Blogger poppy said...

Grace, I find your podcasts to be rather enjoyable! they are always informative and interesting and it's so cool to hear from designers from your side of the world and what they're doing. It teaches and challenges which is only positive. I never have ever noticed any awkward or stiffness or even thought about that when i listened in.

i really appreciate what you're doing for young designers, the support you give, with your shop, scholarship and podcasts should be applauded!

Thank you for the opportunities and support you give to other bloggers as well. Your ethics in this forum are definitely something a few people could learn from.

10:00 PM  

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