Creativity can be impeded by the stress of a day job, unless you're an artist by trade, in which case creativity can be impeded by the stress of selling your body for 25 bucks a go. Finally ditching the day job and diving back into making stuff, Hombre Gatto. Hombre Gatto (not his real name) is a glass-blowing beast who first dabbled in the craft back in the '70s, but is just now fully devoting himself to it after finishing up a 25-year, quartz-free stint on the UT technical staff. His favorite material is the beer bottle, which he converts into handy household nightlights by hollowing out the heel, bulbous vases by expanding the body, and heavy decorative bowls by coating crunched remains with copper-color mica; he also uses bottle lips to create "redneck pacifiers", a trashily artistic exploration into the compulsion to substitute Bud for boobies. Other offerings include tiled mosaics with ghostly protruding faces (also made out of beer bottles), fused plates in black and white zebra stripe patterns, and bowls ranging from Venus Flytrap-looking numbers to psychedelic jobs done up in tessellating bars of color, a bowl best appreciated after smoking one. Hombre will do custom jobs, the easiest being booze-based: all you have to do is empty your favorite bottle, which should be easy, considering how bitter you are about having to fund your interpretive-dancing dream with interpretive sexual morality.